Rationale for Deleting Restore Points after Windows Update

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  1. Posts : 1,250
    Windows 10 Pro
       #11

    RolandJS said:
    dalchina - would the known good configuration found within the windows 7's F8 menu be updated by a current SRP, or, where does that known good configuration come from?
    Last Known Good Configuration was very limited. It includes only a portion of the registry and is itself stored in the registry. It includes no files. But the biggest limitation is that the most recent configuration where bootup was successful and you were able to login becomes the Last Known Good Configuration. If you booted and logged in but the system was unstable it could not help you. You were already using the Last Known Good Configuration. And there was only one. That means it was really only useful if you were unable to boot.

    System Restore is more flexible but it was not introduced in the NT platform until XP. In older systems it gave you chance of restoring operation without time consuming diagnostic or recovery procedures.

    Windows 10 has something similar but I have never used it.
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  2. Posts : 7
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    Thread Starter
       #12

    Excellent feedback. I will look into the roll back to previous build solution. Many thanks.

    I gather that restore points are intended for restores from applications that go awry during install,
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  3. Posts : 35,606
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #13

    These may be of interest:
    Go Back to the Previous Version of Windows in Windows 10
    Set Number of Days can Go Back to Previous Version of Windows

    System restore - restoring is, alas, notoriously unreliable, and is usually disabled by MS by default after an upgrade. It is meant to allow you to revert many changes you might make- e.g. if disabling startups or context menu entries when tracking down a problem, reverting the installation of a program, registry hacks, drivers - anything that it protects.

    3rd party uninstallers such as Revo or Geek uninstaller deal quite competently with programs, but need the system to boot, whereas System Restore can be invoked when Windows is not booted.

    Most have given up on it given the repeated failure- it's great when it works.

    Many have observed that the creation of SR points seems somewhat erratic. That can be scheduled or done manually. Tutorial available.
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