| By Fred Langa |
System Restore has been around since Windows ME, but it’s still misunderstood by many Windows users.
It has also evolved over time, gaining new features and functions — which only adds to the confusion.
Protecting Windows’ essential system files
Reader Art Williams is seeking clarity on one of Windows’ most important, self-protective subsystems.
- “I would like to know what exactly is backed up in a System Restore restore point. More importantly, what’s not backed up?
“I’ve read that you can adjust the size of the restore point file, which could mean less data is going to be backed up. I’ve also heard that system restore often does not work.
“Many people I know have a false sense of security and think of the restore point as an image [backup] and that it will always bail them out.”
Here’s a quick reference on System Restore: