System Restores-Do I lose my files or just Updates?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Laura, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. Laura

    Laura Guest

    It was suggested to do a system restore to correct the problem of my computer restarting itself, which started after an update. I'm concerned if I will lose my files since that time if I do a system restore. Or what does it restore? Can someone explain it a little more to me, please? Thank you!
     
    Laura, Mar 31, 2008
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  2. Mark L. Ferguson, Mar 31, 2008
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  3. Laura

    DL Guest

    System restore doesn't impact on your data files.
    PS business owner; you do have external backups of your data?

    It was suggested to do a system restore to correct the problem of my
    computer restarting itself, which started after an update. I'm concerned if
    I will lose my files since that time if I do a system restore. Or what does
    it restore? Can someone explain it a little more to me, please? Thank you!
     
    DL, Mar 31, 2008
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  4. Laura

    Laura Guest

    Yes, I do. I also have most of my files are on a secure website to enable
    remote access when out of the office. So, essentially, I have 3 locations
    where I keep my files.
     
    Laura, Mar 31, 2008
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  5. Laura

    System Restore monitors 'file types'. Usually your personal folders and
    files are not touched during a restore. However, if any of the monitored
    file types are present in your personal folders, these can be deleted or
    replaced with a previous version, depending on what the state of those files
    were when the restore point was created.

    Example: Files with the extension .EXE are in the Monitored file types list.

    You have downloaded a program to your C:\Users\your name\Downloads folder
    and this program is an .EXE file. If you run System Restore and go back to a
    date before the file was downloaded, that .EXE file will be removed.

    See this website for more details.

    Monitored file types in Windows Vista:
    http://bertk.mvps.org/html/monitoredfilesv.html
     
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Mar 31, 2008
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  6. System Restore restores the operating system (the registry and other
    components), and should have no effect on your data files.

    However, there are never any guarantees, and something can always go
    wrong when doing a system restore or at any other time. Your
    protection against that is backup, and you should *always* have your
    important data backed up, even if you are not doing a System Restore.

    But before you do a System Restore, let me make two more points:

    1. If your computer is restarting spontaneously, you are presumably
    blue-screening, and you are set to the default of rebooting whenever
    that happens. It's a poor default setting and you should change it.
    Right-click My Computer, and choose Properties. On the Advanced tab,
    click Settings under Startup and Recovery. Under System failure,
    uncheck the box "Automatically restart.

    Now when the problem occurs again, instead of restarting, you will get
    the blue screen with diagnostic information. Post back with those
    details for more help.

    2. I know you said that the restarting problem began after doing an
    update, but you should be aware that such restarting is very often
    caused by a hardware program--overheating, RAM issues, or power
    problems.
     
    Ken Blake, MVP, Mar 31, 2008
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