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28 Dec 2009   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
This is a good one - for info

I downloaded a program today which gave me all kinds of trouble. And when I uninstalled it (with Revo), I had even more trouble. Well, easy I thought - I'll just reset to the recovery point from before the download. First problem was that there was none. But fortunately there was one from earlier today. So I start a system restore.

It comes back with: "This copy of Windows7 is not genuine" - a copy I bought 6 weeks ago for good money from Newegg. It also tells me that the restore was not successful. So I try another restore point from yesterday. Same problem - restore was not successful (at least this time it seemed to recognize my product key).

Fortunately I am an avid "imager". I had a Macrium image from yesterday so I throw in my Macrium Restore CD and 10 minutes later I was back in business.

Moral of the story: Image often - you never know when you need it. And don't depend on the windows restore facilities. They are historically weak and error prone.

In case you need a little help with imaging, see this: https://www.sevenforums.com/performan...-anywhere.html


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28 Dec 2009   #2
steve-pressman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

I agree with you completely, every week without fail I make a complete image of my system and then delete the previous one after. It is the best 30 minutes you can spend on a system once you have it up and running the way you like it.

If I was to do a complete re installation it would take hours as I have 46.5GB on my drive

Incidentally I use a program from a company called Spotmau their power suite great tool to have.

Spotmau.com - Computer Service

Steve
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28 Dec 2009   #3
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by steve-pressman View Post
I agree with you completely, every week without fail I make a complete image of my system and then delete the previous one after. It is the best 30 minutes you can spend on a system once you have it up and running the way you like it.

If I was to do a complete re installation it would take hours as I have 46.5GB on my drive

Incidentally I use a program from a company called Spotmau their power suite great tool to have.

Spotmau.com - Computer Service

Steve
Hopefully you scan your system every week for malware too.
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28 Dec 2009   #4
gregrocker

 

The problem is if you have creeping corruption you are not yet made aware of and need to reimage to a baseline much earlier than the last stored image.

For this reason, it is best to get a permanently-kept image soon after install when the system is config'd and running well, then do the monthly/weekly updates in addition.

You can keep them together in a file but with Win7 imaging you will need to rename to WindowsImageBackup and move into root of drive to be autodetected by Repair DVD/CD.
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28 Dec 2009   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I keep the images of the last 4 weeks (usually about 10) and the one for each month since the installation of the OS. That way I have all the options for fall-back.
And Frostmourne, yes I agree. Frequent scanning for malware has to be part of the routine.
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28 Dec 2009   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I downloaded a program today which gave me all kinds of trouble. And when I uninstalled it (with Revo), I had even more trouble. Well, easy I thought - I'll just reset to the recovery point from before the download. First problem was that there was none. But fortunately there was one from earlier today. So I start a system restore.

It comes back with: "This copy of Vista is not genuine" - a copy I bought 6 weeks ago for good money from Newegg. It also tells me that the restore was not successful. So I try another restore point from yesterday. Same problem - restore was not successful (at least this time it seemed to recognize my product key).

Fortunately I am an avid "imager". I had a Macrium image from yesterday so I throw in my Macrium Restore CD and 10 minutes later I was back in business.

Moral of the story: Image often - you never know when you need it. And don't depend on the windows restore facilities. They are historically weak and error prone.

In case you need a little help with imaging, see this: https://www.sevenforums.com/performan...-anywhere.html
Thanks, truly great information
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28 Dec 2009   #7
Venths

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I downloaded a program today which gave me all kinds of trouble. And when I uninstalled it (with Revo), I had even more trouble. Well, easy I thought - I'll just reset to the recovery point from before the download. First problem was that there was none. But fortunately there was one from earlier today. So I start a system restore.

It comes back with: "This copy of Windows7 is not genuine" - a copy I bought 6 weeks ago for good money from Newegg. It also tells me that the restore was not successful. So I try another restore point from yesterday. Same problem - restore was not successful (at least this time it seemed to recognize my product key).

Fortunately I am an avid "imager". I had a Macrium image from yesterday so I throw in my Macrium Restore CD and 10 minutes later I was back in business.

Moral of the story: Image often - you never know when you need it. And don't depend on the windows restore facilities. They are historically weak and error prone.

In case you need a little help with imaging, see this: https://www.sevenforums.com/performan...-anywhere.html

Yes, a great info. I too have the same problem with System restore and was planning to do the same
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28 Dec 2009   #8
beauparc

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I also had a problem with System Restore not completing. Turned out to be a problem with Norton 2010. Visit the Symantic website for the (simple) answer.

May also be found with any other programme which doesn't like it's files being altered.
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28 Dec 2009   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by beauparc View Post
I also had a problem with System Restore not completing. Turned out to be a problem with Norton 2010. Visit the Symantic website for the (simple) answer.

May also be found with any other programme which doesn't like it's files being altered.

That is a possibility, but I use MSE, not Norton. You would think MSE is not the culprit. But maybe one of the other OEM programs I have installed. How did you find out it was Norton?
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29 Dec 2009   #10
beauparc

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

To be honest I can't remember

I think I was just surfing round a few tech sites and read about some programmes not liking having their files altered. For some reason Norton sprang to mind and I just went from there.

System Restore now works perfectly as long as I make that switch first and enable it after restore has completed. I have not tried it from Safe mode. I'm leaving well enough alone
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