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Windows 7: How much disk space is needed for System Restore?

12 Dec 2011   #21
kado897

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The tutorials section was what drew me when I got 7 first.


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12 Dec 2011   #22
2harts4ever

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WOW! That (Tutorials) is a gold-mine! I will check that out in earnest!
Thanks ...
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12 Dec 2011   #23
whs
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20% of that big drive is too much. Anything between 10 and 20GB would be ample. Restore points take up to 1GB per shot, but they can be smaller depending what you have on C:

Also I suggest to put your user data on a seperate partition and give that 5GB for the restore points. Is handy if you lost a file and want to retrieve it. ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders
Shadow explorer is good but you don't need it. Just use Windows built in previous versions which can be found in the properties dialogue..
True, provided it works and that you want the version last stored. But if you want to go back a couple of weeks, you can get there only with Shadow Explorer. That is why I prefer SE - I see what I am doing.
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12 Dec 2011   #24
kado897

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As with Shadow Explorer you can go back as far as you have valid RPs.

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12 Dec 2011   #25
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
But if you want to go back a couple of weeks, you can get there only with Shadow Explorer.
No, you can get there with RPs also, but it takes EVERYTHING "back there" whereas Shadow Explorer does not. It appears that SE allows you to look-into any of your RPs and pick/choose specific files you might wish to recover. I'm going to try it myself, thanks whs.
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12 Dec 2011   #26
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxseven View Post
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But if you want to go back a couple of weeks, you can get there only with Shadow Explorer.
No, you can get there with RPs also, but it takes EVERYTHING "back there" whereas Shadow Explorer does not. It appears that SE allows you to look-into any of your RPs and pick/choose specific files you might wish to recover. I'm going to try it myself, thanks whs.
If you open the Previous Version of a folder you have access to it all in Windows Explorer.

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12 Dec 2011   #27
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
If you open the Previous Version of a folder you have access to it all in Windows Explorer.
My goodness, I had no idea about that feature of W7, at least not for folders/files! Proving once again "you learn something new every day!" thank you!!!

Is there an easy way to access old Registry entries in Shadow Copies? NM, I found a link to something that I should be able to follow:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/31136...-in-windows-7/
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12 Dec 2011   #28
whs
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Thanks guys, I got it. Education never stops, LOL.
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12 Dec 2011   #29
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxseven View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
If you open the Previous Version of a folder you have access to it all in Windows Explorer.
My goodness, I had no idea about that feature of W7, at least not for folders/files! Proving once again "you learn something new every day!" thank you!!!

Is there an easy way to access old Registry entries in Shadow Copies? NM, I found a link to something that I should be able to follow:

How to Restore Previous Versions of the Registry in Windows 7 - How-To Geek
I didn't know that but having seen it it is obvious. We learn something new every day.
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12 Dec 2011   #30
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
I didn't know that but having seen it it is obvious. We learn something new every day.
Funny you would post about this today--I was having a problem with a program I had to reinstall, and was thinking "I'll BET the registry settings got blown away". Once I found the day-it-last-worked, I used the "Previous Versions" feature of W7 to find the old C:\Users\Max\ntuser.dat hive, copy it out and mount it with Regedit, and use regedit to export its key, then just double-clicked on it and all is well again.

Finding this makes System Restore so much more useful--rather than agonizing over whether to revert to a month-old Restore Point (all all that implies) I could just fix my specific problem using the Previous Versions method.

You are my hero today, thanks again!
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