Larry's computer started to crash, and he had to do a complete restore. He's wondering if he should do an Acronis True Image restore or just reinstall all the programs. Leo says that there's a difference between a drive image and a restore. A drive image will create an exact snapshot of the computer from that point in time. Restoring that image will wipe out everything in the process and take him back to the moment he made that image. He can do a restore and it'll just restore the computer configuration with software, data and settings from the last time he set a restore point. Either will work, but one is a bit more destructive. So it just depends on how much he's willing to lose. Leo also says that a drive image does not replace a backup and never should.
Here are several imaging options that every Windows user should know about: