General act of restoring a system to its previous state, also found in "System Restore" for Microsoft Windows

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Windows 8.1 Factory Reset w/ Upgraded SSD and OS on that new SSD [on hold]

Why I am doing this: I download the wrong graphics card driver update and now my graphics card has gone haywire. After trying several things with NVIDIA, including installing the right driver, and ...
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Windows 8.1 Factory Reset w/ BitLocker Encryption

Why I am doing this: I recently downloaded the wrong graphics card driver update and my graphics card has gone haywire. After trying a bunch of things NVIDIA had me do, including to install the right ...
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Tricky System Recovery Point Scenario

Alright, I'll get right to it. How do you create an active system recovery point in windows 8.1 on 1 hard drive covering 2 hard drives in a computer? Basically I want my 1TB HDD continuously doing ...
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computer is unable to do a backup or system restore

My pc is unable to do a system restore. No matter how many times I tried the computer does it as if its doing a system restore but when it finishes and I log back into my user there shows up a screen ...
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Can't access BIOS setup. Erased all data on hard drive

I was trying to do a factory reset on my HP Compaq laptop, but at the end of the process, it says it is incomplete, and it seems like the hard drive got completely erased. I can't even access the BIOS ...
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Windows 8 image creation

http://en.kioskea.net/faq/29239-windows-8-1-how-to-create-a-system-image If I was to create a system image using this method above, will the external hard drive I save it to be completely wiped and ...
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PC does start but cannot boot from USB/CD

Today I got the problem that the password on one of my PCs doesn't work anymore. I know it's the correct one but the system doesn't accept it. So I thought I'll restore a backup. Now I have to boot ...
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How To Re-install FreeLoader For Restored ReactOS Installation?

With Windows if you want to backup and restore (or deploy) you use the deployment tools to create a .wim image of the operating system, then write the image to the desired computer's drive, and then ...
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some programs not working after system restore

so after I did windows updates after a long time (it's for a good reason that I am not updating!) the notebook (Windows 8) failed to start correctly. After the windows loading screen, only different ...
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Could installing backup system image on 2nd HD cause problems?

HARDWARE I have 3 hard drives installed in my computer: C:/ System 60GB SSD E:/ Media 500GB HHD Z:/ Newly Formatted 240GB SSD (no data) FAILURE I was experiencing what I thought was a harddrive ...
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Restoring WoW6432Node

I feel real stupid about this one. Before I go any further I would like to state that I have a registry backup I created two hours prior to this and I should have system restore checkpoints all over ...
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Factory Reset Asus

I have an ASUS All-in-one PC (not sure what model) and I'm trying to perform a Factory Restore but nothing is working yet. I have tried pressing F8, all I had access to was "Restore from an earlier ...
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How can I tell System Restore in WIndows 7 recovery console to use my recovered backup drive's restore point data?

My Windows 7 desktop PC failed to boot. It would get to a grayish screen with a mouse and would only respond to the power button. After much examination I found that the problem was not a failed drive ...
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Where does Windows create a system image to?

This may sound stupid, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. If I create a system image in Windows 7 using the control panel tool, and I tell it to create the image in my external HDD, where in the HDD ...
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name change will not allow lap top to reboot

I have a Samsung N150 laptop. I renamed the full computer name and username (both are the same), required to restart, when I restarted I get an error "incorrect Disk, remove and try again". same error ...
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Edit already existing Scheduled Task through GPO

I have been searching for a while but not getting much out of my trusty friend Google at the moment, so wondering if someone else out there might be able to share some wisdom. By default, Windows has ...
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Restore windows 7 using system image

I made a system image only to the C drive, when I choose a recovery using system image from the repair your computer option on boot, will it format the entire hard disk or only the C drive ?
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Why do System Restore points vary in size so much on Windows XP?

I've just been looking on my Win XP system with TreeSize Free and find that in System Volume Information I have 18 Restore Points taking up around 12.2 GB of disk space in total. I also find that the ...
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There is no system image on this computer?

So I am trying to reformat my hard drive with a system image disk. I use the options on the Recovery's advanced options. I have 2 DVD-RW's with the system image. Two because one DVD wasn't big enough. ...
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“Create a restore point” on specific drive - Windows 8.1 Pro x64

I go to Charms(Windows key), type "Create a Restore Point" and then "Configure..." physically different drives (SSDs, HDDs) to "Turn on System Protection". I have a 2 TB HDD which I bought ...
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System Image for Windows 8.1 Won't Restore

I have a problem restoring Windows 8.1 using a system image. I've re-installed Windows after accidentally wiping my partitions. Fortunately, I had a backup, but I haven't been able to get that ...
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Restoring Windows 8.1 is blocked by UEFI

I accidentally wiped my Windows partitions while installing Ubuntu, but fortunately, I did a complete backup before trying to install it. The laptop is a Yoga 2 Pro, if that helps at all. The ...
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Windows 8 system restore failing?

It appears that I cannot use Windows 8's system restore. The error I get has something to do with "Appxstaging", which I believe relates to Windows Apps. Now I remembered that I disabled User Access ...
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Windows 7 Turn off System Restore Via Command Line

Im trying to turn off System restore via the command line. This is the command im using Reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore" /V DisableSR /t ...
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Prevent Security Essentials from creating a system restore point before definition update?

