Windows System Restore: A utility feature for undoing changes

By: Rollback Software  30/11/2010
Keywords: incremental backup

System restoring is process of recovering the PC from damaged, failed, corrupted files. The Windows system restore feature is one among many great features for solving major recovering problems in your PC like Windows Registry, device drivers, or DLL files With the system restore option in Windows operating system, the users can recover the PC by creating snapshots, or restore points of the computer at regular intervals or before installation of certain task. This feature helps to restore computer to a previously known working state without affecting personal data including word document, messages, bookmark list, email-settings, videos, music and so on. This saves users considerable time and money in comparison to reinstalling of applications and operating system.

The system restoration in Windows XP takes snapshots of parts known as “system state or restore point”. The file filter driver in System Restore XP watches file changes for file extensions. By default, System Restore works well on hard drives that possess 200 megabytes of free disk space available after installation. This is because the space is used for storing data which is gathered from restore points and works till the space is full. Therefore, allocation of more space for restore feature is considered better in terms of protection and performance.
The shadow copy feature well defines the Microsoft Windows Vista’s improved interface for restoring the snapshots. The feature allows recovery from greater range of changes when compared with file filter technology of Windows XP. The benefit of using Shadow Copy feature over earlier version is that block-level changes are done in files. Moreover, it is located in directory where the volume can be monitored. A shadow copy is a previous working state of file or folder at a specific point. Unlike XP, the Windows Vista can request restore points automatically or when asked. This enhances system integration with other aspects of backup and recovery.
The system restore in Windows7 is a system back-up tool. This defines that personal files or programs which are deleted or damaged before can not be recovered. This feature prevents hours of troubleshooting problems of the users. The restoring of system does not affect documents, pictures, bookmarks, emails or other data.
By default, system restore is switched “ON” when Windows 7 is installed. It is advised that users must always double-check it. Before installing programs and drivers on your PC, the user must make sure that “System Protection” feature is enabled. This creates and saves information about the files and settings on system. The system restore helps the users to see exactly which files are needed to be removed or add. The Microsoft Windows 7 add one useful feature to its list i.e. restore points that track the changes to files and folders, enabling the users to go back to previous working versions.

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Keywords: incremental backup