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Windows 7: Do you have enabled System Protection?

View Poll Results: Do you have enabled System Protection?
Yes, I have enabled System Protection 22 59.46%
No (please specify why) 15 40.54%
Voters: 37. You may not vote on this poll

22 Nov 2009   #11
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've always left the System Protection feature in place and don't see a great reason to have it disabled. I've never experienced it thrashing the harddrive...at least nothing where I noticed a performance drop.

As far as uninstalling something and learning from the experience...that isn't always easy to do. For example, if you use a spyware cleaner or reg cleaner and it wreaks havoc...not easy to just reverse it's changes.

The only change that I make is reduce the % of the harddrive that system protection can consume. On my box at home, it's set at 2%

It is something that I RARELY use...but when I have needed it, it has worked out very well for no effort on my part.


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22 Nov 2009   #12
stew2

 

Turned mine off as iv never needed to used it. System Restore is like putting a band aid over a shotgun blast IMO.

If you've damaged your pc that much then you should probably just do a clean install of windows.
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22 Nov 2009   #13
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Yes, mine is on.
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22 Nov 2009   #14
ratePV

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

Mine is on all the time.

I just delete all points(except the latest one) after time to time when they become obsolete...
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22 Nov 2009   #15
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stew2 View Post
Turned mine off as iv never needed to used it. System Restore is like putting a band aid over a shotgun blast IMO.

If you've damaged your pc that much then you should probably just do a clean install of windows.
Talk about a band aid over a shotgun blast.

So, a while back at work I installed some CD burning application to make some type of specialized disc. However, once installed, my usual burning apps such as Roxio or IMGBurn no longer saw my DVD burner. So, i uninstalled the newer cd burning app, but low and behold Roxio and ImgBurn still couldn't see my DVD Burner. I rebooted the machine, still no good. I reinstalled both Roxio and imgburn and still they couldn't see see my DVD burner.

So, I used system restore and went back right before I installed the cd burning application. And everything was back to working fine. Having to reinstall Windows onto my work PC would have been a serious loss of productive worktime. System Restore fixed it in a flash.

I've probably only needed it about 3 times in the past 5 years....but when I did need it...it was there.
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22 Nov 2009   #16
helmutcheese

Vista (Hate Win 7)
 
 

That's fine because you used System Restore to do what its meant to do, IE > fix a fault caused by whatever !

Some seem to be using it to uninstall normal programs you would use Add/Remove for.
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22 Nov 2009   #17
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Exactly...I just don't understand the argument..."I turn it off as I have never needed it before". It never proves it's purpose until that very first time that you actually do make use of it. It's like saying, "I never wear a seatbelt as I've never been in an accident before, therefore I don't need to wear this seatbelt".

I could see the benefit of disabling it, if
1). hard drive was EXPENSIVE and very limited
2). Hard drive performance was terribly slow so using it bogged the system down to a crawl

But since neither of those are really an issue...I just don't see the obvious advantage in "immediately turning it off". Saying it like that seems like a nerd badge of honor...but I don't really see the point.
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22 Nov 2009   #18
helmutcheese

Vista (Hate Win 7)
 
 

I already stated why for my scenario !

I do not want to listen to my VRaptors seeking randomly so I kill System Restore and Indexing (which I do not use anyhow).

The new VRaptors are not that loud over older ones but I have a Side Window Panel in my PC case and its not as sound proof as a Metal Side Panel.

Also System Restore has never been anywhere near perfect so I would rather simply run my Backup if I messed up my PC that much but in 1 year (this install) I have never bricked it as Vista (and Win 7) is hard to brick, XP ain't.

Peeps have got to respect others if they want it ON or OFF.

I do not want it on but will not flame someone for having it on unlike some will but I expect the same courtesy in return.

CCleaner and Tuneup Utils can remove 99% of left behind crap if something goes wrong.
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22 Nov 2009   #19
stew2

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I just don't understand the argument.
You dont need to understand how i use my pc. You probably use apps like ccleaner, itunes, anything by google etc that i would not let near my pc. Each to their own.

If you have a need for system restore then continue to use it. Its your pc lol
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22 Nov 2009   #20
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Not trying to be judgemental and certainly not flaming guys...I just think some don't think of the full ramifications of some of these actions. If you have read my examples and still feel like you have made the best choice...then that is fine. Some may read through an example that I have posted and think...hey I never thought of it in that situation.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stew2 View Post
You probably use apps like ccleaner, itunes, anything by google etc that i would not let near my pc
Actually...no I am very selective about what gets on my PC. I'm a systems engineer and have been for the last 12 years. The apps that get installed on my machine are all legal, mostly open-source, and generally cause very few problems. ( I generally use Notepad++, MediaMonkey, VMWare, Firefox, OpenOffice, TrueCrypt, vlc, paint.net, handbrake, Fox It PDF reader, imgburn, putty, winscp and 7zip).
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