Does system restore really work?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by r3nr3w, May 26, 2008.

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    r3nr3w Guest

    Why can't I use system restore to restore back to certain restore points? I
    was only successful twice with it. When my laptap was new and when I used it
    after re-formatting my hard drive. On all occassions after those two
    instances I can never restore back to any restore point. It always says that
    "unspecified error" line. If Microsoft doesn't know what happend, how could
    I. Why did they bother putting system restore if it doesn't work all the
    time anyway. It gives you a false sense of security.
    r3nr3w, May 26, 2008
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    Ramone, May 26, 2008
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    Gordon Guest

    If you formatted the HDD then you did NOT use "system restore" - how could
    Gordon, May 26, 2008
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    r3nr3w Guest

    I believe so. But I can never be a 100% sure. Does that mean I'll have to
    re-format again just to get it started?
    r3nr3w, Jun 3, 2008
  6. You can never be 100% sure of anything expect for death, taxes and
    Microsoft releasing the latest version of Windows with known bugs.
    Some things never change. If these "bugs" jump up and bite you depends
    on HOW you use your computer.

    Reformatting in of itself guarantees nothing. It is the ultimate
    Restore Point forcing you to go back to square one. Generally unless
    you are using some backup "image" to restore from, if you reformat,
    then reinstall Windows, any updates and patches you've made are lost
    not only to Windows, but also any adjustments you've made to your
    installed software as well. You'll have to put them all back again,
    which surprise, can introduce some of the very problems you were
    hoping to avoid all over again and if you have many applications it
    can be a very time consuming and frustrating experience.

    Best advice: If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.

    Most installs of Vista, like every version of Windows before it have
    some idiosyncrasy (quirks) that manifest themselves in unique ways. As
    the ultimate user of your computer you have to decide if putting up
    with these annoyances are worth tinkering with or better left alone.

    Getting Windows to run smoothly is more art than science. You can get
    lucky with every application running perfectly right off the bat, but
    that is the exception, not the rule. The harder you push your computer
    and the more exotic and complex software you install the more likely
    you'll see Vista do something stupid.
    Adam Albright, Jun 3, 2008
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