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Why does installing RollBack Rx disable Windows system restore?
Posted by James Suen on 25 Sep 2013

System Restore is a a Windows OS feature that you can use to restore the computer to a previous state. It creates backups of selected system and program files and can maintain multiple restore points. This gives you the choice of restoring your computer to any number of previously saved states.

RollBack Rx is fully compatible with Windows System Restore. However, Windows System Restore only protects Windows systems file and the Windows registry. RollBack Rx protects EVERYTHING on the hard drive, including system files, data files, registry, programs and settings.

There are 3 major reasons why installing RollBack Rx disables Windows System Restore by default:

  1. RollBack Rx can do whatever Windows System Restore does and more; there is no need for Windows System Restore after installing RollBack Rx.
  2. You could possibly use Windows System Restore to restore a PC to a point BEFORE installing RollBack Rx. This, however, only removes registry portion of RollBack Rx, leaving the rest of components still on the system. This is an undesirable situation.
  3. If Windows System Restore and Rollback Rx are both on schedules, you will be backing up multiple System Restore points on multiple Rollback snapshots. Again this is less than optimal.

It is, therefore, better to have Windows System Restore OFF rather than ON when implementing Rollback Rx. If you wish, you may still re-enable Windows System Restore at any time after RollBack Rx has been installed.

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