Windows System Restore.

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Badcompany, May 29, 2006.

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  1. Badcompany

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    Hello Forum,
    Windows System restore never lets me go back to a restore point in the previous month, is this normal.Are there any better system restore programs.
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  3. Peter2150

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    Check out the Leapfrog Forum. I use Raxco's FDISR and don't remember the last time I had system restore on.

    Pete
     
  4. Badcompany

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    Hi GF,
    I just want a program that will restore my Pc, so i don't loose everything like i did last time i had a computer crash, My Documents, My Photo's etc, and is easy to use.Can you suggest one.
    Bc.
     
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    Currently I don't use anything BC, so in no position to offer "easy." You would be questioning about a program such as Peter suggested .... an imaging type program that creates either a snapshot of you present system state, or one that allow's "rolling-back" so to say. There are many threads here that describe what your looking for though not too many of those apps are free. Other's will comment.

    GF
     
  6. Badcompany

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    Thanks GF, Is it possible to copy My Documents, my Photo's and e-mail addresse's on to a CD, in one download.
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    Hi GF,
    Perfect info as usual, Thanks.
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  9. Badcompany

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    Hello to All,
    Thanks for all your help and info, much appreciated.
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    Possible programs to use include;

    1. Backup and Restore programs such as Norton's GoBack, FirstDefense, Rollback and Argentum Backup.

    2. Imaging programs such as Ghost, Image for Windows.

    3. Registry restore programs such as Erunt and WinRescue.

    Always a good idea to have a layered approach to Restoring your system.
     
  12. Badcompany

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    Hi Gf.
    That link you sent was perfect, and i know how to copy my e-mail address,to CD.

    Hi Blackcat,
    Thanks for your reply, So what you are saying is, we take the same approach as we do with spyware ( Layered ) So i should have two restore progams.
    BC.
     
  13. TonyKlein

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    Yes and no:

    Rightclick My Computer > System Restore tab.

    Click Settings for the drive in question, and adjust the slider to tell Windows what amount of disk space it is allowed to use for System Restore.

    It really is all up to you....

    And of course, if you'd like a more comprehensive solution, there are a number of excellent backup solutions available, just as the others have indicated.
     
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    Hi Tony Klein,
    Thanks for the reply, If i use a program like ( Acronis True Image ) will it let me copy all of drive ( C ) on to a CD.
    BC.
     
  15. TonyKlein

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    Absolutely! And it will back up ALL your files and folders as well, unlike Windows System Restore.

    I was only replying to your original question... ;)
     
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    Hi TK,
    I have just found out about A.T.I. this is a progam i am looking for.Is it a program that is easy to use. My Computer Knowledge is very limited.
    BC.
     
  17. TonyKlein

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    Hi BC.

    I'm not an Acronis user myself (I use an "ancient" version of PowerQuest Drive Image myself), but generally these programs are really easy to use, usually offering a wizard guiding you through the steps required.

    And if course we have an Acronis forum at this very board, with lots of folks that will be happy to answer your questions. :)
     
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    Hi TK,
    Thanks for all your help, Much Appreciated.
    Badcompany.:D
     
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    np - my pleasure. :)
     
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    BTW, just my thought I have experience in the past that system restore sometimes will not restore ur system if u have some HIPS or IDS type software on ur system. In this case u have to turn off the protection of HIPS or IDS first( and also auto start of HIPS/ IDS on reboot during system restore if possible). I got this experience with Norton Internet Security.
     
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    As a long-time user of True Image, I would not recommend its use with optical disks (CD/DVD). Up until the very latest release, it did not directly support writing to optical disk, you had to use it in conjunction with a 3rd party packet-writer (e.g., Nero In CD). Now with the latest release it has its own built-in burner, but it doesn't work properly whenever you have to span CDs or DVDs (which is usually necessary)!

    In all of my attempts, it seems to successfully create the backup image to optical disk but can not restore it. ATI is very reliable for imaging to and restoring from a hard drive, but it simply is not trustworthy for optical disk backup (to be accurate, it's the restoring process that's flakey when spanning multiple disks)!

    ~pv
     
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