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    Windows Restore Point

    Can anyone give me any information on Windows Restore Point?
    Does it work well?
    Does it take up room on the harddrive?
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    Re: Windows Restore Point

    The quick answers are yes and sometimes. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    The System Restore utility in Windows XP restores your System setting to a previous time. Before you install a program you should be certain to manually set a restore point (the system does this by default, but I like to be sure). Then if something goes bork with the installation and you can't get things back to normal, going into System Restore and rolling things back to the restore point you set before the installation should correct things. It does what it says it will do very well. That's not to say it doesn't have limitations and warts. <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15> You can set aside as much or as little system space as you like for System Restore. The more you give it the further back you will be able to go. I believe the default is 10% of your HD. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Windows Restore Point

    Good information. My last question... you said "10%" does that mean it only backs up 10% of what is on your harddrive? Or it reserves 10% of your hard drive space to store these restore points?

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    Re: Windows Restore Point

    Here's more information: Frequently Asked Questions Regarding System Restore in Windows XP. It addresses your question plus others you may come up with.

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    Re: Windows Restore Point

    You must understand System Restore limitations: it makes "snapshot" of your system settings and can restore it, but it does not perform backup and restore data files. That means, if you create a restore point, install a new program and then restore your system, a new program will be "uninstalled", but it's files will remain on your hard drive. However, if you create a restore point, upgrade one of your already installed programs to a new version and then try to restore your system, most likely you will get an error message "The system cannot be restored", because an upgrade replased old program files with new versions. (It does not concern Microsoft upgrades - "hotfixes" - because they create its own backups.)

    Rule of thumb (better > worse):

    System imaging > System backup > System Restore (GoBack) > nothing

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    Re: Windows Restore Point

    From the link in the post above ...........

    Disk space used by System Restore by default:
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