Deleting system restore points? I'm willing to bet this is a result of people f-ing with system settings to reduce the space taken up by those restore points in the first place. Didn't Vista, by default, consume massive amounts of diskspace for restores points, and didn't Tom's post an article about working around that and all the other Vista stupidity they fixed in Win 7?
Not saying this isn't a problem, I'm just hoping its not a generic bug that affects everybody. And yes, I read that it supposedly happens on clean-installs, but I don't trust what anyone says. "Why yes, this is a clean install from the bootstrapped CD I created with a bunch of OS tweaks."
My problem seems to be with the "Critical Update" being installed at Shut Down, and then when I reboot the computer it freezes after about 60 seconds. I use System Restore to go back to the way things were before the critical update and it fixes the problem, but then it tells me again "OMG You need this critical update!"
So far the only thing good about Win 7 is during installation you can use RAID drivers from a flash drive. Everything else appears to be aesthetic. It's not worth the price so far.
For years, every time I tried to use a restore point the system would try to go back but would always report a 'Failure to restore to previous settings'. Now I have 3 physical HDD's in use. One for System, one for my files and applications installs, and a final drive for my downloads.
If my systems gets buggy I just copy my current browser settings along with Outlook and reinstall. OK, it takes 6-8 hours to get it all back and updated but there is something very calming about a clean install.
system restore is unbelievably useful. Even in a full non-boot situation you can just go to system volume information and grab an intact copy of your registry. I've had it save my butt about half a dozen times since the XP days and never once was the problem virus related.
[citation][nom]Simonetti[/nom]You mean that people who wrote the OS that needs a patch every Tuesday?Or the OS that isn't stable until SP2 at least?[/citation]I believe you'll find Windows 7 sp0 is stable.
[citation]Or maybe you mean the people who wrote the OS that could be easily affected by virii like Conficker?[/citation]
Sorry but if you used that "patch tuesday" you were just griping about then you wouldn't be vulnerable.
[citation]A clean install of Windows is an OS waiting, asking to be tweaked and YES, IMPROVED![/citation]
..and yet you think that removing a feature that costs essentially nothing in terms of performance but drastically reduces supportability would be an improvement?
Sorry but the Windows developers really do know more than you. Really.
I disable system restore as soon as I complete any fresh installation. I hate it. In the unlikely event of the OS getting screwed I'll just do a fresh install. No point in dragging a wounded horse, you have to shoot it, this is the same.
If the system reboots properly and the restore point is shredded... what makes you think that the restore point is worth keeping!!! The point is to be able to undo the last change you made to get the system running again. Guess what, if you reboot normally the system is running fine and keeping the restore point is therefore useless! If your system crashes after rebooting and deleting the restore point, you f*ed up something ELSE and the restore point isn't what you need to use to fix it. Try safe mode for crying out loud.