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Well, those of you that know me, are well aware of the fact that I'm no computer whiz. Heck, I barely scrape by. So on those common occasions where I have a computer mishap. (ie: it's not doing what I want it to, or I somehow broke it) I have a route of attack I take.

Step 1: Yell and scream expletives at said computer
Step 2: Restart. Well because why not really, ya never know what that might fix? I'm a firm believer in "it might fix itself" (fyi: usually... not so much, but I'm not giving up hope yet)
Step 3: More expletives (this step is quite therapeutic)
Step 4: SYSTEM RESTORE

Let's take a look at step 4 for a minute here. Being the computer savvy girl I am :rollinglaugh: I really have no clue what "system Restore" actually consists of. I just know, it pushes my computer back to a day in the past when it was working like I wanted it to. It's like my own little time machine! (A.D.D. moment warning - Man could I use one of these bad boys in real life)
I always pray that System Restore brings back my working computer, while at the same time keeps all the stuff I want. And yes, I expect my computer to read my mind and know what I want it to keep. I mean, geez... these things ARE supposed to make life simple, right?
Anyways... Have you ever wondered exactly what System Restore keeps, and what it dumps to miraculously make your partner in stalking crime purr again? This article states that "The quick, simple explanation is that System Restore backs up and restores the Registry, important Windows files, and the programs you've installed into Windows. It has no effect whatsoever on documents, photos, and so forth." Then it goes on to tell you that the statement is not quite true. Luckily it ALSO proceeds to explain what exactly System Restore does & does not backup. Let's you know what is safe and what is not. You wouldn't want that 82 page thesis you've been working on to be "restored" back to 3 weeks ago, would you? No? Didn't think so. Give it a read. It explains it all much better than I ever could.

As for the rest of my computer fixing steps they are as follows:
Step 5: Crack open bottle of wine
Step 6: Call computer nerd friend, explain that your computer has broken, and you've touched nothing (always deny touching anything, it undoubtedly will be used against you and you will be blamed for breaking it) tears usually help in this step if said nerd friend is of opposite sex. (hysterical tears are an absolute necessity if this phone call is made after midnight, regardless of who you are calling)
Good luck and Godspeed.

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Re: System Restore-- What it "restores"
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Step 6: Call computer nerd friend, explain that your computer has broken, and you've touched nothing (always deny touching anything, it undoubtedly will be used against you and you will be blamed for breaking it) tears usually help in this step if said nerd friend is of opposite sex. (hysterical tears are an absolute necessity if this phone call is made after midnight, regardless of who you are calling)
Good luck and Godspeed.

And if its really bad beg and plead for him to build you a new PC *lots of praise on how he is the pc master* more tears......

Also I'm a firm believer in external hard drives to back your data up. I back up everything (and then some). I hate to say how many externals I have but lets say I could be on Oprah's hoarding show. I have my externals broken up to categories, one for: programs, music, games, photos/docs and one for ummmmm other stuff ;-)
Now days you can get externals at some great prices. I have a few different brands (Seagate, Western Digital, Fatom G & acomada) and I will say I do like the seagate(s) the best, I have two of them (a 500gb and a 1tb)

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Re: System Restore-- What it "restores"

I'm with you SM, external hard drives are the way to go.

I haven't used system restore since my computer-savvy boyfriend moved in. He firmly believes it does more harm than good. *shrug*

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Re: System Restore-- What it "restores"
Yeah, I love system restore. A good thing to know if that (for Windows Vista, HP) every time your computer installs Windows Updates, it creates a system restore point. I like to use Flash DrivesFlash Drives to back up the really important documents.
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Re: System Restore-- What it "restores"

I have a story that may help.
So one day, my computer was running low on disc space. And so i decided. "lets remove any and all text files on the entire computer" and i did so, not realizing that some of those text files were .ntldr files. and any comp savvy knows those are system files. well the comp was basically gone, i spent a couple days yelling explicets at my computer and calling microsoft and they told me "buy another copy of windows and install it" yea they wer alot of effin help! so i thought, "if thats all it takes, then ill just use my cousins" so i did, i installed hers, and since mocrosofts lovely copywright policy i had a new problem, having the same copy of winodws on more than one comp, so i did a system restore, well it rolled back and removed my cousins version of winodws and rolled back to mine, yet it kept the .ntldr files. so it was all good. after i did this, i emailed the guy that i was wrkin with from my cousins comp, and told him i fized the problem with the ntldr files. he asked me how, and i was like "nope, you people just told me to buy another," what amazes me, is this. A. I either beat a corporation, or B. they just wanted me to buy something from them.

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Re: System Restore-- What it "restores"

See that is a great story. You should have told them hey hire me (and pay me what I'm worth) and I'll tell you if not you're getting paid you figure it out. Tongue

Re: System Restore-- What it "restores"

I use option 7

show your computer guy husband a mini preview of why it would be in his best umm "interest" if he fixes your computer.

he he he

yep, usually works

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Re: System Restore-- What it "restores"
smartmom wrote:

See that is a great story. You should have told them hey hire me (and pay me what I'm worth) and I'll tell you if not you're getting paid you figure it out. Tongue

ya know i was thinking about that, but by then i already rubbed it in their face the fact that i beat them

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