1.    16 Dec 2015 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Michigan USA
    Posts : 278
    Windows 10 64-bit Home

    System restore doesn't restore uninstalled software.


    Maybe I have a misunderstanding of how System Restore works. Yesterday I uninstalled a program that I'd like to now get back. The company that made the program no longer offers archive downloads for that program in particular. Today it occurred to me that I could do a System Restore to when the program was still on this laptop & all would be returned as it was.

    The first 2 times I tried was a total fail for returning the program but when I went back to a week ago it was there; kinda. Something is missing & it errors asking for the old install software that doesn't exist anymore (the program was purchased it 2008). Is this normal or is there more that I need to do?
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    16 Dec 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    N.Y.
    Posts : 3,069
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    System Restore cannot be relied upon to reinstall programs, it is not a backup and restore program. Needed to backup this software before hand, as files will be most likely missing reasons for what you were told. How did you uninstall it through Windows Program and Features or a third party uninstaller ?
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  3.    16 Dec 2015 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Michigan USA
    Posts : 278
    Windows 10 64-bit Home
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    System Restore cannot be relied upon to reinstall programs, it is not a backup and restore program. Needed to backup this software before hand, as files will be most likely missing reasons for what you were told. How did you uninstall it through Windows Program and Features or a third party uninstaller ?
    Bummer, uninstalled with Windows Program and Features. I seldom use this laptop so there has been little need to backup, although in this case, I wise I had.

    Thanks, it was worth a try. The software, being dated, had issues with Win10 anyway. Time to update.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  4.    16 Dec 2015 #4
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    N.Y.
    Posts : 3,069
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by GARoss View Post
    Bummer, uninstalled with Windows Program and Features. I seldom use this laptop so there has been little need to backup, although in this case, I wise I had.

    Thanks, it was worth a try. The software, being dated, had issues with Win10 anyway. Time to update.
    Maybe, not sure which software, but if you check the software manufacturer's site you will find out more. You live and learn. Backup,Backup always. YW
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  5.    18 Dec 2015 #5
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 38
    7, 10

    I don't think you have a misunderstanding, because on paper System Restore is the greatest thing known to man. It'll make you breakfast, get you your first cup of joe. I kid, but you get the point.

    In reality it is easily compromised, isn't well developed. When I straight up asked a Microsoft rep what was the best thing 'like System Restore' he mentioned this program called Rollback Rx. I don't know how many people on here use it but I've totally done away with WSR and instead rely on Rollback. No issues yet!

    Sadly I think for your super cool program this isn't going to end well. Lesson learned: System Restore isn't your friend.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Restore does not indicate correct drive for source of restore
I have recently had to re-install Windows 10 and had problems before so decided this time to do a clean install and then run the system image backup. This went well but when it came to the testing of the restore a problem arose. I was using the...
Backup and Restore
System Restore
Unable to find System Restore function in W10.Could someone please guide me on how to find this very valuable tool which has rescued me many times.
Backup and Restore
System Restore
Hi There I have tried to create a SR point but I get this message....33383 How do I rectify this please Regards Bob
Backup and Restore
System Restore not making restore point before updates.
So why did Microsoft change this? If I remember correctly all previous versions would create a system restore point before doing Microsoft updates. Since 10 installed all updates that come in for me are downloaded and installed without a restore...
Backup and Restore
Solved System Restore
How do I get to system restore on Windows 10?
Backup and Restore
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:14.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App



Windows 10 Forums