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Windows 7: Does restore point protect files?

04 Dec 2010   #1
Dabrowski

Windows 7
 
 
Does restore point protect files?

I want to run a de-dup and I don't want to risk losing anything if I click wrong or if the software is buggy.

I just created a restore point, but I don't know if that protects user document files. Is restore point only good for OS?

I also am backing up files, not through an image but through that subtle link that brings you to the familiar Windows backup and restore utility ("Let windows choose, Let me choose") to an external hard drive.

Any recommendations on dedup is welcomed, to. I plan to use Duplicate Files Finder or um, Easy Duplicate Files Finder.


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04 Dec 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Dabrowski,

A restore point does not include anything in the user profile folder.

System Restore Point - Create

System Restore


However, you could use Previous Versions to restore older copies of user files if you were not able to with your backups.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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04 Dec 2010   #3
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote:
System Restore affects Windows system files, programs, and registry settings. It can also make changes to scripts, batch files, and other types of executable files on your computer.

Note

System Restore does not affect personal files, such as e-mail, documents, or photos, so it cannot help you restore a deleted file. If you have backups of your files, you can restore the files from a backup.
I responded yesterday to another poster asking about duplicate files finders, and my reply was why? If you have a backup image, you can be sure to be protected. But you can never be sure with System Restore, even though it is much better in Windows 7 in my experience.

I would only use a dupe file finder on your pictures, music files. They will find many duplicate files on your system that are in fact, different files. Such as Java files with very similar names. Also, duplicate images can be used in features GUI, and they will break the GUI if removed. I personally won't use any duplicate file finders, and if you do, you need to review each choice, and make sure it is indeed a duplicate, and not needed by the system.

A Guy
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04 Dec 2010   #4
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Quote:
System Restore affects Windows system files, programs, and registry settings. It can also make changes to scripts, batch files, and other types of executable files on your computer.

Note

System Restore does not affect personal files, such as e-mail, documents, or photos, so it cannot help you restore a deleted file. If you have backups of your files, you can restore the files from a backup.
I responded yesterday to another poster asking about duplicate files finders, and my reply was why? If you have a backup image, you can be sure to be protected. But you can never be sure with System Restore, even though it is much better in Windows 7 in my experience.

I would only use a dupe file finder on your pictures, music files. They will find many duplicate files on your system that are in fact, different files. Such as Java files with very similar names. Also, duplicate images can be used in features GUI, and they will break the GUI if removed. I personally won't use any duplicate file finders, and if you do, you need to review each choice, and make sure it is indeed a duplicate, and not needed by the system.

A Guy
+1 Only use duplicate file finders on files that you, the user, have created. Never use it to eliminate system files.
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