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Windows 7: data and system backups

13 Mar 2011   #1

data and system backups


I'd like to be able to go back to the state the computer was in before a program was installed. What is the easiest way to do that ? If it's a system restore point, does that really work or are there some residues that are left over from the installation process ? Can you name a restore point so that you can see what is the program you have installed ?

On another slightly unrelated matter I was wondering if it is possible to have a backup copy for some files, for each modification that was made to them (so that I can use a sort of ctrl+Z even if the document has been closed). Similarly, if it is an automated save, can I set a name for a particular save so that I know the progress I've made (for example, a comment such as 'added paragraph 3').

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13 Mar 2011   #2

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

Tutorial that may help for System Restore.
System Restore

First questions yes and yes. Sometimes the restore points are named by install of software or a Windows Update.

If you installed software yesterday afternoon pick a restore from yesterday morning or earlier.
Installed 3 days ago? Go back 4-5 days if possible.

Make sure you checkmark where I circled yellow when this window opens during restore. This will give you a much larger list of restore points.

Hope that helps.

Your unrelated matter I'm not sure.

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13 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

If you are making a significant system change like installing a new piece of software I would always make a image before hand. System restore has let me down before with a driver install.
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