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

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Move existing Windows 7 installation to new computer?

I have a Windows 7 64-bit installation on my current PC, and I want to move it to a new PC .. I do NOT have a problem with licensing, as the new system already has its own new Windows 7 license, which ...
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Is it possible to reinstall/fix Mac OS X's system ruby without doing a complete OS reinstall?

Is it possible? I'm running into various issues at least once a week since it got corrupted or something, especially with homebrew. If it is possible, but would just be a better idea to start from a ...
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What, *specifically* does Windows 8's “Refresh Your PC” option delete and retain?

I'm asking this question because I could only find non-technical, and non-specific, answers no more detailed than the options given by the OS. If you have an issue with your Windows 8 Pro machine and ...
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What does Windows System Restore exactly back up and restore?

I just had to do a system restore on a Windows XP machine infected by some malware or virus. Among other things, the virus had hidden all files and folders on all drives, removed all shortcuts in the ...
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How to delete “System Volume Information” folder from external drives?

I'm running Vista Prof 32bit on a lenovo w500 thinkpad. I have four external drives and use 4 different PCs, that all have system volume information folders, taking up lots of space, and I can't ...
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Is there any good RESTORE software for Windows? [closed]

In the spirit of Joel Spolsky's "Let’s stop talking about backups" article, is there any software that's good at restoring a Windows computer? By "good", I mean it can handle a situation where a ...
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Can a system restore reinstall uninstalled programs?

My pc has starting acting weird lately. I ran scan using Nod32, malware bytes. It did detect some viruses but my PC's behaviour doesn't change. When I use Adobe reader X it doesn't find the the word ...
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Is it possible to enable System Protection from the command prompt?

I just tried to install some updates for my laptop, and now it is stuck in an automatic repair loop. From what I've been able to find so far in the logs, I believe it is some problem with the registry....
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Archive a restore point permanently?

Since Windows updates typically create restore points, which delete older versions. If you have explicitly created a known GOOD restore point, is there a way to save it somewhere? The problem ...
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How to unlock a Hard Drive and Refresh PC

I have Windows 8, and none of the metro UI apps were working, so I downloaded a registry fix from Microsoft. I ran it, and during that time I ran Windows Update. I restarted the PC, and after the boot ...
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Windows 7 Backup - Does the “system image” include all the files on my drive?

I have a new Dell Laptop that I have setup the way I like it. I want to use Windows 7 to do a backup and then restore that backup on a different hard drive (solid state). When I setup the backup ...
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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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What is System Restore in Windows operating systems?

What is System Restore in Windows operating systems?
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System Restore Error 0x490 (WinVista)

I have a friend who's having problems with their Vista box (yes the same friends as this question) and they gave it to me to fix. So, here's the problem. On boot, you get the black DOS-like "...
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Windows 8.1 Factory Reset w/ Upgraded SSD and OS on that new SSD [closed]

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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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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Is there a “restore point” in Linux (Debian/Ubuntu) like Windows?

I'm working directly in an Ubuntu Virtual Machine (VM). Some updates (like kernel) were available at the update manager. If I weren't using a VM, I wouldn't update it since it's a risk to break ...
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Acronis True Image free/open source alternative

I've installed fresh Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit) on my laptop. I've installed all the application/WindowsUpdates which I wanted to and my system is ready to use. All my other data is now on D: drive. I ...
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How do I restore Windows 7 from a System Image to a Boot Camp partition without formatting?

I had a 70GB Boot Camp partition on my iMac that I wanted to increase the size of, so after creating a system image (.vhd) on an external FW drive of the Boot Camp partition using Windows Backup and ...
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Creating Windows 8.1 system image error [duplicate]

I'm experiencing "not enough space" error when trying to create system image to a USB hard drive: Detailed error: ERROR - A Volume Shadow Copy Service operation error has occurred: (0x8004231f)...
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Can system restore remove virus from the computer?

Can a system restore to a past time remove the virus from the computer?
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Prevent System Restore Point from being created during Install

Whenever I install using .MSI, the system freezes right after starting the Volume Shadow Copy Service/etc, and creating a System Restore Point. If possible, I'd rather not disable System Restore, as ...
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Where are the Windows 7 System Restore Points stored and how to preserve them?

I am using Windows 7 Professional. My system crashed few days back and to recover that, I inserted the Windows 7 DVD. While running the System Restore from the DVD, it showed there are no restore ...
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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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What user files does System Restore affect?

Microsoft's website states that "System Restore does not affect personal files, such as e-mail, documents". However, they do not define what personal files are. Today, I installed a new AMD graphics ...
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Creating an image of the entire system

I have a couple of computers running Windows XP and they all have the same software installed on the same hardware. I would like to create one image, so that in case a user's computer dies I can just ...
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Chicken and Egg: Can't Restore System Point and Can't Run Scan-Disk

I have an awesomely evil hard-drive corruption of some sort going on with my Windows 7 installation. Whenever I schedule a scandisk and restart, Windows tells me that the hard-drive is corrupted and I ...
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Windows 7 safe mode screen default choice

I have a Windows 7 computer that, when shut down improperly, boots up to the screen that gives a choice between starting windows normally and doing a system restore (and it has the 30 second timer). ...
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Windows 7 Image Restore with a smaller hard drive

I have a 500 GB drive that I have made a system image of. I would like to move that to a 250 GB drive (because it is a Solid State drive). I have made a Windows 7 Backup Image of my 500 GB drive. I ...
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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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If I split my harddrive, will a system restore delete it?

I split my 1TB HD from C drive and called it A. I put some files there to back up. I have now come to a point where I need to run a system restore with the discs that came with my computer. If I do a ...
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System Image restore crashes consistently while trying to access external media

I am trying to restore a System Image from an external drive to the only disk drive mounted in a brand new Mac Pro. Whenever I try to launch the System Image Restore, I get a crash in BMRUI with an ...
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Windows kiosk / restore functionality

I have a Windows 7 Professional machine used as a kiosk. However, I want to be able to use Microsoft's system restore to basically restore the machine after each reboot. I believe this will: Revert ...
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Why does WinDirStat report less space used than Windows does?

I have an SSD with ~125GB formatted, and it claims ~99GB are consumed. It has been rapidly consuming storage space for weeks. I have found many instances of unexplained SSD consumption online, none of ...
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bootmgr missing after restoring with sysresccd

I backed up my laptop months ago. Today i repartition the drive and used sysresccd with partimage to restore the HDD. I got a success msg after restoring however when booting i get a bootmgr missing ...
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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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System Restore takes up more space as time goes by

Does anyone know the reason for System Restore taking up more drive space after only a few days? I'm not making any new restore points but it still seems to increase in size. For example, I make a ...
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Can't do System Restore (failed to extract the file, 0x80070301)

System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer's system and settings were not changed. Details: System restore failed to extract the file (C:\Windows\Installer) from the restore point....
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When did System Restore stop affecting Windows Updates?

Recently, I allowed Windows Update to install what it said were important updates. Immediately after the update, programs that were working fine just before the update were no longer working, ...
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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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“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 Does Not Boot From Various Bootable Recovery Disks

No matter what recovery system I have used, be it Acronis recovery disk or some other recovery disk that is intended for emergency system restoration, my system just stalls but still responds ...
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Want to get rid of KB3004394 but used up all my restore points?

This question is related to my earlier question : crypt32.dll is broken for Virtualbox since patch Tuesday 9-Dec-2014? . I need to restore back to a point before KB3004394 but that point is no longer ...