Restore point



Jose
07-09-2005, 11:42 PM
I made a few changes to my system last Saturday. This is what I did:
- Added a new internal drive
- Added a new external drive (for back-up) and its corresponding software
- Installed other new software (Adobe Createive Suite CS2)

Something I did screwed-up my computer! Some of the things it is now doing
are:
- It insists on bringing up the welcome screen and have me click on the user
to launch Windows. I'm the only user...
- When I click on certain files on stock-photo images it asks if I want to
open or save the image. Before it would just download it on a separate window
and allow me to right-click to save it.

I want to bring the system back to a restore point before the changes. My
concern is, since I moved files around and installed new hardware, will that
mess-up the install? What about the files I moved to the new internal drive?

I know the software I added would be erased (and that is fine). I'm more
concerend about my files...

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Jose

bumtracks
07-09-2005, 11:42 PM
The drivers and programs you installed will not be removed when you go back
to a previous restore point
but the pointers to drivers, exe's dll's etc and configurations in the
registry will not be there. Unistall software you've installed before
restoring.

\\ Same goes with your images, they'll be right where you left them but if
left on a new drive and you need a driver or program to access the new
drives, you might find the files that you know are there are worthless
without a method to access them .




"Jose" <Jose@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:5FC0B100-227D-40FA-99B8-C2806E9CDDFF@microsoft.com...
>I made a few changes to my system last Saturday. This is what I did:
> - Added a new internal drive
> - Added a new external drive (for back-up) and its corresponding software
> - Installed other new software (Adobe Createive Suite CS2)
>
> Something I did screwed-up my computer! Some of the things it is now doing
> are:
> - It insists on bringing up the welcome screen and have me click on the
> user
> to launch Windows. I'm the only user...
> - When I click on certain files on stock-photo images it asks if I want to
> open or save the image. Before it would just download it on a separate
> window
> and allow me to right-click to save it.
>
> I want to bring the system back to a restore point before the changes. My
> concern is, since I moved files around and installed new hardware, will
> that
> mess-up the install? What about the files I moved to the new internal
> drive?
>
> I know the software I added would be erased (and that is fine). I'm more
> concerend about my files...
>
> Any help would be greatly appreciated!
>
> Jose
>

Rock
07-09-2005, 11:42 PM
Jose wrote:

> I made a few changes to my system last Saturday. This is what I did:
> - Added a new internal drive
> - Added a new external drive (for back-up) and its corresponding software
> - Installed other new software (Adobe Createive Suite CS2)
>
> Something I did screwed-up my computer! Some of the things it is now doing
> are:
> - It insists on bringing up the welcome screen and have me click on the user
> to launch Windows. I'm the only user...
> - When I click on certain files on stock-photo images it asks if I want to
> open or save the image. Before it would just download it on a separate window
> and allow me to right-click to save it.
>
> I want to bring the system back to a restore point before the changes. My
> concern is, since I moved files around and installed new hardware, will that
> mess-up the install? What about the files I moved to the new internal drive?
>
> I know the software I added would be erased (and that is fine). I'm more
> concerend about my files...
>
> Any help would be greatly appreciated!
>
> Jose
>

For the logon issue you can set it to auto logon.
1. Go to Start | Run and type in: control userpasswords2 | Ok.

2. On the Users tab, clear the Users Must Enter A User Name And Password
To Use This Computer check box and then click OK.

3. In the Automatically Log On dialog box that appears, type the user
name and password for the account you want to be logged on each time you
start your computer.

You can accomplish the same thing by:

Download and install tweakui for xp and use its auto logon feature.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/powertoys.asp

Lastly you can add the Dialog box that comes up when running control
userpasswords 2 to the Control Panel with the following tweak:

Add Control User Passwords2 to the Control Panel (Line 1)
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm



--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Bert Kinney
07-09-2005, 11:42 PM
Jose wrote:
> I want to bring the system back to a restore point before
> the changes. My concern is, since I moved files around
> and installed new hardware, will that mess-up the install?

To be safe, you should have a backup of any data files you would not
want to loose.

