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Windows 7: Will a system restore recover system %PATH%

25 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Will a system restore recover system %PATH%

A software install I just did has wiped out my system %PATH% variable... will a System Restore recover this for me?

My most recent System Restore point is the Windows Critical Fix from 22 November (three days back). Will running Windows Update be sufficient to get that Critical update re-applied?


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25 Nov 2013   #2

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
If you've imaged your system (Macrium, Acronis etc) then a RESTORE will restore your system to EXACTLY the state it was in at the time you backed it up --in other words if you backed your system up at 23:00 on Nov 14 then on restore your system will be exactly as it was on 23:00 on Nov 14.

You should always take regular backups of your system (and keep the OS + programs on a separate partition to user data - music, multi-media, office documents etc).

I don't use the Windows built in backup but I'd imagine it would work similarly -- restores your system to the state it was in at the time the backup was taken.

I wouldn't restore from Windows Last restore point as you don't know when the system got "broken". You might be able to fix it manually though or with the scannow command.

Cheers
jimbo
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25 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
If you've imaged your system (Macrium, Acronis etc) then a RESTORE will restore your system to EXACTLY the state it was in at the time you backed it up --in other words if you backed your system up at 23:00 on Nov 14 then on restore your system will be exactly as it was on 23:00 on Nov 14.

I wouldn't restore from Windows Last restore point as you don't know when the system got "broken". You might be able to fix it manually though or with the scannow command.
I take daily Macrium backups, but I've never done a restore, and I'm so addled, I doubt I could cope at the moment.

My last restore point is from 22 Nov, and I know precisely when my problem started... 10:00 today, 25 Nov. So I'm probably going to try the Restore Point first. I can always use the Macrium image if that fails.

I've done many system restores in my life, but non under Windows 7 yet. My previous system was XP, and most system restores ended up with "cannot restore from this restore point", after several minutes of trying. Hopefully Windows 7 is more robust in this environment.
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25 Nov 2013   #4

 

There is a good chance it will sort it, just do the restore and find out.
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25 Nov 2013   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swiftie View Post
A software install I just did has wiped out my system %PATH% variable... will a System Restore recover this for me?

My most recent System Restore point is the Windows Critical Fix from 22 November (three days back). Will running Windows Update be sufficient to get that Critical update re-applied?
PATH is in registry so it will be fixed by running "system restore". Patch will be reapplied after system restore
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25 Nov 2013   #6

7 HomePrem x64 SP1, XP SP3 VM
 
 

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...Restore point is the Windows Critical Fix from 22 November...
What "Critical Fix" from 22 Nov do you refer to, or is this a typo & should read 12 Nov? (MS Patch Tuesday).
I have no such "Fix", critical or otherwise, showing on my system from Nov 22.
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25 Nov 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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What "Critical Fix" from 22 Nov do you refer to, or is this a typo & should read 12 Nov? (MS Patch Tuesday).
I was quoting the restore point data; my most recent restore point was from 22 Nov with a description of "Windows Update" and type "Critical Update"
I now have two newer restore points, both today (25 Nov) "Restore Operation" and "Windows Update"/"Critical Update".

These are all the dates that the restore point was created, nothing directly to do with the update date.
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25 Nov 2013   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swiftie View Post
Quote:
What "Critical Fix" from 22 Nov do you refer to, or is this a typo & should read 12 Nov? (MS Patch Tuesday).
I was quoting the restore point data; my most recent restore point was from 22 Nov with a description of "Windows Update" and type "Critical Update"
I now have two newer restore points, both today (25 Nov) "Restore Operation" and "Windows Update"/"Critical Update".

These are all the dates that the restore point was created, nothing directly to do with the update date.
So you did the restore? Problem solved?
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25 Nov 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Can I do a daily System Backup?

On my old XP system, I had a scheduled task to create a daily restore point.

I couldn't find a mechanism (read "command prompt syntax") to do this under Windows 7.

Is it still possible, and if so where can I find out the details. I'm fine creating the scheduled task, I just need the command to run.
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25 Nov 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
So you did the restore? Problem solved?
I'm nearly done.
I did the restore, and it fixed the initial problem. However, the restore point was three days old.

I'd like to schedule a task to take daily restore points. I'm fine with creating the task, but I couldn't find the syntax of the command to create a one-off restore point.
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