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Windows 7: is it worth creating a restore point? for safety


04 Feb 2010   #1

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is it worth creating a restore point? for safety

i remember back then it wouldnt be good to keep restore points as it could make viruses linger, or just was not reliable

is that still the case? or is it worth making restore points?


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04 Feb 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Use a good A/V. I suggest Microsoft Security Essentials in conjunction with Malwarebytes.

System restore points should be made at least once a week. You will have a problem one day (we all do) and you will be glad that you have the restore points. You can set them to be made automatically via task scheduler.
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05 Feb 2010   #3

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when i bought my new laptop, i wondered the same thing.
i thought oh wth, just go for it, since it sounded safe lawl..

turns out that i forgot all about it and when i made a stupid mistake from mobility modder + latest ccc and display driver, that i couldnt even boot to my windows screen like i always used to. (first time) ...
got a BSOD after every login

so i went to safe mode and executed system restore. the system restore points were usually before installations, etc and i chose an appropriate one

worked very well.
in fact all your program settings revert back to the time of the restore point making. eg. for firefox, i clicked on "Do not show next time" for their closing warning but when i restored my computer :O, it came back like magic... so yeah, pretty cool

now i'm back to normal avoiding the 10.1 ccc + mobility modder combo

so take it!!
do it!!
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05 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

I'd say it was a good idea to make them, the system usually makes them when doing updates but it is also good practise to make manual restore points when you are installing something yourself, at least if something goes wrong you can get back to a working machine before you did the install or whatever.

I think what you are thinking in regards virus retention is yes if you get one it will be in a restore point but it can't do any harm there, unless of course you restore to the point the virus is in.

It was usually advised that if you became infected the idea was to clean the machine then when it was clean clear out all points and make a new one on a clean machine.

The idea being that if during trying to clean up the machine you screwed up at least you could get the machine working, even if it still contained the virus, then start again with the cleaning process.

Hope that ramble made sense
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05 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobright View Post
i remember back then it wouldnt be good to keep restore points as it could make viruses linger, or just was not reliable

is that still the case? or is it worth making restore points?
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I have System Protection enabled and I will make restore points manually before doing driver updates, etc. which can cause problems. Overall though I haven't found it especially useful. What I do find really useful is disk imaging. Having a recent image to restore when the system becomes unbootable has saved me a lot of grief on occasion. Creating and restoring disk images is actually quite easy and there are free programs that work very well.
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