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Windows 7: System Restore moved my files and changed permissions


23 Mar 2011   #11

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It seems to depend where they are.

If you have stuff tucked into your windows defined user folders - should be ok .

If you have folders elsewhere - system restore will remove some filetypes.

I have folders on the root of the drive , containing programs I am making/working on, reg files, /dll's etc.

I also put some portable apps. in Program Files, or Program Files (x86).


FYI on this occasion , system restore failed - but still removed a lot of stuff.

I ended up repairing the registry from boot media to fix the original issue.


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23 Mar 2011   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

One more reason to use images. I never mess around with system restore. Half of the time it does not work anyhow.
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24 Mar 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Thanks for the info, siw2. I guess I must've been just lucky so far
But then again, everything important on my rig can either be recreated or restored anyways.
I just tried to wrap my head around this as to why that's happening...is the function sysrestore simply "borked" or what?
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24 Mar 2011   #14

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
Thanks for the info, siw2. I guess I must've been just lucky so far
But then again, everything important on my rig can either be recreated or restored anyways.
I just tried to wrap my head around this as to why that's happening...is the function sysrestore simply "borked" or what?
Looks like its by design.

Quote:
The job of System Restore is to bring the system state (registry, WMI, COM+, etc.) and all binaries, including executables, back to exactly the state at the time of the restore point. System Restore does not exclude executable files in users’ Documents folders because programs and drivers (or spyware) can be installed anywhere, not just under c:\Program Files.
Source: Understanding how System Restore in Windows Vista treats executable files - The Storage Team at Microsoft - File Cabinet Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Also, here.

Windows system restore deletes various executables and *.js files. How does it decide which files to delete? - Super User
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24 Mar 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Thanks for the info, Bill ! I think I was just too trusting so far
It does make sense that "My Documents" isn't excluded and everything after the snapshot is supposed to be gone.
I just wasn't aware of/haven't experienced that happening to random files.
But then again I rely on acronis as my "second line of defense"

-DG
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