Question for the Computer Experts on HP

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  1. Michael Willis profile image69
    Michael Willisposted 11 years ago

    Topic: System Restore

    After several years of always having System Restore enabled on my computer, I have had it turned off now for 2 months. Before that time, it seems I was always having issues with any update from Microsoft, Virus protections updates, internet connection updates, adding any new software, etc.
    The longest the past year I went without having to do a system restore was 2 weeks.

    AM I just "lucky" I have gone this long without a problem with SR turned off or is System Restore a bad thing to have enabled?  (Oh, I am on dial-up if that makes a difference.)

    1. livewithrichard profile image79
      livewithrichardposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      System Restore is something you should always have enabled. You never know when that next update is going to completely screw up your configuration. I seriously doubt that it was the system restore that was causing your problems.  Downloading software, even trials and installing updates or drivers will not always be compatible with your configuration so you have to have a way to undo the mess that it creates.  If I were you, I would leave it on. And your internet connection speed shouldn't be a consideration unless its updates from your service provider that you are installing.

      1. Michael Willis profile image69
        Michael Willisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I do not accept updates from internet provider. It is AOL dial-up. It is the only source I have for internet and having Vista...AOL will automatically try to upgrade it to a different version than the AOL Vista ready. Then it will crash. Then I have to delete AOL and that is a long time chore and reload it with AOL-VR cd.

        1. livewithrichard profile image79
          livewithrichardposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          I think you've identified your problem. If you could afford it and are in an area to receive it, I would suggest trying the wireless broadband offered by some of the cellular services, like Verizon or AT&T.  If that's not an option then try the dial up service from NetZero I still have AOL as one of my browsers and I can't stand how much it crashes and I'm on DSL. It's just that I've had the email address for over 7 years and it would be hard to redo it all, that or I'm too lazy.

          1. Michael Willis profile image69
            Michael Willisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

            Hughesnet is available...but I have a friend who tried it and it cost $125 monthly after the cost of equipment and his speed was barely faster than dial-up. he ended up dropping it.
            Hughesnet the small print..we do not guarantee the speeds you will receive.
            There are no other options here...I have tried everyone. There is no cable where I am at even anymore. They took their lines down last spring.

            1. livewithrichard profile image79
              livewithrichardposted 11 years agoin reply to this

              Yea, I wouldn't go with the SAT I've heard bad things too and it's not worth the money. Look into the NetZero as an option they claim their newest release is Vista compatible.

              1. Michael Willis profile image69
                Michael Willisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

                Thanks I will try. Maybe they have added my area. I have tried them before. I always get "Your area is an AT&T area." lol, but AT&T always says not at this time but we will refer you to Hughesnet.  They are partners in this area.

                1. Michael Willis profile image69
                  Michael Willisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

                  darn...netzero not available in your area!

    2. profile image0
      mtsi1098posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Not only would I turn on the restore but also turn Automatic Windows updates off and its services...We do pc diagnostic/maintenance/performance work and I cannot tell you how many time a Microsoft update has altered a configuration and setting...One of the things we try first is to clean the system of clutter, check browser settings and attempt a restore to the last good configuration...

  2. pooja0908 profile image60
    pooja0908posted 11 years ago

    System Restore helps you to get your system as it was on any particular date. If you lose your data at present date you can make back your system as it was two or three days before. This is the benefit. It helps you in accidental cases.

  3. wyanjen profile image76
    wyanjenposted 11 years ago

    I can't give you any advice because I don't know anything about PCs.

    I feel bad that you are internet-stranded though.
    I looked into Hughesnet a while ago when I had DirectTV, but I stuck with cable.

    Anyway, just popped in to say sorry for your luck. That stinks!

  4. sunforged profile image69
    sunforgedposted 11 years ago

    agree system restore should be on - automatic updates should be off

  5. chinweike profile image64
    chinweikeposted 11 years ago

    I only turn off my system restore feature when i want to deal with virus on my computer. Otherwise, i leave it enabled.


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