Windows 10: Why is System Restore not automatically activated as default?

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  1.    22 May 2018 #11

    Images can even be used to transfer your OS and progs to a new PC..
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  2.    22 May 2018 #12

    CountMike said: View Post
    Actually, I just looked and System restore stayed on enabled for C: drive after last Insider update, maybe they changed their minds on that.
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    Not that it became any more useful
    Well, perversely whenever I had system restore enabled, it became disabled after each upgrade.

    So naturally now I turn it off in favour of using Macrium incremental backups, it is no surprise that it got turned on after upgrade - LOL.
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  3.    22 May 2018 #13

    Revo Uninstaller for instance, creates a restore point after each operation, may com handy one day if it worked of course.
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  4.    22 May 2018 #14

    I'm trying to keep up with you guys! I obviously spent too long on Windows 7 and am now waking up to the new world of Windows 10.

    I installed Macrium Free on a spare pc today and have just done my first image. I must go through the videos and notes but I just have some basic questions at this stage:

    - Do I need to image the System Reserved partition? The test pc is dual boot Win 7 / Win 10 but the actual pc will be Win 10 single boot.

    - If I want to just do a basic backup like an image of Windows I guess in Macrium I should leave the template as none, remove all retention criteria and run the purge before backup (whatever that means...).

    These are just basic questions at this stage.

    I guess the rescue media can also be used to install the backup on my existing HDD after wiping or on a new one on the same pc.

    When I last tried doing this using Windows 7 tools it was though all my fruits went to nothing and my backup disks were not even recognised. Macrium looks like a superior product.

    I am not sure if I should just do a basic backup (full system image) of the C drive first and then once a month or so. I still need to get my head around the difference between incremental vs. differential backups.
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  5.    22 May 2018 #15

    Hi, you should image all partitions Windows creates on installation (usually 4 for EFI installation).

    The frequency is up to you, but you should update your image before any major change. It's also helpful to kep a simple record of changes, so if you restore an image you can work through that list to redo changes - e.g. program installations, settings.

    Macrium R free only provides differential imaging. Restoring an image at most requires the base image + the differential image of the date you want to restore- i.e. older differential image files can be deleted.

    Note MR maintains your set of images anyway.

    Windows 7 Backup and Restore has been available on Win 10, but as you say, found by a number to be unreliable. It has been deprecated and MS recommends using 3rd party programs.
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  6.    22 May 2018 #16

    meridius said: View Post
    Can anyone also please recommend a viable solution (Microsoft or open source) after a new clean install and all the programs have been added (which is a very time consuming process...) i.e. what is the best solution for a system image that contains the operating system and all programs soon after a clean install? Many thanks for any advice.
    Excellent question. I wish more users would take the approach.
    I do monthly system image backups using Macrium Reflect at the end of each month just before the beginning of the following month. Go ahead and get started: there's plenty of good advice and recommendations in this forum. Before you know it, it'll become 2nd nature to you.
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  7.    22 May 2018 #17

    Regular weekly system backups and immediately before new build (after system and malware checks) and just after successful build update.
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  8.    22 May 2018 #18

    I am running many tests on the test pc before letting loose on the production ones.

    Now with Macrium Reflect Free I am getting an error code of 'MFT corrupt, Error code = 6, run 'chkdsk C: /r' which isn't what I expected at this stage. Perhaps I will experiment with some other products unless Macrium users can tell me what this is all about.
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       22 May 2018 #19

    meridius said: View Post
    I am running many tests on the test pc before letting loose on the production ones.

    Now with Macrium Reflect Free I am getting an error code of 'MFT corrupt, Error code = 6, run 'chkdsk C: /r' which isn't what I expected at this stage. Perhaps I will experiment with some other products unless Macrium users can tell me what this is all about.
    @meridius

    I think you will find your answer here. Appears you may have a cluster in use by a file is not marked as 'in use' by the file system bitmap. Best you do the chkdsk C: /r

    This is from the Macrium Forum. Identical to your issue:

    MFT corrupt - Error code = 6. Please run 'chkdsk /r'
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  10.    22 May 2018 #20

    I saw that post before and it didn't really help.

    I have just installed Aomei Backupper Standard and have done a system backup and will see how that turns out.

    At least I have a test pc to do this in and test different products as this is something I had been lacking for some time.
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