Right click on My Computer - System Restore tab and look to see if any
of the new drives are being monitored. If the new drives are not being
monitored then there should be no problem performing a restore. You
may want to uninstall the newly installed software first, and
reinstall it after the restore.

> What about the files I moved to the new internal drive?

Was this drive being monitored by System Restore?

> I know the software I added would be erased (and that is
> fine). I'm more concerend about my files...

You could always burn them do a CD, just to be safe!

> Any help would be greatly appreciated!

--
Regards,
Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
http://dts-l.org/

Jose
07-09-2005, 11:43 PM
Bert,

I checked the System Restore tab and the new drive is being monitored...
That drive only contains data. There are no programs or OS in there. I guess
I could back it up, remove the software, and then do the system restore.

I have the sneaky suspicion that it is the back-up software that screwed it
all up! I can't imagine Adobe's Creative Suite upgrade messing up the OS.

What do u think?



"Bert Kinney" wrote:

>
> Jose wrote:
> > I want to bring the system back to a restore point before
> > the changes. My concern is, since I moved files around
> > and installed new hardware, will that mess-up the install?
>
> To be safe, you should have a backup of any data files you would not
> want to loose.
>
> Right click on My Computer - System Restore tab and look to see if any
> of the new drives are being monitored. If the new drives are not being
> monitored then there should be no problem performing a restore. You
> may want to uninstall the newly installed software first, and
> reinstall it after the restore.
>
> > What about the files I moved to the new internal drive?
>
> Was this drive being monitored by System Restore?
>
> > I know the software I added would be erased (and that is
> > fine). I'm more concerend about my files...
>
> You could always burn them do a CD, just to be safe!
>
> > Any help would be greatly appreciated!
>
> --
> Regards,
> Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
> http://dts-l.org/
>
>
>

Bert Kinney
07-09-2005, 11:43 PM
Jose wrote:
> I checked the System Restore tab and the new drive is
> being monitored... That drive only contains data. There
> are no programs or OS in there.

System Restore does not monitor data files, so there is no need to
have SR monitored this drive.

< I guess I could back it up, remove the software, and then do the
system restore.

Backing up to a separate drive is good practice, but it does not take
the place of backing up to removable media. Hard drives die!

I think the best approach is to uninstall the newly installed
application and perform the restore. Then set SR to stop monitoring
the new drive.

> I have the sneaky suspicion that it is the back-up
> software that screwed it all up! I can't imagine Adobe's
> Creative Suite upgrade messing up the OS.

< snip from the following article >
Photoshop may prompt you to reactivate in the following
circumstances:

-- You used the Back Up utility to restore either the registry (System
State) or your Documents and Settings folders. This triggers a repair
scenario, which requires a reactivation.

-- You used System Restore or other imaging or backup software to
restore Windows or the hard disk (System Restore and other imaging or
backup software may restore Photoshop but not activation data, causing
Photoshop to prompt you to reactivate).
Troubleshoot activation errors (Photoshop CS on Windows)
http://www.adobe.com/support/techdocs/330089.html

--
Regards,
Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
http://dts-l.org/

> What do u think?
>
>
>
> "Bert Kinney" wrote:
>>> I want to bring the system back to a restore point
>>> before the changes. My concern is, since I moved files
>>> around and installed new hardware, will that mess-up
>>> the install?
>>
>> To be safe, you should have a backup of any data files
>> you would not want to loose.
>>
>> Right click on My Computer - System Restore tab and look
>> to see if any of the new drives are being monitored. If
>> the new drives are not being monitored then there should
>> be no problem performing a restore. You may want to
>> uninstall the newly installed software first, and
>> reinstall it after the restore.
>>
>>> What about the files I moved to the new internal drive?
>>
>> Was this drive being monitored by System Restore?
>>
>>> I know the software I added would be erased (and that is
>>> fine). I'm more concerend about my files...
>>
>> You could always burn them do a CD, just to be safe!
>>
>>> Any help would be greatly appreciated!
>>
>> --
>> Regards,
>> Bert Kinney MS-MVP Shell/User
>> http://dts-l.org/


Restore point