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Windows 7: Why do people not have any System Restore points

12 Apr 2010   #21
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Just create a system restore point (which is different than a system image).

Now restore using that system restore point.

You will find that restore time is considerably less.
Not necessarily... And honestly, I've never had to use System Restore on my Windows 7 machine. Vista was another story.

I know the difference between the two
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
which is different than a system image
I've restored an image in Windows 7 when swapping out a different SSD and booting to Acronis boot disk, finding image on external hdd and restoring a 15GB image only takes 7 minutes.

Windows System Restore requires a reboot and will after that reboot, will take anywhere from less-than-a-minute up to about 4 to 5 -- but, again, that was with my Vista system. I have no knowledge of how Windows System Restore is with Windows 7.


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12 Apr 2010   #22
helmutcheese

Vista (Hate Win 7)
 
 

Turn it off always, chatters Mech HDD less.

PC backs up to an external HDD using Software which is far better.
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12 Apr 2010   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It will require a whole long campaign to educate people about the merits of proper preperations for worst case. And that includes

Seperate data partition
Restore points
System imaging
Data backup

I am always stunned how little people know about those concepts let alone using them. But usually they learn the hard way - after a reinstallation and loss of their data.
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12 Apr 2010   #24
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Anecdote time....
I had a boss that had a PC that was updated to XP SP3 and it wouldn't start. The update also corrupted all of the system restore points when we tried to load up with a system restore. I was lucky to get it going after about 10 attempts and backed up all his info. Then worked on restoring his system which took finding a fix on MS's site and booting from CD.

Since then I have trusted System Restore only that much. Have it so its there, but also back up all data always to an external drive. Its the only way to be sure its secure.
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12 Apr 2010   #25
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562 View Post
There appears to be a basic misunderstanding here.
There is a system image restore, which incidentally is what most people think of when they hear the phrase "system restore".
There is a "system restore point" which will restore the registry, your settings, system files to their state at the time of the creation of the restore point.

Both System Image and System Restore points function quite differently from the XP days when neither one of them worked.

This will be my last post on this thread.
I beseech you to ACTUALLY create a system restore point and to restore that restore point. Make liberal use of the help (Win + F1) built-in to Win 7. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

CREATE A RESTORE POINT
WIN |type Create system restore | enter

RESTORE TO A RESTORE POINT
WIN | type System Restore | enter
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12 Apr 2010   #26
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
This will be my last post on this thread.
Karl, Is that a promise or a theat?
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12 Apr 2010   #27
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

I have it turned off because with my setup I don't need it and it would be a pointless space waster. Presently using Comodo Time Machine. In the past I have used Eaz-Fix Pro. Either one in addition to regular Image/Backups is enough.
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12 Apr 2010   #28
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

I never run System Restore because it's not needed. It wastes space and system resources. I can restore an image with Macrium Reflect in about 10 minutes so System Restore becomes redundant redundancy. Not only that but I can't count the times it has failed while trying to restore someones system for them.

I would like to say that this is my preference and it may work for some but I would not rely in it solely. I would still perform all scheduled backups.
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12 Apr 2010   #29
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
It will require a whole long campaign to educate people about the merits of proper preperations for worst case. And that includes

Seperate data partition
Restore point
System imaging
Data backup

I am always stunned how little people know about those concepts let alone using them. But usually they learn the hard way - after a reinstallation and loss of their data.
Seperate data partition = check
Restore points = nope
System imaging = check......this is my system restore
Data backup = check

3 outta 4 ain't bad
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12 Apr 2010   #30
polarbear

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I create a full backup from time to time.. so I would say no... other wise i would recommend it... GL
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