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Windows 7: Using System Restore Points and/or 3rd Party Imaging Software

View Poll Results: Which do you use?
Both System Restore Points AND 3rd party imagaing software 16 50.00%
Only System Restore Points 2 6.25%
Only 3rd party imaging software 5 15.63%
System Restore Points AND Windows Native Imaging 9 28.13%
Voters: 32. You may not vote on this poll

21 Jan 2011   #11
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Imperfect1 View Post
Up until now I've only used System Restore, so your poll is reminding me of what I SHOULD be doing, and that is, to do both System Restore and imaging. So I think I'll wait to cast my vote until after I do my first system imaging.
May I suggest to make life very easy that you look at Brinks excellent tut:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup


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21 Jan 2011   #12
James Colbert

 
 

System Restore and Acronis TI. I've used both since the late 90s.

James
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21 Jan 2011   #13
Hopalong X

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

All three.
Not in the poll.

System Restore, System Image/Back Up and free Macrium.

Mike
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21 Jan 2011   #14
Imperfect1

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Imperfect1 View Post
Up until now I've only used System Restore, so your poll is reminding me of what I SHOULD be doing, and that is, to do both System Restore and imaging. So I think I'll wait to cast my vote until after I do my first system imaging.
May I suggest to make life very easy that you look at Brinks excellent tut:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Thanks John. Yep, I've seen it, I just haven't done it. . .
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21 Jan 2011   #15
MoInSTL

Windows 7 Professional x64, SP1
 
 

System restore and Acronis TI for images.
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21 Jan 2011   #16
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

System Restore and W7 Imaging.

Tried Macrium free but it was no quicker (limited by speed of USB HDD) and the linux rescue disk was a bit iffy in finding the backup drive so I dumped it. The W7 repair disk has no such problems.
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21 Jan 2011   #17
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

I allocate about 4GB for System Restore, gives me 12 to 14 days.

I also use Acronis True Image 2010 (not 2011, it was a disaster).

I also use Acronis Online Backup.

I also use a program called Mirror Image to backup critical data (same data I backup online) to a 2nd computer over my LAN.

I have never, ever lost a byte of data.

Overkill? Absolutely. DOes it work? Darn tootin!
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21 Jan 2011   #18
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I would have used the native backup, but when I tried several times, right after getting W7, it hung each time without completing, so I went back to True Image and restore points (when they are available).
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21 Jan 2011   #19
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
I allocate about 4GB for System Restore, gives me 12 to 14 days.

I also use Acronis True Image 2010 (not 2011, it was a disaster).
Hi ztruker,

I skipped 2010 and am currently using 2011. Two things I learned with ATIH over the years (since version 7):

You may already know, but:

1) Always create an image of existing install before installing the new version.
2) Always completely uninstall all traces of the previous version.


I've found 2011 to be the best, most stable version to date (of course, ymmv).


James
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21 Jan 2011   #20
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I don't really consider System Restore and imaging as competitors. Each has its purpose and each is appropriate, depending on circumstances.

I use system restore probably 2 or 3 times a month.

I make images of my system partition (C, containing no personal data) every couple of months, but have not had to restore an image in at least 5 years.

I'm curious why anyone would NOT use System Restore to the extent it worked for them---i.e., what is the reason to use something else, such as an image, if system restore is available and will solve the problem?

I realize SR was buggy in earlier iterations and still is not foolproof and will occasionally fail. With those caveats, are there people who won't even try it when it's available?

I've had System Restore fail to run successfully perhaps 2 times--in over 100 attempts.
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