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Is there anything about System Restore that makes it worth disabling? I found a webpage a couple years ago that shows all of the "Unnecessary Services" to be disabled. One of them was System Restore. I always did it because I just assumed it was a major resource hog.

What are your thoughts on System Restore? Do you disable it, or do you leave it enabled? If you disable it, then for what reasons?

I know that I should just make up my own mind, but I really don't know if there's a difference in performance when it's enabled verses when it's disabled, and I'm after maximum performance with minimal compromise.

Edit: This has been answered (that was easy! hehe). Thank you everyone!
post #2 of 15
I never use it. I think I'll disable it. However, I could see where it could be useful If you really had to retrieve a file after a severe software failure.

But you really should do a clean install any time something catastrophic happens to your OS.

That is, unless you work for the CIA....


**EDIT: Noticed you said performance, and I really doubt it will affect performance whatsoever. However, I do enjoy having a minimalist approach towards my computing, hence no icons on my desktop and as few applications as possible installed. Believe me, it makes me feel like David Bowie or Brian Eno creaing "Low" or "Another Green World". In case you haven't noticed, I'm into music production.

***EDIT 2: My best friend has Asperger's as well, and he's quite possibly the smartest person I know, so I wouldn't feel that bad about it. He elucidated the fact to me that even CNN wrote an article on it "The Nerd Disease", saying men such as Einstein might have had it. Yes, Albert Einstein had many mental issues.
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I disable it on every one of my Windows machines. It's not a very good restore utility. I use DriveImage XML for making backups on Windows. (Yes, it's free!)
 
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I never use it. I think I'll disable it. However, I could see where it could be useful If you really had to retrieve a file after a severe software failure.

But you really should do a clean install any time something catastrophic happens to your OS.

That is, unless you work for the CIA....


**EDIT: Noticed you said performance, and I really doubt it will affect performance whatsoever. However, I do enjoy having a minimalist approach towards my computing, hence no icons on my desktop and as few applications as possible installed. Believe me, it makes me feel like David Bowie or Brian Eno creaing "Low" or "Another Green World". In case you haven't noticed, I'm into music production.

***EDIT 2: My best friend has Asperger's as well, and he's quite possibly the smartest person I know, so I wouldn't feel that bad about it. He elucidated the fact to me that even CNN wrote an article on it "The Nerd Disease", saying men such as Einstein might have had it. Yes, Albert Einstein had many mental issues.
Oh, I talk about having Asperger Syndrome the way people say "yeah, I have brown hair." I"m happy to know what's up with me. I've only known about it since late April of '06, and it was the first and only diagnosis with which I was ever in perfect agreement. And I learned that it's fair to others to let them know about it to avoid the question, "I wonder what his deal is. He's so... I dunno! Different?" But as for being smart... well, I'm probably too humble to say very much, but let's just say that I an unable to disagree.

Yeah, I'm the minimalist too. I have 31 processes running at idle. Whoa, I got 29 running right now (28 if you exclude the TM). Oh, there's wmiprvse.exe again... lol Okay, make that 30. So yeah, I love to customize my pc.

Yeah, I doubt it affects performance too, and so I was hoping to confirm that (but I was also hoping to learn why I am wrong if disabling it does increase performance). And I'm kinda like you where I think "well, if I really get to a point where I need to use System Restore, then maybe I'd be better off reformatting. lol"

Maybe I should use it just for fun since I've never really utilized many of the features XP has like System Restore. I remember being so amazed by it when I watched this one video where this asian guy and this brunette were comparing win98 to XP in front of a small audience, and like I say, I particularly remember being amazed by System Restore. I should like, create a restore point right now, and then use it just to see it in action.
post #5 of 15
System restore sucks. After you use it, performance is so bad that you'll want to reinstall anyway.

Just turn it off, save your HDD the space and thrashing.
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System restore sucks. After you use it, performance is so bad that you'll want to reinstall anyway.

Just turn it off, save your HDD the space and thrashing.
That's kinda what the reason was for their advice to disable it ("their" is referring to the people who wrote the websites talking about disabling the unnecessary processes).

I suppose it's settled then. It's disabled.
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Thats one of the first thing I disable when the install is finish.
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I have it disabled to save disk space and not to stare at "creating a system restore point" whenever installing a Windows Update. Either I can fix my problem, or I reformat, end of the story lol. I always backup my critical data on an external HDD and I send important documents to myself via email.
    
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Thats one of the first thing I disable when the install is finish.
hehehe me too, but this installation of Windows was a little different for me. I tried a different approach due to my desire to overclock: I basically installed Windows, then my necessary drivers to operate my hardware, and then I started overclocking. I kinda forgot about my folder labeled "services.msc" with 2 screenshots showing me which ones to disable in case I missed a few!

Either way, I'm back to "normal" now with 29-30 processes going with just Firefox open (sometimes 29 if wmiprvse.exe isn't open!). Yeah, you might say I'm kind of proud of this.
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I have it disabled to save disk space and not to stare at "creating a system restore point" whenever installing a Windows Update. Either I can fix my problem, or I reformat, end of the story lol. I always backup my critical data on an external HDD and I send important documents to myself via email.
Oh, see that's why I have 2 HDD's running at all times. Thanks to TweakUI XP, my 2nd hdd is my Desktop, the entire contents of My Documents, and it's the default location for the folder we see in My Computer called "[Username]'s Documents", which I found can only be changed in Regedit. Of course, as far as I know, this is WinXP specific.

This way, I can reformat at any time, and all I'll have to do beforehand is back things up like Outlook, Firefox and saved games so that I can re-install it and continue where I left off as though I didn't reformat. Of course, I had to teach myself where all the files were so I could do this.

So, the 250GB SATA II Barracuda is used for installed programs, and the 40GB IDE Barracuda is used strictly for storage (and some backup) of things like not-so-necessary documents to drivers to setup files for many things such as Firefox. Without it, I couldn't reformat and get back to the way things were in a matter of a couple of hours. Or maybe it wouldn't be so easy and convenient!
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