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Will "Complete System Restore" Overwrite Personal Files?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by blade002, Aug 13, 2010.

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  1. blade002

    blade002 Thread Starter

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    I have had a problem with a friends Computer i have been trying to fix (you will find another thread titled 000000x24 error) and i have "finally" been able to access the repair menu after booting from the OS CD which gives me the option (I tried repair, didn't work) of a Complete System Restore.

    My question is "will" Complete System Restore "overwrite" all of the personal or additional information added by the user on the hard drive, such as photo's, music...etc... or will it do the restore without affecting anything else?

    And oh yes, the OS on the machine is Windows Vista Basic, but my friend doesn't have the original disc it came with so i am using my Windows Vista Ultimate CD to do this, will this matter at all when doing a Repair or System restore or does it need to be the exact same version in this instance?
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Chances are that it will. Some of them try to save copies of the files in a folder at the root of the drive, but there should be backups, anyway. Any file without at least 2 backup copies is one you do not want to keep.

    Just move the personal files elsewhere before the restoration. There are a number of boot CD's that can do that, including Parted Magic disk partitoning tool (Bootable CD image), which also has recovery and other tools that you may find useful later.
     
  3. blade002

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    Thank you so very much Elvandil, i will try what you have said and i shall keep you updated :) Highly appreciated!! :)
     
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