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    Sys Resore and My Docs

    Hi,

    We just got a new computer and chose to have Windows ME loaded instead of XP. Things have not gone exactly great in trying to get the PC operational. So we've been introduced to System Restore very quickly.

    We partitioned the hard disk (80GB) into 2 primaries (1 for ME and 1 for XP to just play with) and 2 extended logical drives (D for programs, where we tried loading programs, and E for documents). We used Partition Magic for the partitioning, along with Boot Magic to choose our primary (altho we haven't loaded XP yet). We changed the My Documents folder to point to the E drive. The kind of programs we tried putting on D are Corel Draw, PhotoShop and others. Some didn't load altho there were no indications of a failure at the time - for example, we can see Corel Draw on the D drive but it won't start up. Trying to start it results in a msg about some missing registry key for a folder; yet if we try uninstalling it, we get a msg saying it's not installed. Looking at the registry for Corel, there does not appear to be very much there.

    So we've tried System Restore. Of course, our first attempt to use this feature proved unsuccessful. We tried to go back to a point very early on - in fact, the 1st restore point after the retailer delivered it to us. This would be before the partitioning, before any of the program installs noted above, moving My Documents, etc.

    2 questions:
    - any clues as to why the programs appear installed but aren't?
    - System Restore says it does NOT restore files in My Documents. Does this apply to subfolders of My Documents and does it apply if we've moved it to the E drive?

    Thanks.

    Fred

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    Re: Sys Resore and My Docs

    Got to http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...b;EN-US;q267951 Description of the System Restore Utility in Windows Millennium Edition (Q267951) and you will find the following:
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    What is System Restore?
    System Restore is designed to automatically monitor and record changes made to the core Windows system files and to the registry. System Restore can then allow you to undo (or "roll back") a change that caused instability in your system. This is accomplished by periodically recording a "Restore Point" (or System CheckPoint) that gives you the ability to roll your system back to the point in time when your computer was known to function properly.

    System Restore is not intended to be an "uninstaller" or a backup program. If Windows does not function properly after installing software or drivers, you should use the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel (or use the program's uninstaller) to remove the software before using System Restore.

    Monitored File Types
    System Restore monitors most system files with .exe, .vxd, .dll, .com, and .sys extensions. It does not monitor user-created files (for example, files that have .txt, .doc, or .xls extensions), the My Documents folder, Temporary Internet files (including the Internet Explorer History, Cookies, or Favorites files), the Recycle Bin, or the Windows Swap (.swp) file.

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    Re: Sys Resore and My Docs

    Dave,

    Thks for the reply. The material you sent me looks like it came from ME Help, which I had already read before the posting.

    It was based on the Help that I asked the question of monitoring/not monitoring subfolders of My Documents. That did not seem clear from Help - still doesn't. Maybe it's just me that I would have liked to have seen the words "...or subfolders" in the Help and don't take it for granted. I kind of assumed that if I move My Documents to my E drive that this won't be monitored by System Restore, since ME does give you the capability to relocate My Documents. But, as I said, I am ASSUMING that and I don't really like making assumptions when there could be a lot at stake.

    I also recognize that System Restore is not an uninstaller. However, it's not clear why it was Unsuccessful in my case. If I am to use it effectively in the future, it would help me to know why it was unsuccessful.

    One thing I forgot to mention in my first posting is that ME is now booting into Safe Mode all the time. That's one of the reasons I went into System Restore. So I also consulted the Help for Safe Mode trouble shooting - which was of no help.

    Other thoughts?

    Fred

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    Re: Sys Resore and My Docs

    http://www.techspot.com/guides-os.shtml
    Plenty of stuff there for ME/IE/OE and other OS. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Sys Resore and My Docs

    Fred,
    "It does not monitor user-created files (for example, files that have .txt, .doc, or .xls extensions), the My Documents folder, Temporary Internet files (including the Internet Explorer History, Cookies, or Favorites files), the Recycle Bin, or the Windows Swap (.swp) file. "

    AS stated above, the MY documents is NOT monitored, so any sub folder would not also. When MOVING these folders, a registry entry is changed so the restore would or should restorest back to the default, it your restore point was made befor the move.

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