Quote: Originally Posted by timlab1955
He said do a restore/backup before you install a program. That way there, if the program is no good or you uninstall it or something weird happens you can always go back to when the system was stable.
You wouldn't do a restore and then a backup in that case. You'd do a backup, then install the program. If you then don't want the program, you can uninstall it or restore your backup.
Most people would just uninstall it, rather than restoring a backup.
Backups come in several flavors:
System Restore points
Images of the C drive.
Images of other drives.
File-by-file backups of personal data.
Which you would use depends on the circumstances.
System Restore points only restore your registry to an earlier point in time. Images restore entire partitions.
Image restoration is not the normal way to get rid of a program. It's gross overkill for that situation.
You need to uninstall programs correctly and practice decent maintenance--which usually includes some reliance on System Restore, images, or both.