If you need to roll out a standard software configuration across more than one desktop or laptop, you'll need an app that can make a mirror image of an existing hard drive.
For years, the venerable favourite for this process has been Norton Ghost, which used to require a reboot to DOS. With Symantec's acquisition of PowerQuest Drive Image, Norton Ghost 9.0 can now mirror a hard drive's contents without rebooting out of Windows. But that's something that Acronis True Image has been able to do for years. Add to the fact that True Image is much faster than Ghost and can also repartition and reformat a drive (something that Ghost still can't do), and you'll see why Acronis True Image is our Editors' Choice.