Is Windows 7 supposed to work this way?
I only have familiartiy with how win xp works - when xp restores, all updates (from program installs) in the 'program files' directory are reversed.
I have a new Windows 7 pro laptop and I decided to restore back to right after I first started the machine about 2 weeks ago. (it was an automatic checkpoint.)
After the restore, sub-directories for programs that I had installed, in two directories (program files and program files(x86) still existed.
There were no executables in these affected sub-directories, only files such as, .html, .txt, and .xml. It's almost like these sub-directories were kept around as stubs, or as place holders.
I de-installed Shadow Protect Desktop, just to exclude possible interference, and ran the restore again - same outcome.
I ran the restore from safe mode - same outcome.
Is this the way system restore is supposed to work in Windows 7?
If system restore does not effectively remove all items in system directories, how can I trust it to remove items from startup list; registry; services.
The exact thing happended when I did a restore from a checkpoint taken yb a program right before it installed.
Am I misremembering how system restore worked on xp?
Can I go in and delete the "place holder" -like sub-directories, and be assured that all other references to these programs have been eliminated from the registry, services, etc.?