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Poll Results: Is System Restore useful to you ?

 
  • 48% (29)
    Yes.
  • 15% (9)
    No, but it's still enabled.
  • 36% (22)
    No, I disabled it.
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post #11 of 37
Its saved me from re-installing probably 3 times in 5-6 years. Its a nice little feature i leave on when stripping an OS that i know i will use for a long time.
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post #12 of 37
I think it's one of the very few usefull programs that comes included with Windows.

The amount of times it has fixed problems for me when I didn't have a clue what was causing them is unreal.

System restore is like a Pepperami, I don't know what the hell is in it, but it's awesome!
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post #13 of 37
I disable it and recommend others to NEVER use it even when they think their PC is screwed.

I'm not sure if it's the same in newer versions of Windows, but I only found it making things harder because it would restore some files, not move others, change tons of things, and you don't get to see any of the changes, you're simply left guessing with a mash of your files in the past and you files now.

It rarely ever will fix a problem.
post #14 of 37
I've kept it disabled since 2002-2003.

Anytime I screw something up badly enough for system restore to be useful, I'd be better off with a reformat.

I just keep backups of all my essentials.
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post #15 of 37
Saved me once aswell.
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post #16 of 37
I usually just forget to turn it off. I reinstall every few months, so if I have to reinstall because something's broken it's not a tremendous loss and it feels more thorough.
    
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post #17 of 37
System Restore is very useful. Most programs don't remove all of their registry keys when you uninstall them, so if I install a program to try out, and I decide I don't like it, I run System Restore after I uninstall to remove the extra registry keys. Its safer and a lot simpler than registry fixers.
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post #18 of 37
i voted yes but on a pc that is important......like what you would use everyday.....with all of your daily programs and data........on my gaming rig(sig) though it is off
    
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post #19 of 37
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I disable it and recommend others to NEVER use it even when they think their PC is screwed.

I'm not sure if it's the same in newer versions of Windows, but I only found it making things harder because it would restore some files, not move others, change tons of things, and you don't get to see any of the changes, you're simply left guessing with a mash of your files in the past and you files now.

It rarely ever will fix a problem.
System restore only restores any system files or program files that were changed and resets registry keys to the point in time when the snapshot was taken. It would only change tons of things if you've made tons of changes since the restore point you pick.

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The file types that System Restore monitors are many but include most of the extensions that you typically see when you install new software (e.g., .cat, .com, .dll, .exe, .inf, .ini, .msi, .ole, .sys). Note that only application installations that use a System Restore restorept.api-compliant installer will trigger the creation of a restore point.
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If you know how to use it and how it works, it is very helpful and can fix almost any software problem (as long as its not a virus).

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Typically, system recoveries are easiest when you know *or think you know* what caused the problem (e.g., a recently installed device driver). In some cases, System Restore might not be the best choice for correcting a problem you're experiencing. System Restore changes many different files and registry entries, and in some cases might replace too much and actually cause more problems than it solves. For example, say you install Office XP, which triggers System Restore to create a restore point, and the software suite works great. Later in the day, you download and install an updated video driver, and because the driver is signed, the installation doesn't trigger System Restore to create a restore point. Now your system hangs on occasion, and you believe that the video driver is the culprit. In this case, you should use the Device Driver Rollback utility because it will address the device-driver problem only and not change anything else on your system. System Restore would roll your computer back to a preOffice XP state, and you would have to reinstall the entire software suite after you resolved the driver problem.
Same source as above.

Knowing how and when to use System Restore is the key to its usefulness.
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post #20 of 37
It has worked fine for me the in the past (using xp) but haven't had to use it since switching over to win7. I keep it enabled.
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