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    System restore

    I am in a pickle, i tried uninstalling CA antivirus which was in a unstable state, I have no idea why?
    At this point i downloaded a trial version of nod32 and tried to install it, it froze during the installation.
    When i reboot my machine a splash screen shows up followed by a normal (I presume) screen for nod32 at which time the system freezes.

    I thought a system restore may be the go, but before i do this i want to know if system restore uninstalls this s/w first?

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    Re: System restore

    System Restore restores the situation of the time the restore point was made.
    So if you go back to a restore point that was made when you still had CA, nod32 will be removed and CA reinstalled.
    If you go back to a restore point made after you uninstalled CA but before you tried to install nod32, nod32 will be removed but CA will not be reinstalled.

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    Re: System restore

    Yes a system restore could be a solution. Have you tried to boot in Safe Mode, see if any different from Normal Mode?

    The cause of the original problem can be many things. I don't know if you uninstalled the first anti-virus program (you said tried) before trying to install the second; it's always a good idea to do so. Then of course it is also a good idea to have a stable system before trying to install something new; that is, some effort should be put to try to find the cause (around CA antivirus), since adding more programs (or installing service packs, some do think that it will solve anything) can make the situation worse.

    In general if one is about to do a system restore, one should uninstall the programs that has been installed after the restore point one is going to use. Even if one is planning to keep them. Since the restore may remove some important files, programs installed after the restore point you are going back to may stop working. So in those cases one uninstall all programs installed after the restore point. When restore is done, you reinstall those programs you like to keep.

    If not done this way, the restore may remove important files, for instance making it hard to unintall a program in the future.

    If one look at the list of files that SR monitors, one realise that there can be important files for some programs that will go away at a restore. So best is to uninstall before a restore.

    So, there are some things to think about, and you are doing the right thing to check information before using it. SR also affects user accounts, so if one has created or deleted accounts after the RP one is going to use, the user documents will be affected.

    Here is a FAQ from MSFT
    Frequently Asked Questions Regarding System Restore in Windows XP

    Here is a really good resource, MVP Bert Kinney
    All About System Restore in WinXP

    Under the menu "System Restore in Windows XP", you will find a lot of info good to know, since there are some "do and don'ts".

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    Re: System restore

    I would say that in most cases SR do not reinstall programs (that has been uninstalled), when you go back to a RP when the program was installed. SR monitors a lot but not everything.

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    Re: System restore

    I confess to being ignorant in this respect; I've used System Restore only once.

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    Re: System restore

    From here....

    "System Restore does not replace the process of uninstalling a program. To completely remove the files installed by a program, you must remove the program using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel or the program's own uninstall program."
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    Re: System restore

    Yep.

    Did I miss anything? (other than linking to the MSFT article, thanks) <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: System restore

    Nope.

    Just being through and proving your point. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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