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Replacement for Windows Restore ?

by christopher619 / September 10, 2005 6:17 AM PDT

Have gotten the impression that Windows Restore can not always be relied on to do what it is supposed to do. What are the best replacements for it (''purchase'' software; shareware; and/freeware)?


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by Paul Roantree / September 10, 2005 7:34 AM PDT

I posted replies to your post in the PC Applications & Utilities Forum.

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Not sure what you mean
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 10, 2005 7:46 AM PDT

by "can not always" be relied upon.

if your Operating System is free of bugs, (viruses, spyware, safe from hackers, etc), and is working well, then System Restore should not present any problems.

However, System Restore is a powerful tool and should only be used when absolutely necessary. Best practices should be applied, ie;

* when installing a new program, create a retore point first, in case the program install fails for any reason.

* when making major changes to your OS, create a restore point first, eg, if upgrading your OS, backup your important files first, then create a restore point.

* If you ever find a virus, spyware or other malware, remember that it may have infected your restore files, so turn off System Restore, reboot into Safe Mode, re-scan with your anti-virus, anti-spyware or anti-adware utilities, then when the scan is complete and shows up clean, turn System Restore back on, and reboot into normal mode.

* If you can afford the disk space, allocate the maximum hd space allowable to restore files, (Control Panel > System, System Restore tab).

* Keep your OS clean of temp files, TIF's, (Temporary Internet Files), and empty the Recycle Bin.

* Perform regular Error Checking and Defrag scans, (once a month, or once every two months, depending how often you install/uninstall programs or save/delete files).

* Don't continuously install and uninstall programs. If you want to test programs, find an older machine to do the testing for you. Keep your main PC as neat and tidy as possible

There are options available, and I see that you have received other replies in the PC applications & utilities forum, but I have never found the need to use any other backup/restore utility, so I can't judge them.


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What problems....
by Papa Echo / September 10, 2005 9:31 PM PDT

...related to System Restore have you encountered ? That may provide clues to the state of health of your PC.

Note that System Restore rectify problems by rolling back to the previous system files when they were good. You still need to backup files you cannot afford to loose. Replacements for System Restore, (which are installed programs) may not work if a situation arises which would need System Restore, e.g. corrupted system files would have disabled the ''replacement for System Restore'' programs.

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