If you take a look at XP activation, Office activation and more software's doing very odd things such as ADS (alternate data streams) what you end up with is that the archive program feature was failing better than 2% of the time.
-> This created support calls that the consumer would pan the product for failing to archive and restore said software programs.
It's for this reason that this feature had to go. It was becoming unreliable as more vendors implement features to press the issue that you must install the software from the original CD.
You may not like it, but Symantec wasn't the reason it had to go.
I am a long time user of Norton Utilities - Norton SystemWorks (a product which is now almost all junk).
I liked a feature of SystemsWorks, under the CleanSweep part of the program, it would track the installation of a program, including all files that are put anywhere on the PC, and all Registry changes that are made.
Using this information, you can truely uninstall a program, and know that you are undoing everything that was changed (many product uninstall programs don't undo everything that they installed).
An added feature is that, since CleanSweep knows all the files that make up a program, and their location, you can 'Archive' a program. This means uninstalling it from the computer, but creating an 'Archive' file that allows you to simply restore the program, including all of its files and registry settings.
Unfortunately, Symantec has removed most of this feature from SystemWorks.
Does anyone know of another program that allows you to do this?? Please let me know.
I have devised a method to allow me to recover a bad PC MUCH faster using this tool: 1. Install O/S, drivers, etc.; 2. Make backup; 3. Install applications, monitoring each install with Norton Cleansweep; 4. Uninstall (archive) programs with Norton Cleansweep, saving archive file on CD; 5. Re-Install program from Cleansweep archive; get rid of archive on HD.
Now, if my PC needs a complete 're-do', as they all seam to sooner or later, I restore my O/S backup, and restore each application from the archives.
This gets my computer back up much faster, and easier.
Only problem is my new laptop has the new SystemWorks which doesn't have this feature.
So does anyone know of another program with this feature?
P.S. I don't recommend Norton SystemWorks. They have ruined a program I stood by since 1984. This is the only feature left which I liked, and now it is gone.