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Windows 7: System Restore

03 Jun 2015   #140
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome.


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08 Sep 2015   #141
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 

Hi Shawn,
I am sure this is covered somewhere, but a fundamental question I have about RESTORE PTS is do they leave behind on the hard drive the files & directories a particular software may have installed? The reason I ask this because it appears some software I installed from National Instruments I now want removed. I thought SYSTEM RESTORE prior to the installation would take care of that, but it appears the programs have been disabled & the directories & files still remain? So to do a FULL removal I need to run the PROGRAMS REMOVAL utility or maybe restore the image I created prior to the installation?

So does SYSTEM RESTORE only address REGISTRY issues?
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08 Sep 2015   #142
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello betaupsilon,

It's usually recommended to uninstall the program as usual.

If you're having an issue with that or it's not uninstalling properly, then doing a system restore using a restore point dated before you installed the program will completely remove it.
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08 Mar 2016   #143
jraju

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Hi, Brink,

As all other topics this is also a useful tutorial.
My problem is i could create the system restore points, i do not know default system SR is created or not i could see it created.
But when checking randomly, it is surprising that it all vanished.
What is the reason and how to fix it.
How to ask the system to create default SR points.
Some programs on uninstall always create a SR point, and revo uninstaller for any uninstall, create SR point. I wanted to check and delete some of the created points, but to my surprise, no SR point is available except that the program created points after the logon session, ie, present log on. Would you give tips to how to create. If any fix is available by, or reregistering etc..
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01 Oct 2016   #144
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

It’s been advertised that System Restore doesn’t delete personal files—personal—now I’d like to define what exactly it means by “personal”.

From Monitored File Name Extensions
 
~~CDCLINKOLBST4
~~DDDBINLOLDSTB
12ADDDINOOLESTD
1PADEPINSOPSTF
1STDESINVOPGSTP
386DESKLINKIPOR5SWB
8BADETIRSOSDSYM
8BYDGMISAOUTSYN
8LIDIALOGISSP2ASYS
A2ADIDISUPAGT32
AASDIRITFPBCTAG
AAXDISABLEDJ0PBKTB
ABMDIXJAPBVTDF
ABRDLLJBRPC3TH
ACFDOBJCMPCITHE
ACGDOSJGDPDITHK
ACODRCK01PDRTHS
ACSDRSK02PENTID
ADKDRVK03PERTIE
ADWDSKBDPFBTIP
ADXDSCKNNPFMTLB
AFMDSKKOPFRTLD
AIDDSNL0PHTLF
AIPDSRL2LPHOTLT
ALTDSXL2PPHXTLU
AMDTLABPIDTLX
AMBDTTLAMPIFTMC
APLDUNLASTPL3TNL
APMDVBLCAPLYTOL
APPDWTLCKPMTTPA
APVDXTLDAPNFTR
ARDYNCMDLEXPOCTRE
ARXECFLGCPOFTRG
ASEFFLGDPOLTRO
ATEFMLGEPPDTSK
ATCEIDLGFPR4TSP
ATLELLICPROPERTIESTTF
ATMELMLIDPRXTTS
ATNENDLIMPSCTUB
AWENULIVEREGPSFTUM
AWEENVLLIPSPTUW
AWXEOTLMCPTTV
AXEPFLMGPTHTVC
B0ETLMPPTXTWD
BATEX_LNKPVTXR
BCFEXALO~Q0TYM
BDEXCLUDELRDQ32TZD
BDREXELRSQ3XUBM
BEEXLLSMQDATUCM
BGBF32LSOQJFUCP
BGRFAELSQQRSUCT
BIDFAMLSSQTCUDC
BITFASLSXQTDUDI
BK1FFPLTQTWUDL
BLDFINLTSQUEUDT
BMFIOLVQUFUID
BMAFLLM20QUTUIL
BNDFLWMANIFESTR0UK
BNFFMCMAPIMAILR98ULG
BOFFMPMCRADULK
BPPFNTMCDRATUNT
BPTFONMCMRC2US
BPXFSGMD2RCPUSA
BTFSSMDMRCTUSERPROFILE
BTNGCSMDPRDBUSP
BUCGDBMERDCUSR
CAGGI_MFLREFUTX
CAOGMSMHKREGV10
CATGNGMILRGSVBS
CBSGPDMLNRHVBX
CCGSMMCRIVBZ
CFGSFMMMRJSVCPREF
CFGGSTMMXROVDB
CHAGUIATNMNCROBVER
CIKGUICMDMNLRPRVFM
CLGVTMNRRPSVFX
CLWGWDMNSRSDVIL
CLXH16MOFRSPVLX
CLYHCTMORRSRCVM
CMDHDCMPRTAVOF
CNTHDIMPDRTRVPH
CNVHDPMPTRUVPX
COLHFXMSBS98VQA
COMHGDMSCSAMVQM
CPBHHCMSESAXVSC
CPLHHKMSISCKVSH
CQMHK0MSTSCRVWP
CRHK1MSKSCSVXD
CRLHK2MSOSECURITYW32
CRSHK3MXTSELFREGW98
CRVHLPMYDOCSSFPWA_
CSHMN0SGWBD
CSBHTANAMSG0WBM
CSIHTCNAMESG1WCD
CSLHTZNDXSHAREDWDL
CSWHUNEWSHRWDS
CTBHWLNFOSHXWINSYS
CTGHYPNIBSIFWIPEINFO
CTYIATNMDSKWIPESLACK
CUSIBDNODSLLWMZ
CW_ICDNPMSMCWPC
D01ICMNQMSMMWPX
D02ICONQVSNPWRF
D03ICRNSISOFWSL
D04ICWNSWSPCWTB
D05IDNTESPEWTR
D32IDSNU4SPMXLL
DATAIFANUMSPTXMX
DB0ILFNUSSPXXRS
DB1ILGNVSRXTU
DB2ILMOBESRCZFSENDTOTARGET
DC2IN_OCMSRGZH
DCAINCLOCXSRTZH_TW
DCFINFODESSMZRW
DCIINIODLSST 

