This is a general comment on the problems posed by installing FTM 11 on any computer, whether or not the user intends to use the built in Backup to CD feature. Even UFT users and TMG usersd may be interested in the potential problems.
FTM 11, but not prior versions, places a developer version of some unspecified CD burning software on the hard drive whether the user wants it or not.
Some times it works just fine.
Some times it doesn't work at all, with or without further action, (typically because the CD burner is too old or too new).
Some times it conflicts with existing CD burner applications, including bundled single device versions, and requires some severe uninstall/update/reinstall action. Until fixed, this may result in FTM 11 continually rebooting and crashing. One user, who was booting Win XP from a floppy, for reasons of his own, even managed to get a Blue Screen with XP.
None of this is necessarily FTM's fault, but is just a result of the chaos that exists in the CD/DVD burner application industry at this time. Microsoft seems to be staying out of the fray (for the most part) with Win XP, while waiting for the CD/DVD format battles to sort themselves out.
The Mount Rainier format, which will standardize floppy-like re-writeable backup operations, works only with newer, but currently available, CD devices. Mount Rainier uses built in firmware to perform re-writable formatting on the fly. (So don't stock up on pre-formatted CD-R/W disks).
Mount Raineer re-writable functionality is now available in full featured as well as single device bundled CD burner software, but is not yet incorporated into the XP operating System, and cannot be used from the FTM Backup menu...
Note: The undersigned dabbles with user problems on the FTM software forums, because there is no longer much activity on the UFT forum. -john moran