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System State and Restore Point

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Tabvla, Feb 6, 2007.

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  1. Tabvla

    Tabvla Thread Starter

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    Does anyone have a link to a Microsoft document that explains the actual file difference between taking a backup of System State and creating a Restore Point?

    TiA
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

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    Not exactly, but you can use these two links for comparison:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...ocs/en-us/ntbackup_system_state.mspx?mfr=true

    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/ms997627.aspx#windowsxpsystemrestore_whats

    I consider System Restore more complete -- it WILL restore Program Files and files stored on the root drive. It will NOT restore anything in My Documents, most personal profile data contained in Local Settings and most security changes.

    The drawback of System Restore is it's dependencies on scripting and IE integrity -- often a catch 22 situation. And the cache itself occasionally becomes corrupt.

    And generally speaking you must be able to boot the computer to use it -- although there is a back door to the registry hives through the Recovery Console.
     
  3. Tabvla

    Tabvla Thread Starter

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    Thanks Rolling Dog, very good links.

    (MS needs to work on their search engine..... or then again they could ask Google :D )
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

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    Lol, yeah, that's how I find them; although I have both bookmarked -- google gets them faster.

    Hint:

    put your search string ahead of

    site:microsoft.com

    and that will search their data base.

    Anyway, you're welcome!
     
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