I use Acronis TI10 and it has saved the day on a few occasions. A quick for anyone needing to restore from a full backup, use the opportunity if P.C. will allow to try anything you might have wondered about first. That piece of software, will it cause a problem, TRY IT. Nothing to lose if you're restoring anyway. Been a bit apprehensive of changing some setting, again TRY IT.
Depends what version of Vista. Home Premium will only back up user files/documents etc, Acronis backs up or "images" the WHOLE partition or disc (everything) so you can restore a completely "trashed" for want of better phrase, operating system.
Hi rawprawn, think somethings got lost in translation here. What I am trying to say is before you hit that button and start the restore process, if the machine is functional try somethings out, things you might otherwise think twice before doing. If your restoring anyway and you mess it up a bit more it doesnt really matter.