Q&A Which method is the best way to restore a system?

blackice

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Apr 1, 2019
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In my experience, Mcarium was the fastest imaging software but I do not use it for it is expensive ( I do not want to use the free version) and it wipes WUH.
What is your issue with the free version? Just curious. I used the free version until last week and I figured it was worth paying the devs for the product I used so much and liked. Not to mention getting the ability to restore to dissimilar hardware. Very useful.
 

Divine_Barakah

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May 10, 2019
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What is your issue with the free version? Just curious. I used the free version until last week and I figured it was worth paying the devs for the product I used so much and liked. Not to mention getting the ability to restore to dissimilar hardware. Very useful.
The free version does not allow you to encrypt the backups. I really need that feature. I am using O&O DiskImage 14 and I am happy with it but I will upgrade to the 15 version as I received an excellent offer.
 

Chri.Mi

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Apr 30, 2020
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I made 2 local disk (1 operating system and 1 with backup) and i have installed macrium free. Full backup on sunday, differentials others days. If i have to rollback just have to restore it. If system is compromised, due to wim modification i can log in macrium enviroment and restore from there. If this way is not accessible i just format the pc (dont touch the backup partition), install windows and macrium, and restore from backup partition. I think i am enough safe with this strategy. It can stay up 20 min for restore, but for me is not a problem, specially is rly rare i have to rollback.
 

show-Zi

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Jan 28, 2018
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I think it depends on the cause of restoring. We agree that recovery from a backup is best for infections that can be traced or timed.
If your Windows system is failing and you don't know why, the recovery partition can be your last resort. I experienced this when the update was no longer applied. The system image recovery returned to the previous state, but the error did not improve. This was the first time I used a recovery partition. It's not as cumbersome as a clean install, but it's a sure thing.
 

TRS-80

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Aug 16, 2019
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I tend to agree with @show-Zi and, @scorpionv

All contributors have made valid points.

I see this topic as, a little like “horses for courses.” In @show-Zi 's words: 'it depends on the cause of restoring.'

One reason for hesitation, regarding recovery partitions is; they too can be corrupted.

My personal routine is, regular disc images and, backups. Acronis is my current tool(old version - too slow.) I do overwrite my aged copies of most images, mainly due to redundancy. All are stored, securely, on several external drives.

I never leave a backup drive connected to a computer longer than the backup takes to complete.

I keep an “emergency” set of basic recovery discs(and/or USB stick) as an option. These do include necessary drivers, but not necessarily the latest. I prefer Windows PE media.

It's been quite a while since I have re-imaged my own machines. Mainly due to being time poor. Plus, no major issues.

However, I have re-imaged(or reinstalled Windows😴) on numerous P.C.s, whilst working. Most of those cases involved serious breaches or malware(often both,) frequently compounded by panicked actions performed by the system owner.

I prefer to start with with the most simple option available. This is generally a native Windows function. The “KISS” principle doesn't always work but, it's served me well, over a long period of time. We have to start somewhere. To a great degree, this is dictated by the damage in need of repair.

After reviewing @Nautilus & @dinosaur07 words regarding the speed of Rollback Rx, it may well make an appearance in my kit. I'll be checking it out. Thank you!

Stay safe, well & happy!

:unsure:
 

show-Zi

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System restore worked great for me in windows 7, but since Windows 10 it has not worked for me ever! I have External and cloud backup, works
I feel about the restoration point as a kind of perishable food. The result depends on the freshness; a restore point within 24 hours may be useful, but selecting a point that has passed the time, often disrupts the time consistency of the OS and software.⌚
 

dinosaur07

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Aug 5, 2012
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Do you have to exit Rollback to update Windows?
No. Look here:

They say:
The software now has full compatibility with all Windows Updates. Previous versions did have compatibility issues with Creators Updates.

 
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RXZ6Q

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Mar 30, 2016
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Very often, before installing an app, I make a restore point. So, if I don't like the app and the uninstall goes bad, I just restore my system. But before installing something big, like a security app, I make an image and as blackice said, I just reimage to my backup if for any reason, I dislike the app. If I do that kind of reimaging many days later, it's important to make sure my data, like My Documents, My pictures , can be restored to the latest version. I use Syncback Free to sync my data.
Same for me. Very regular restore points (automatic + manual regulary + before installing). + I once in a while (or if there is something big, as you said :D) I prefer to make bit image using integrated Windows feature and then I can restore it in case if something goes wrong. About 2 weeks back that was the cause. My graphic card driver glitched, restore point didn't work and the system was ed up properly. I decided that instead of reinstalling that driver, I am going to restore that bit copy. Worked without any problem. Except that I had to reinstall Warhammer 2: Vermintide. IDK why, every other game is working without any problem, so I guess that was yet another glitch/bug.
 

Viking

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For anyone using Rollback RX , have you had any issues with Windows updates? Thanks.
UNCHECK "turn off automatic windows update" in Rollback RX Pro and you should be good to go.
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sepik

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Aug 21, 2018
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I used rollback rx years ago. Quite liked it, especially for testing softwares and fast restore. What i did not like back in time, not sure tho, it use your PBA(pre-boot authentication) to load its restore menu. And it redirect I/O aka HDD queries which slow down your HDD. And its not recommended to use any defrag softwares when using rollback rx. I don't know how it performs nowadays, because last time i've used it was years ago.
 

Freki123

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Aug 10, 2013
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Was the question meant as in the fastest or in the most reliable way?
Fastest: Probably Rollback RX (After 2 fubar problems I quit using it years ago). Could totaly be usererror but I couldn't get windows back again :D
Reliable: Macrium Reflect (for me). If you buy it it's also really fast with restores, a least in my view.
 

scorpionv

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Apr 20, 2020
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Was the question meant as in the fastest or in the most reliable way?
Fastest: Probably Rollback RX (After 2 fubar problems I quit using it years ago). Could totaly be usererror but I couldn't get windows back again :D
Reliable: Macrium Reflect (for me). If you buy it it's also really fast with restores, a least in my view.

LOL, that's usually my criterium as well. Software has to be scorpionv proof. If it needs to much of my time, either I'm doing something wrong or it is too complex.
 

Chri.Mi

Level 7
Apr 30, 2020
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Was the question meant as in the fastest or in the most reliable way?
Fastest: Probably Rollback RX (After 2 fubar problems I quit using it years ago). Could totaly be usererror but I couldn't get windows back again :D
Reliable: Macrium Reflect (for me). If you buy it it's also really fast with restores, a least in my view.
I dont think fast should be take in consideration, in recovery thing, specially if can end with errors.
 
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