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Windows 7: System Protection is OFF

23 Feb 2015   #1
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
System Protection is OFF

My System in "System Properties" has its "Protection" as OFF
Start > Control Panel > System > System Protection > System Properties (dlg) > System Protection (tab)

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I am trying to clean up my Registry after uninstalling "CutePDF"
- three lots of bundleware with one double negative opt-out that I thought I had outsmarted
- CutePDF do not supply an "uninstaller" any more for their free CutePDF
- Revouninstaller did not detect any registry items
- CCleaner does not find any of the CutePDF registry entries
- a manual trawl/search has found two keys each with 29 data entries
- created a restore point, as insurance
- disabled the "CutePDF" keys by renaming the keys with a "_obs" affix string
- rebooted and no problems
Q1: Should the "System" protection be Off or ON
- my inclination is to change it to ON
- but I would like to check with those who really know first (no guesses)

I know ... I know ... an image would have been simpler
- but I am not "there" yet ... when my busy meter slows down to insane





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23 Feb 2015   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

It should be on if you want the protection of system restore.
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23 Feb 2015   #3
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Thanks richc46 for your quick response

How could my "System" be OFF ?
- I don't remember ever "playing around" in System Properties
- Brink drummed into me in my early days of Win7 ... "don't fool around with protection"
- I was an XP advocate (not any more though)
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23 Feb 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That pertains to the 100MB system partition and it should be off. There is no room on that partition for restore points.

See in my PC the C partition is "System" because I moved the bootmgr to C and do not have the 100MB partition. System is where the bootmgr resides. It can even be the recovery partition like on some Dell systems.


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23 Feb 2015   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It is fine. The folder you have in the red box does not exist. It is phantom volume.
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23 Feb 2015   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It is fine. The folder you have in the red box does not exist. It is phantom volume.
That's no phantom. It's my C partition - guaranteed.
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23 Feb 2015   #7
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It is fine. The folder you have in the red box does not exist. It is phantom volume.
That's no phantom. It's my C partition - guaranteed.

I think that he means the OP
I do agree, now it should be off.
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23 Feb 2015   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It is fine. The folder you have in the red box does not exist. It is phantom volume.
That's no phantom. It's my C partition - guaranteed.

I think that he means the OP
I do agree, now it should be off.
LOL, too many red boxes. And SIW's cryptic answers don't help.
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24 Feb 2015   #9
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Thank you to all for your responses

My Toshiba laptop OEM Win7
- I 49% guessed it was the OEM partition (if that is what I might call it) ...
- and 51% ... I didn't want to make a silly move

The laptop is loaded with Toshiba bloat
- one day I want clean install Win7 without the T bloat
- Greg's tutorial is still in my notes of chores to do, when there is nothing else to do

Cheers from 28C ... blue skies ...
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24 Feb 2015   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yeah, Toshiba is the bloat champion. I have one of those too.

Cheers from 27 degrees C and light breeze from the gulf.
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