Suggestion for a restore manager?

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  1. Posts : 222
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Suggestion for a restore manager?


    I'm looking for a reliable restore manager for current versions of Windows 10. Suggestions welcome! Thank you.

    My specs:
    Edition Windows 10 Pro, Version 21H2
    OS build 19044.2846
    Motherboard Gigabyte Z370 with i7-8700k, nVidia PNY GTX 1070-ti
    32GB RAM and almost 1 TB of free space in an NVMe system drive
    Startup programs: PIA VPN, Snag-it (Screen cap), Plex Media Server, Steam, Brother printer driver, Microsoft OneDrive
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  2. Posts : 43,279
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Hi, your question is not so clear... restore from what sort of circumstance?

    3rd party disk imaging- endlessly recommended...
    Macrium Reflect, Aomei Backupper....

    Perhaps you mean management of System Restore points?
    Download ShadowExplorer

    Or maybe you're thinking of the various reset options
    Reset Windows 10

    Or...?
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  3. Posts : 222
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    dalchina said:
    Hi, your question is not so clear... restore from what sort of circumstance?

    3rd party disk imaging- endlessly recommended...
    Macrium Reflect, Aomei Backupper....

    Perhaps you mean management of System Restore points?
    Download ShadowExplorer

    Or maybe you're thinking of the various reset options
    Reset Windows 10

    Or...?
    Apologies. I meant a program that will allow me to manage Windows system restore points. I will download and try ShadowExplorer. I assume that is different from what I already use which is similarly called Shadow Defender (Shadow Defender - the easiest PC/laptop security and privacy protection tool . Shadow Defender made anti-virus programs obsolete for me).

    - - - Updated - - -

    I downloaded and installed the portable version of Shadow Explorer. It doesn't look like a program that manages system control points. What am I missing?

    Below is a comparison of Shadow Explorer and WIndow's default "System Restore" points app.

    Suggestion for a restore manager?-shadow-explorer.jpg
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  4. Posts : 43,279
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #4

    Two more here (free):
    Manage Restore Points & Shadow Copies in Windows – DinoTechno
    Z-VSScopy, NirSoft ShadowCopyView
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  5. Posts : 222
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    dalchina said:
    Two more here (free):
    Manage Restore Points & Shadow Copies in Windows – DinoTechno
    Z-VSScopy, NirSoft ShadowCopyView
    I downloaded and reviewed some. Can't really get my head around it. Even the name sounds confusing? Looks like backup software which I already have (I use Macrium). I'm looking for something simpler. Thank you though.
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  6. Posts : 43,279
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #6

    Please define what it is you are trying to do. Normally there is no need to inspect the content of System Restore points. If you were doing so you would have to have a good technical reason. Don't expect simplicity for something you're not meant to be worrying about.

    I simply have one created on a schedule, daily, (Tutorial available). I very rarely need to use one.

    As you know, SR is a good complement to routine use of disk imaging (with a series of differential and/or incremental images to give several images of different dates).

    With image files kept offline, add to that specific data backup of any faster-changing key data, and you should be relatively safe.
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  7. Posts : 2,190
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #7

    Image regularly (e.g. Macrium Reflect, AOMEI BackUpper) and forget about restore points (they've rarely worked for me, anyway. Waste of time IMHO).
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  8. Posts : 43,279
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #8

    I find SR works. I know some don't- SR (restoration) didn't work for me for some months once.

    My view is- if SR works, great- no effect on user data (certain script files e.g. excepted). Whereas restoring an image also reverts user data on partiitons restored.
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  9. Posts : 7,933
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #9

    CCleaner can be used to manage restore points
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  10. Posts : 43,279
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #10

    System Restore Explorer was the one I was trying to think of..
    All Information About System Restore Explorer [Updated 2023] - EaseUS

    Download System Restore Explorer - MajorGeeks

    - but there should be no need to intervene normally..

    (Does what Ccleaner does - i.e. view all, option to delete, but also allows you to view and copy content of the restore point)
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