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No system restore

When I try to set my system restore to an earlier time, it goes thru the motions, but when rebooted things are not changed.

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  • joycemackie May 08, 2009

    Example: I downloaded a zipped program from a website, when I opened it it put about 50 files on my desktop that I didn't know what to do with, had never had that happen before. so I went into system restore to set it back to the day before. when the computer restarted all tjhe files were still on desktop. this is not first time this has happened I have tried to restore before but things are the same when I restart.

  • joycemackie May 08, 2009

    I should add, I got rid of the 50 files by deleting one by one.

  • joycemackie May 08, 2009

    Thank you for your help, but don't know if I trust my s.r. anymore what good is it if I can't undo a mistake I've made?

  • joycemackie May 08, 2009

    I understand what you are saying now. I really appreciate your timely and patient assistance.

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    What are you attempting to restore? System restore is designed to restore system files, not your personal files. So if you're attempting to remove a virus, system restore might help you. However, if you're trying to restore a lost file, system restore probably won't help you.



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This is normal. As I said, System Restore does not restore your personal files. So, as you said, you unzipped those files to your desktop. That means the 50 files are your personal files. System Restore typically never touches your personal files, so restoring to the previous day would not have removed the 50 files.

So no worries, your System Restore feature is still working as it should.

Let me know if I need to explain anything in more detail or if I can assist you with something else.

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    Peter Steiert May 08, 2009

    Oh, I failed to mention that System Restore almost never restores or removes any of your personal file. Therefore I came to the conclusion that nothing is wrong with your System Restore as it did what it was supposed to, nothing.

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    Peter Steiert May 08, 2009

    The mistakes are system-based. For instance, removing/installing a driver, removing/installing a system file. System restore was never designed to manage your personal files, only files critical to your system's operation. Therefore let's say you install a virus which guts your system's files preventing you from running your computer smoothly. A system restore would remove the virus' files restoring any system files it may have removed/changed. Afterward a virus scan should pick up any remains.

    The reason System Restore doesn't manage your personal files is quite simple. Some people constantly download and remove things. If System restore were to track all of this and log it, not only would it slow down your system some 25%, it would consume about half the available disk space on your hard drive with, "junk."

    Let me know if you need me to explain anything further regarding this matter.

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 08, 2009

    Not a problem.

    Once again, let me know if I can do anything else for you.
    Ratings are appreciated. :-)



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