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Re: System Restore

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Techhead53, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. Techhead53

    Techhead53 Flightless Bird

    I've been looking for help getting System Restore in Windows XP Pro., Svc.
    Pk. 3 to work successfully and have yet to find a way to get it to work.
    I've tried using it in Safe Mode, going back only 1-2 weeks, numerous other
    suggestions and none of them works on my system.

    I think that System Restore is a really great Idea but that's all it is, an
    Idea! It really doesn't work. The best bet, at least for me, is to Backup,
    Backup, Backup (get the idea?) I run Backup on System State, Program Files
    and Windows before I make any changes on my system, even before allowing the
    monthly Microsoft downloads to be installed. I've installed several of them
    that caused problems and there was no apparent reason for it.

    With that being said, I REALLY WISH that I'd find somebody who knew how to
    get System Restore to work. I know my Windows XP Pro, Svc. Pk. 3 keep
    offering it but it just never seems to work. I believe that System Restore
    creates Restore Points because they seem to get defragmented easily and are
    always a part of defragmenting both my C and D drives, but actually getting
    System Restore to Restore my C drive just seems to be beyond being an IDEA to
    becoming a REALITY!

    Don't mean to sound negative, but I can only sound hopeful for so long
    before it gets to be redundant and ridiculous!

    Techhead53 AKA Mike


    "Ken Blake" wrote:

    > "Screwdriver" <Screwdriver@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    > message
    > news:913E6C0A-C3A3-4EC6-A879-B0738AEAF35B@microsoft.com...
    >
    > > Will using system restore delete all programs completely that
    > > have been added
    > > after the restore date?

    >
    >
    > No, but if those installations put anything into the registry
    > (and they probably did) you will lose the entries and the
    > programs won't work.
    >
    > This is one of the reasons that System Restore is usually a
    > useful tool only if you go back not more than a week or two.
    >
    > --
    > Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    > Please reply to the newsgroup
    >
    >
    >
     
  2. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Techhead53 wrote:
    > I've been looking for help getting System Restore in Windows XP Pro., Svc.
    > Pk. 3 to work successfully and have yet to find a way to get it to work.
    > I've tried using it in Safe Mode, going back only 1-2 weeks, numerous other
    > suggestions and none of them works on my system.
    >
    > I think that System Restore is a really great Idea but that's all it is, an
    > Idea! It really doesn't work. The best bet, at least for me, is to Backup,
    > Backup, Backup (get the idea?) I run Backup on System State, Program Files
    > and Windows before I make any changes on my system, even before allowing the
    > monthly Microsoft downloads to be installed. I've installed several of them
    > that caused problems and there was no apparent reason for it.
    >
    > With that being said, I REALLY WISH that I'd find somebody who knew how to
    > get System Restore to work. I know my Windows XP Pro, Svc. Pk. 3 keep
    > offering it but it just never seems to work. I believe that System Restore
    > creates Restore Points because they seem to get defragmented easily and are
    > always a part of defragmenting both my C and D drives, but actually getting
    > System Restore to Restore my C drive just seems to be beyond being an IDEA to
    > becoming a REALITY!
    >
    > Don't mean to sound negative, but I can only sound hopeful for so long
    > before it gets to be redundant and ridiculous!
    >
    > Techhead53 AKA Mike


    System Restore and the OS in general would work a lot better, except
    for two things.

    1) Malware likes to muck about. The very first thing malware wants
    to do, is compromise the restore points, so the user will always
    be restoring the malware.
    2) The antivirus companies know this, so they muck about too.
    Between the two of them, they can spoil the user experience.

    Either (1) or (2) could be preventing SR from working for you.

    The design of System Restore isn't perfect, but if you didn't have
    an AV program installed, and there was no such thing as malware, I
    bet it would work a lot better.

    Paul

    >
    >
    > "Ken Blake" wrote:
    >
    >> "Screwdriver" <Screwdriver@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    >> message
    >> news:913E6C0A-C3A3-4EC6-A879-B0738AEAF35B@microsoft.com...
    >>
    >>> Will using system restore delete all programs completely that
    >>> have been added
    >>> after the restore date?

    >>
    >> No, but if those installations put anything into the registry
    >> (and they probably did) you will lose the entries and the
    >> programs won't work.
    >>
    >> This is one of the reasons that System Restore is usually a
    >> useful tool only if you go back not more than a week or two.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    >> Please reply to the newsgroup
    >>
    >>
    >>
     

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