This isn't specific to Windows 8. It's more of a hardware issue in that my new computer won't run an Acronis rescue CD. It generated a "Cannot load Linux kernel" error so I burned a new boot CD. It won't run that one either but my other computer boots from both of them.
The new computer also boots from my Linux Mint DVD and my GParted CD so it seems to just have a beef with Acronis rescue CD.
It would be great if I could fix this but after two tries it seems hopeless.
I have seen a lot of other (free!) disk imagers since I got Acronis but I never needed to try any of them.
Can you recommend one that does basically what Acronis does? Free would be a big factor in my decision. Thanks.