Posts Tagged ‘System Restore’

Windows Users Report Windows 10 Upgrades are Forced on their Systems

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Why would Microsoft disrespect its customer’s wishes like this? Simple, because they have no competition and there’s nothing their customers can do about it.

Reports are coming in that Windows 10 upgrades seem to be enforced on some systems without users explicitly giving permissions beforehand to download and install the upgrade to Microsoft’s newest operating system. Two new types of Windows 10 upgrade messages appeared lately on systems running previous versions of Windows. The first displayed a a timer counting down from 60 minutes giving users options to start the upgrade process or reschedule it (but not disable it).

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Windows 10 Update KB3081424 Causing Issues for some Users

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

If your PC has been acting strange since the last Windows 10 update, this will probably help to explain why …

Microsoft pushed out the Windows 10 update KB3081424 last week. It is a cumulative update for Windows 10 that contains fixes released previously and new fixes. The Microsoft Knowledge Base article does not reveal the features that got patched, only the files that change when the update is installed on Windows 10 machines. While the update did install fine on most machines, a small number of users ran into reboot issue during installation.

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Windows 8 Freezes? Here’s a Fix

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Well, this certainly isn’t very encouraging …

When I started to work on my Windows 8 PC today I noticed a strange behavior after updating some apps in the store. The system would freeze occasionally, so that some controls simply were not functioning anymore. I first though this was a desktop freeze, as standard desktop controls like the clicking on buttons, closing of windows or scrolling in the task manager did not work anymore, but it quickly turned out to be more complicated than this. While I was able to switch between the desktop and the start screen of Windows 8, I could not launch start screen applications either.

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Manage System Restore from the Command Line

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Here’s a neat trick that seems like it could come in very handy …

System Restore is a handy backup feature that Microsoft has integrated into newer versions of the Windows operating system. The feature basically creates copies of files before system changes happen and on user command. This happens for instance when you install a new driver or update Windows. The default size depends on the size of the hard drive but is usually well in the Gigabyte range.

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Restore Previous Versions of Windows Files

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Interesting; I’ve definitely noticed the “Restore Previous Versions” option before, but I’ve never actually played with it …

When you right-click a file in Windows Explorer you get a context menu with all kind of options. Included in the list is the Restore Previous Versions entry. A click on the entry opens a dialog that is first displaying a “searching for previous versions” notification before returning all saved previous versions of the file or the dreaded “there are no previous versions available” message if no previous versions have been located.

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System Restore Manager – Manage Windows System Restore Points and Settings

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

This sounds pretty handy; Windows standard system restore feature leaves a little bit to be desired …

System Restore is a built-in feature in the Windows operating system that users can utilize to rollback recent changes. System restore points are for instance created before Windows updates are installed to give the user an option to rollback in case the update caused incompatibilities or other issues.

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ShadowExplorer Updated – Restore Files in Windows

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I haven’t tried this myself, but it sounds like it could come in handy …

Windows Vista and Windows 7 create so called shadow copies automatically from time to time. A shadow copy of a file is basically a backup of that file. That’s helpful when a file needs to be restored to a previous version, for instance after a failed update or software installation. All Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can make use of the Shadow Copy feature natively with the exception of Windows Vista Home users.

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System Restore doesn’t work in WinXP

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

I’ve never had this problem with Windows XP myself, but the article does seem to provide a sensible work-around …

Arthur Whitemore says System Restore will create a restore point on his PC running Windows XP, but it will only keep the latest restore point.

System Restore used to work OK, but now it only creates a restore point for the current day. A new one is created the next day, but the previous day’s restore point is gone. My C drive has 12.3GB of free space and system restore is set at 12% of disk space.
Arthur Whitemore

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