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  1.    22 Jan 2016 #1

    Restore Point


    Question; My computer had to be reformatted because of a lock out by a hacker, can I use a restore point that I made before the hack, to restore my files? The restore points and system image are on my back up drive , I restored a couple of files from it. and the folders are there but I do not want to screw things up, as I don't know what I am doing.

    thanks
    Last edited by sgtjoe; 22 Jan 2016 at 20:05. Reason: explain where the restore points are
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  2. Posts : 13,974
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       22 Jan 2016 #2

    sgtjoe said: View Post
    Question; My computer had to be reformatted because of a lock out by a hacker, can I use a restore point that I made before the hack, to restore my files?

    thanks
    Hi Joe, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    If the system disk has been formatted, all your possible restore points are gone to Cyber Heaven without an option to resurrect, there is no way to get them back to life. In ideal circumstances a formatted hard disk can be restored with special software but restoring a functional Windows (and your restore points) after formatting, then using System Restore to restore one of the earlier restore points is never going to work. Sorry.

    Instead of formatting you should have boot the PC with Windows install media (Option Five in this tutorial) and use the Troubleshoot options (Option One in this tutorial) to restore Windows.

    Sorry about the bad news. Don't shoot the messenger

    Kari
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  3.    23 Jan 2016 #3

    Kari said: View Post
    Hi Joe, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    If the system disk has been formatted, all your possible restore points are gone to Cyber Heaven without an option to resurrect, there is no way to get them back to life. In ideal circumstances a formatted hard disk can be restored with special software but restoring a functional Windows (and your restore points) after formatting, then using System Restore to restore one of the earlier restore points is never going to work. Sorry.

    Instead of formatting you should have boot the PC with Windows install media (Option Five in this tutorial) and use the Troubleshoot options (Option One in this tutorial) to restore Windows.

    Sorry about the bad news. Don't shoot the messenger

    Kari
    OP does say he has a system image as well.
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       23 Jan 2016 #4

    I missed the part of a system image, my apologies.

    Restoring a system image is of course a viable option to get the PC restored to a point before the issue.
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  5.    23 Jan 2016 #5

    Thanks' Kari, I will give it a try.
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  6.    15 Feb 2016 #6

    I am kind of frozen in time right now, in reaserching my options I looked at my hard drive and see that it has 4 partitions, I am used to seeing 2, the partitions are labled (Active recovery Partition 1.4 GB), (Recovery Partition 492 MB), (Primary Partition 10.41 GB) and (T1105322W0F (C:) 453.1GB NTFS Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition). What are the extra two for, does it have anyting to do with what I am trying to do?


    Thanks for your patients,

    sgtjoe
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  7.    15 Feb 2016 #7

    System restore does not touch your files. That leaves the image which should include your files if it is a vanilla image.
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  •    16 Feb 2016 #8

    sgtjoe said: View Post
    can I use a restore point that I made before the hack, to restore my files?
    System Restore doesn't protect your own personal data, if that's what you're trying to recover.
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  •    16 Feb 2016 #9

    system restore


    I didn't have a problem restoring my personal folders it is the system I am trying to restore.

    sgtjoe
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  •    16 Feb 2016 #10

    Hi, slightly puzzled why you aren't simply restoring your PC completely from your system image:
    How to restore your computer from Windows 10 image backup file

    • Connect the hard-drive with the system image backup to computer. Then reboot the computer with the Windows installation media (bootable DVD or bootable USB flash drive)
    • During the Windows Setup, click Next, then click Repair your computer link in the bottom-left corner of screen
    • Click on Troubleshoot > Advanced options, and select System Image Recovery
    • Finally, select Windows 10 from the list of operating systems that you want to recover, click Next and hit Finish

    from
    How to create Windows 10 system image backup and restore it
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