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System Restore

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Bobbi, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    When creating a restore point, I see that one can set System Restore to
    avoid backing up specified files and directories. If I want to specify a
    particular directory not to back up, does anyone know whether it's
    sufficient to specify just the directory path and name, such as:

    C:/MyPhotos

    or do I need wildcards to indicate not to back up all files in the
    directory, such as:

    C:/MyPhotos\*.*

    and do I need to indicate NOT to back up subdirectories?

    C:/MyPhotos\*.* /s


    Bobbi
     
  2. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 6 Apr 2010 15:35:28 -0700, "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid>
    wrote:

    > When creating a restore point, I see that one can set System Restore to
    > avoid backing up specified files and directories. If I want to specify a
    > particular directory not to back up, does anyone know whether it's
    > sufficient to specify just the directory path and name, such as:
    >
    > C:/MyPhotos
    >
    > or do I need wildcards to indicate not to back up all files in the
    > directory, such as:
    >
    > C:/MyPhotos\*.*
    >
    > and do I need to indicate NOT to back up subdirectories?
    >
    > C:/MyPhotos\*.* /s




    Sorry, but you are very confused about System Restore. System Restore
    is *not* a backup program and under no circumstances does it do
    anything with the folders you mention above. System Restore only lets
    you save the current state of the *System*--the operating system
    (mostly the registry)--and does nothing for your data.

    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    You're not even in the ballpark! See
    http://bertk.mvps.org/html/filesfolders.html

    Bobbi wrote:
    > When creating a restore point, I see that one can set System Restore to
    > avoid backing up specified files and directories. If I want to specify a
    > particular directory not to back up, does anyone know whether it's
    > sufficient to specify just the directory path and name, such as:
    >
    > C:/MyPhotos
    >
    > or do I need wildcards to indicate not to back up all files in the
    > directory, such as:
    >
    > C:/MyPhotos\*.*
    >
    > and do I need to indicate NOT to back up subdirectories?
    >
    > C:/MyPhotos\*.* /s
    >
    >
    > Bobbi
     
  4. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    Thank you, PA Bear (once again)! I read some information in a Microsoft
    Press book "Windows XP Inside Out" which caused me the get the wrong
    impression. I am relieved to find that System Restore does what I originally
    thought it did, before I got misled.

    -Bobbi

    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:%23lIaeif1KHA.224@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > You're not even in the ballpark! See
    > http://bertk.mvps.org/html/filesfolders.html
    >
    > Bobbi wrote:
    >> When creating a restore point, I see that one can set System Restore to
    >> avoid backing up specified files and directories. If I want to specify a
    >> particular directory not to back up, does anyone know whether it's
    >> sufficient to specify just the directory path and name, such as:
    >>
    >> C:/MyPhotos
    >>
    >> or do I need wildcards to indicate not to back up all files in the
    >> directory, such as:
    >>
    >> C:/MyPhotos\*.*
    >>
    >> and do I need to indicate NOT to back up subdirectories?
    >>
    >> C:/MyPhotos\*.* /s
    >>
    >>
    >> Bobbi

    >
     
  5. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    Thank you! I read some information in a Microsoft Press book "Windows XP
    Inside Out" which caused me the get the wrong impression. I am relieved to
    find that System Restore does what I originally thought it did, before I got
    misled.

    -Bobbi

    "Ken Blake, MVP" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
    news:chlnr5le5pf8gdkugvbmicko5rten9s7m4@4ax.com...
    > On Tue, 6 Apr 2010 15:35:28 -0700, "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> When creating a restore point, I see that one can set System Restore to
    >> avoid backing up specified files and directories. If I want to specify a
    >> particular directory not to back up, does anyone know whether it's
    >> sufficient to specify just the directory path and name, such as:
    >>
    >> C:/MyPhotos
    >>
    >> or do I need wildcards to indicate not to back up all files in the
    >> directory, such as:
    >>
    >> C:/MyPhotos\*.*
    >>
    >> and do I need to indicate NOT to back up subdirectories?
    >>
    >> C:/MyPhotos\*.* /s

    >
    >
    >
    > Sorry, but you are very confused about System Restore. System Restore
    > is *not* a backup program and under no circumstances does it do
    > anything with the folders you mention above. System Restore only lets
    > you save the current state of the *System*--the operating system
    > (mostly the registry)--and does nothing for your data.
    >
    > --
    > Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    > Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  6. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 6 Apr 2010 19:53:02 -0700, "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid>
    wrote:

    > Thank you! I read some information in a Microsoft Press book "Windows XP
    > Inside Out" which caused me the get the wrong impression. I am relieved to
    > find that System Restore does what I originally thought it did, before I got
    > misled.



    You're welcome. Glad to help.


    > "Ken Blake, MVP" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
    > news:chlnr5le5pf8gdkugvbmicko5rten9s7m4@4ax.com...
    > > On Tue, 6 Apr 2010 15:35:28 -0700, "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid>
    > > wrote:
    > >
    > >> When creating a restore point, I see that one can set System Restore to
    > >> avoid backing up specified files and directories. If I want to specify a
    > >> particular directory not to back up, does anyone know whether it's
    > >> sufficient to specify just the directory path and name, such as:
    > >>
    > >> C:/MyPhotos
    > >>
    > >> or do I need wildcards to indicate not to back up all files in the
    > >> directory, such as:
    > >>
    > >> C:/MyPhotos\*.*
    > >>
    > >> and do I need to indicate NOT to back up subdirectories?
    > >>
    > >> C:/MyPhotos\*.* /s

    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > Sorry, but you are very confused about System Restore. System Restore
    > > is *not* a backup program and under no circumstances does it do
    > > anything with the folders you mention above. System Restore only lets
    > > you save the current state of the *System*--the operating system
    > > (mostly the registry)--and does nothing for your data.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    > > Please Reply to the Newsgroup

    >


    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     

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