It is really annoying (and baffling) that Security Essentials always creates a system restore point before updating its definitions. There is no good reason to do this and creating a 2GB restore point ...
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How to create bootable USB stick with GRUB with data partition, Win rescue disk and System Rescue CD

This is my motivation: I have a USB stick I always carry with me. And there are always problems with computers not booting. So I want to make the drive a little more useful. It has to: Contain a ...
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Does the Lenovo recovery partition include the product key?

My SSD stopped working on my Thinkpad X220. I made a recovery USB from the recovery partition that was included with the laptop, but I don't have a Windows 7 system repair disc. I installed a new ...
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Why did System Restore wipe out a complete desktop, and a lot of files on the primary partition?

The PC was running unusually slow so I thought I'd restore it to a few days back and see what happens. I put up system restore point to 2 days ago, that's 11th of May. And when I loaded Windows again ...
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Flickering black screen after kb2919355 (Windows 8.1 Update 1) - no OS access - no safe mode - can't system restore

I can't believe I'm going through this again. I recently updated my windows 8.1 with kb2919355 and my PC doesn't boot anymore. I'm getting a black flickering logon screen where it's impossible to ...
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What to do after system restore does not work?

Sometimes after a windows update I get a blue SOD on start-up, and normally resolve this by going into safe mode, system restore, check problem with update / reinstall all fine. On this occasion I ...
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Backup computers boot information/files under Linux

Basically the same question as the unanswered one of How to backup the boot information of a PC's Hard Disk?, but from a different angle because that one was seeking Windows based solution ...
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Will restoring in Windows 8.1 also reset my account information?

After being forced to create a Microsoft account in order to log in to Metro-Skype, my Windows 8.1 local account was converted (linked) to the Microsoft.com account (which is now corrupted, possibly ...
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Windows 7 System Image Restore Error 0x80042412 (No disk can be used…)

SSD main drive died in a computer. Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit. Had a weekly Windows Image backup on one of its hard drives. Replaced the SSD with a newer, bigger SSD. Booting from the Windows ...
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Windows 8 System restore failed (0x80042415)

I've recently backed up my system by creating a system image from Windows 7 File Recovery. Then before restoring it by booting from the installation disk, first I deleted the C drive and recreated it ...
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Exclude files or folders from System Restore

How can I exclude folders, files, or certain extensions from being backed up in System Protection's Restore Points and deleted or reverted by System Restore? I know that My Documents folder wasn't ...
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How can I create a CD or USB key that fully restores a Linux install? (a la the CDs that come with Windows boxen)

Whenever I assemble and configure a Linux PC for someone, I always run into the problem of what happens if they want to restore their system back to the way it was when they got it. Either they ...
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Cannot Create Restore Point--says “Insufficient Space”?

For years (really), I've been getting this attached screenshot) message when I try to create a restore point (Windows 7). I have PLENTY of space. Because of this error, I haven't been able to make a ...
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Will restoring system image delete other partitions?

Earlier this year I created a system recovery image for C partition.My HDD is 1TB and divided into 4 partitions. I want to restore my C:\ using that image. Will the restore process delete the 3 other ...
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Does system restore remove Windows updates?

If I make a system restore, it removes programs that I installed recently. But will it do the same for recent updates, or are they permanent?
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How to prevent windows from deleting specific old custom restore points

Windows automatically deletes old restore points. How do I prevent windows from deleting some particular custom restore points. Here is a similar question, which talks about talking the backup of ...
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Windows system drive images potentially dangerous to cloud data?

It seems that Microsoft recommends to not move the C:\Users directory off the system partition (e.g. using junction points)1 at least as of Windows 8.1. At the same time however most cloud services ...
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Move Windows XP to a new disk - only moving system installation and nothing else from the partition

Part of my problem is pretty common: I bought new HDD for my computer (notebook) and now want to move Windows XP system to the new disk. My specific problem is that the system on the old disk doesn't ...
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System Restore only showing one restore point per day

Win 7 Home Premium, 64bit My system is creating restore points just fine and I have plenty of space allocated for them. However, System Restore is not showing all the restore points that were created ...
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Drive letters swapped after system restore (C: → D:)

I’ve been having problems with my Gateway desktop recently. I decided to do a system restore (in safe-mode), and the next thing I knew, the drive letter had been changed from C: to D:. I can’t do ...
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Can't login to Windows 7 Home Premium even from safe mode and from the command prompt

I use Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on my computer. Previously there was no problem. I have a new computer that I bought less than a year ago. I used it as usual, but when I opened it again the next ...
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System Restore is not creating restore points

On my Windows 8.1 system, System Restore is not automatically creating restore points when programs are installed or uninstalled or at specified intervals. I have enough free space on the disk. What ...
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Cannot create a system restore point (0x80070005 Access Denied) Windows 7 x64 SP1

When creating a System Restore point manually, I get a nondescript error message: The restore point could not be created for the following reason: Access is denied. (0x80070005) I've been ...
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How to recover files deleted by System Restore

My buddy has done a System Restore to recover his laptop. This System Restore deleted a whole bunch of Javascript files in his My Documents folder belonging to a project he was working on. They were ...
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Unexplained changes to classic look in Windows 7 Professional

At work, there's an Acer Veriton desktop running Windows 7 32-bit Professional on 2 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD with an Intel Pentium Dual Core processor. Last Saturday, after a reboot the network and audio ...
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Clonezilla complaints that the disk is too small by 3 sectors

I made an image of my whole drive last night now I need to restore it back. However CZ complaints that the drive is too small by a crazy tiny margin Destination disk is too small! Destination disk ...