If your file has one of the extensions listed in the above table it is not considered a personal file and System Restore, if unlikely, will eat it during operation. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself missing shortcuts, batch files, or executables after doing a System Restore. Tip, rename the extension of these kinds of files first!
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01 Oct 2016   #145
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Personal files is for the files in the folders (Desktop, Music, Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc...) of your %UserProfile% folder.

For research purposes, where does it say that those file types are not considered a personal file or will be excluded from a restore point?
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01 Oct 2016   #146
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

From Brink's post #145

Quote:
Personal files is for the files in the folders (Desktop, Music, Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc...) of your %UserProfile% folder.
Just a note from me:

When I use Windows 7 Restore all my personal files/folders are also restored to the date of the restore point. Of course all things after the restore date I will have to updated or re-install.
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03 Oct 2016   #147
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
For research purposes, where does it say that those file types are not considered a personal file or will be excluded from a restore point?
It’s just what I’ve noticed.

As you can imagine, I make frequent modifications to batch files and powershell scripts alike.

I had to do a System Restore recently (graphics driver been playing up after an update and hypervisor issues) and found a few of my batch files have disappeared on me or have been rolled back to a previous date with the restore. None of my powershell scripts, which were modified alongside in time with my batch files, where affected. Guess which of the two file extensions was on the list and which wasn’t.

One executable I downloaded prior to the restore (a hardware stats tool) got deleted from my Downloads directory.

All of these files observed resided within my user profile hierarchy.


When I posted, I hadn’t done significant research. A maybe not-so-creditable source mentioned that files with extensions that were on the list were monitored by System Restore, but then when to say that they had to be marked with the System attribute to be affected, which in my experience is wrong.

Other sources begin to agree with my reasoning. My suspicions are founded.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
When I use Windows 7 Restore all my personal files/folders are also restored to the date of the restore point. Of course all things after the restore date I will have to updated or re-install.
Do all your personal files happen to consist of file names with extensions on the list?


I think it’s safe to justify that System Restore shouldn’t be trusted with your files. Best to backup the important ones before attempting a System Restore just in case.
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03 Oct 2016   #148
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Interesting.
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