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Windows 7: System Restore

26 Jun 2012   #70
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I had thought all efforts failed. It certainly would not hurt to try doing a system restore at boot.

You would select the backup option in HP Recovery Manager. It will not be a complete image backup, but only a backup of files/folders you select instead. The link at HP below can help give you more details about it.

Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) Compaq Presario F500 CTO Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)


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26 Jun 2012   #71
a cooperator

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
I had thought all efforts failed. It certainly would not hurt to try doing a system restore at boot.

You would select the backup option in HP Recovery Manager. It will not be a complete image backup, but only a backup of files/folders you select instead. The link at HP below can help give you more details about it.

Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) Compaq Presario F500 CTO Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
Thank you so much,

But, HP Recovery Manager software allows to create one set of recovery disks or a portable drive one. And I created a backup copy on DVDs in the very first time of my computer's strating and now I cannot do another backup copy, unless there is another way or with Acronis or Norton Guest.

I am expecting you will give me another way to do a backup of my system now before I do the restore form the backup of factory, this Recovery manager didn't found:



I have used this for doing the backup which I did in the very first time of my computer's starting and I put it in DVDs.
Could you please give me any run command of Recovery manager to see whether is is working well or not
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26 Jun 2012   #72
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I think you are reading the wrong part at that link.

Quote:
Backup and restore important files

The Recovery Manager displays a prompt to make a backup copy of your files before it performs any action that may erase or delete any files. HP recommends that you make backup copies of your files on a regular basis, and that you store the backed-up files on a CD/DVD or other external media in a separate physical location, away from the computer.

Doing scheduled backups will help you to recover some, if not all, of your information in the event that something happens to the original files on your PC. It is important to decide which files you want to save. Make a list of important information that you cannot easily replace. This list will help you to determine which files to back up, and also give you a reference list in the event that you need to retrieve the files.

To use the HP Recovery Manager to back up your files, see HP Notebook PCs - How To Back Up User Files .
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27 Jun 2012   #73
a cooperator

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-64bit.
 
 

Thank you so much indeed for your help, Brink. Please forgive me because I have never used such things. Could you please reply my questions?

First: This way only to backup the files without creating a new backup for the entire external HDD whenever I want.
In my case now, I want to create another new backup to keep my system with all of its installing programs and settings.

Second: The backup for files with this way will be saved in the destination with the same organization. In other words, if I have some some folders on desktop some of them 'English Audio' and inside another folder 'AE'. Are these folders will be save as in the same sequence.

Third: I heard that Norton Guest to create a backup copy, but unfortunately this program lets me only store the backup on one drive in the internal HDD. However, I want to save my backup in an external HDD because I sometimes may want to use an external hard drive storage device for backing up all of my PCs, or back up the data from one PC to the hard drive of another PC.

Finally: These software, such as Acronis and Norton don't let me add the latest settings of the windows, such as new programs and settings into the oldest backup. In other words, if I created a backup three months ago. And after period of time, I want to create another backup, but I don't want to create a new; however, I want to let a program, such as Acornis or even another one adds the latest programs and settings and anything else happened on a system into the old backup. whenever I want to create new backup, I want only to let latest of windows be backed up of the oldest backup and so on .

Do you have any suggestions?
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27 Jun 2012   #74
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Cooperator,

With as many errors you say you are having in your current installation, then it may by pointless to create a full backup of it other than to just have you files included. If you ever restored the image backup, you would just be back to where you are now with the same errors.

Macrium Reflect is a good option to create backups and images with though.

Imaging with free Macrium
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27 Jun 2012   #75
a cooperator

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Cooperator,

With as many errors you say you are having in your current installation, then it may by pointless to create a full backup of it other than to just have you files included. If you ever restored the image backup, you would just be back to where you are now with the same errors.

Macrium Reflect is a good option to create backups and images with though.

Imaging with free Macrium
Thank you Brink,

But could you please confirm for me whether that the backup for files during HP Recovery by pressing F11 will be saved in the destination with the same organization. In other words, if I have some some folders on desktop some of them 'English Audio' and inside another folder 'AE'. Are these folders will be saved as in the same folders in the destination.

