If you are relying on windows system restore read on to find out why you shouldn’t. System restore is a very limited functionality and usefulness. Yes Windows Restore can get you out of a pinch if your computer won’t boot properly. Or perhaps your pc starts acting oddly after that new antivirus program you installed. What windows restore will do:
- Backs up your registry
- driver state, it can take you back to a previous hardware driver
What system restore won’t do:
- back up your data
- does not remove software, just removes the registry
- does not remove viruses
That’s mostly it. System Restore is not a data back up. Don’t rely on this as a system back up. You need a software package that can make an image of your system on a regular basis to do real back ups. I use snapshot.de to make a regular back. Most importantly have a data drive. A separate partition or hard drive that is strictly used for your data.