Safe way to create windows system restore? That won't have problem?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Frankfree, May 13, 2019.

  1. Frankfree

    Frankfree Registered Member

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    My brand new PC , Every thing has been installed correctly , No extra software but before I install a software I created a system restore just in case then I tried to restore but I received error like this

    https://i.imgur.com/cderiR8.png

    1. Now what did go wrong ?
    2. How can I test a system restore after creating so I know some thing wrong and not just when I need it?
    3. Is there any other correct and stable way to create system restore?
    For example should I close all applications or do it in safe mode?

    This is very frustrating
     
  2. Krusty

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    I'd forget about restore points. You need a program that will image your entire drive/s. Macrium Reflect free version works for me.
     
  3. Frankfree

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    I have that program but I can't just start doing all those image work for every situation
     
  4. roger_m

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    @Frankfree Try running System Restore in Safe Mode, as sometimes this helps.
     
  5. zapjb

    zapjb Registered Member

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    Finally got around to making a current backup. My others are 6 mo old, not prudent.

    Anyways I agree with Krusty. Windows system restore is not to be counted on. And unless you've tested your backup you'll not know 100% either. But I digress. I'm thinking you're a beginner, no biggie we've all been there.

    At least 1 backup program is prudent. Some including me have you used 2 or more imaging programs as a hedge. And it goes on from there to much more comprehensive routes.

    But if you want minimal learning & a modest shtf solution go Macrium Free. Also AOEMI BackerUpper Free is pretty good. Me I depend on an ancient program that nobody uses but I can't get away from because in my selling-repairing used PC's days it never failed in 100's of uses.

    Good luck have fun. Read, ask, learn & practice.
     
  6. stapp

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    Do tell us what it is :)
     
  7. Frankfree

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    So basically you are telling me if I install a software and I then realize I can't trust the software I just restore my whole pc from that backup software (image back up)

    And do you mean every time I install a software I have to spend hours to backup?
     
  8. Minimalist

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    Yes, that's the idea. Don't know about "hours to backup" it takes me few minutes with differential or incremental backup.
    System restore will restore just some parts of OS and I wouldn't trust it to do a proper job. With whole system image restore you can be sure that the things are the same as they were when backup was created.
     
  9. Krusty

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    That's what I'd do.
    Hours? My slowest machines takes about 1/2 an hour to do a full backup and around 1/4 of an hour to restore once booted to the recovery environment.

    Sounds like you need to find a cheap second hand machine for testing and leave your main machine in a stable condition.
     
  10. zapjb

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    EaseUS Todo Backup Advanced Server v4.5.
    This version has got to be 10 years old or more.
     
  11. xxJackxx

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    System Restore will replace the registry from the restore point but there are many parts of the file system it does not touch. In particular it does not remove a lot of things. I would not count on it to remove untrusted software after the fact. I have been using the paid version of Macrium for quite some time with the "Incrementals forever" profile and it has been a mostly good experience. It can be a pretty fast restore when it goes as expected. If it deletes and recreates the partitions it takes hours.
     
  12. Brian K

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    It should only take a few minutes. But if you have 50 copies of Rambo in the OS partition it will take hours. I recommend having non OS data files in a separate partition.
     
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