Finally: all the favorites(bookmarks) of all browsers will be backed up into the destination.
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27 Jun 2012   #76
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm afraid that I don't know where HP saves it at, but it looks like it just does a normal Windows Backup. However, for individual files that you do not want to lose, I would strongly recommend to just manually copy and paste them to another location (ex: HDD) not on your Windows 7 HDD. This way you know they are safe and will not get wiped out by mistake.
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29 Jun 2012   #77
a cooperator

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-64bit.
 
 

Thank you so much indeed, Brink, I have a very little question here:

First: What does this button in the window below do?



When I clicked on that button, another window which asks me to enter a name for helping me to remember the name of backup. Then, I have entered a name. After that, I clicked "OK" Finally, That name has been listed in this list below with a description "Mohammad" and Type: "manual"



Second: I have create a system restore at this time: 6/27/2012 12, 12:58:34 PM, GMT. with this description "installed Prestio! As it is in this screenshot below:


However, when I have opened system restore tool again, I have quite surprised that found that my store point which I created at 6/27/2012 12, 12:58:34 PM, GMT, with this description "installed Prestio! Mr. Photo4" became with this description "Install sun virtual Box" at this time: 6/29/2012, 02.04.01 PM, GMT
Screenshot below:



My questions are:
(A) who created this one, as far as I know that If no restore points have been created in the last 7 or 8 days, Windows 7 will create an automatic one. But as you see, I have created one at 27. So, it is quite early in order for system creates an automatic one

(B)As long as System constantly automatically creates a system restore with a description for recent events, such as install a program, uninstall a program and so on, I don't find system points I created if I need them.

Finally: I noticed in your explanation that you have discussed how to create a system restore, but you didn't discuss how to use any system restore we want from those created ones when we need to do.
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30 Jun 2012   #78
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Cooperator,

Sorry for the late reply, I was out of town for the day.

When you click on Create, it's for you to manually create a restore point. The name you type in is what you see boxed in red in your screenshots. You would usually enter something that will make it easier for you to reference what the restore point is for. For example, before installing program X.

QA) Since you screenshots are not in English. I have no way of reading all of it. However, Windows will also sometimes automatically create restore points say before installing Windows Updates, and before installing some programs (ex: VirtualBox or Prestio! Mr. Photo4) during their installation process. This is all normal.

QB) If new restore points exceed your maximum disk space set for restore points, then old restore points will automatically be deleted to make room for the new one. This could be what happened to thos missing manual restore points.

Q-Finally) Steps 7 and 8 in the tutorial on the first page here can help show you more on this to allow you to be able to select to use any of your restore points other than just the latest one.
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01 Jul 2012   #79
a cooperator

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-64bit.
 
 

Thank you Brink, very much indeed,


Quote:
If new restore points exceed your maximum disk space set for restore points, then old restore points will automatically be deleted to make room for the new one. This could be what happened to those missing manual restore points.
I know that old restore points delete when the maximum disk space exceeds the specific size. But I am asking about as long as Windows creates automatically restore points, what benefit there is I create a system restore manually. I will retrieve my system if I need that from one of those which Windows creates automatically and continuously.


Quote:
Since you screenshots are not in English. I have no way of reading all of it. However, Windows will also sometimes automatically create restore points say before installing Windows Updates, and before installing some programs (ex: VirtualBox or Prestio! Mr. Photo4) during their installation process. This is all normal.
I created one system point which was with installing 'Presto Mr.Photo, at :6/27/2012. But whenever I install or uninstall a program, I notice that Windows creates another point with description with this event, although the period for creating the previous point doesn't exceed 7 days.
Quote:
Q-Finally) Steps 7 and 8 in the tutorial on the first page here can help show you more on this to allow you to be able to select to use any of your restore points other than just the latest one.
But this link is the same one which we been discussing in since a certain period of time. This link shows me how to create a system restore either 'Through System Recovery Options at Boot' or 'Through System Protection'. But it doesn't show me how to retrieve any system restores(any restore points) from what I have created.

In other words, If I have created some restore points before.(the first: at 6/26/2012, the second: at 29/6/2012) Then, If I have done something wrong at this date: 7/1/2012 or even after, and computer didn't work well.
I want now to let my computer return to its normal status by retrieving from one of those points which I created before. My question: is how I can retrieve from one of those points created before(the first: at 6/26/2012, the second: at 29/6/2012 or even earlier ones if they are still), so my computer will return to what it was before that created point.

I hope you understand me
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