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Solved: Question About System Restore In XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by cuzinaddie, Jan 26, 2005.

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  1. cuzinaddie

    cuzinaddie Thread Starter

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    Hello all,
    A few months ago I had to do a clean install on my operating system and all is fine with it but before I did the install I tried a few rounds of system restore to try to avoid doing that. It didn't work, but it brings to mind a question.
    While I was looking around my HD to make sure I had backed everything up I noticed that certain files were named toejam(1).exe, toejam(2).exe, toejam(3).exe, ect ect ect all the way up to toejam(8).exe. If you take your computer back in time dosen't this replicate certain system files each and every time you do it? and if so, can you delete the extra files. Wouldn't it be safe to assume that the ones in the middle, toejam(2) through (8), would be OK to delete?
    I ask this question because I'm helping a friend sort out her computer and every time we do any kind of system scans it takes for EVER. There are over 190,000 files on her computer. I know that she has a lot of music and picture files on there, but I think that most of these files are from the many times she has done a system restore. I have a lot of picture files and MORE music files than she does but I barely break 80.000.

    Does anyone know how to do this and if it can even be done?
     
  2. Dust Sailor

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    I suggest you do a Google search There are quite a few responses that include games and music
     
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    If you want to get rid of system restore points go to My Computer > right click > properties > system restore Turn off system restore and reboot Reset system restore . That will get rid of all point up until the reboot
     
  4. cuzinaddie

    cuzinaddie Thread Starter

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    So is what you're saying that the files numbered like that are the system restore points?
     
  5. Dust Sailor

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    If you dont know what these files are I suggest going to
    Google and doing a search for TOEJAM so you can possibly identify what they are . There are a number of responses including games and music and you will have to dtermine which it is .
    If you find them in restore and want to get rid of them do as suggested above
     
  6. cuzinaddie

    cuzinaddie Thread Starter

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    Um, toejam is not any type of program, utility, picture file, music file, or operating system, ect ect ect. It is something I made up to use as an example of a file name. I am not trying to get rid of the system restore points, and I'm not trying to define TOEJAM(1).EXE.
    My question is, if you take your computer back in time via system restore does it replicate certain system files? And if said files are just renamed by adding the next higher number to it to show that the computer has gone back in time using system restore, can I delete the ones in the middle? I used TOEJAM as an example of such files to show the sequence to which they are named.
     
  7. kiwiguy

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    No, it should not "replicate system files" in general.

    Trojans often use such sequential numbering though, so some real file names may help.
     
  8. cuzinaddie

    cuzinaddie Thread Starter

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    Hey Kiwiguy,
    Those files that I was referring to no longer exist. I did a clean install way back when so they are gone. I was just wondering because someone else asked me this question.... I never thought of a trojan though. You have made my mind just a little mo sharper. Thanks!!!!
     
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