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#1 Crissy921

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 08:29 AM

Hello.

I have been finding a LOT of things on my computer that are seemingly not right. But I am trying to get it worked out and wanted to back-up before I go deleting spysherriff, virtumonde, etc. Actually, I'll need help with all that. I'm scared to do it on my own. So, following your directions to back-up and restore, i came to the "which discs do you want to include in the back-up" screen and am faced with C (System) drive and D (Recovery). I remember someone walking me through a system restore at one point, about two weeks ago, but when the screen is telling me I have TWO discs in my computer, what does that mean? And i went on through the back-up wizard thingy a few more pages, and I got to "how often do you want to create a back-up" and its telling me "since this is your first back-up Windows will create a new back-up now." What's the difference between system restore and backing up? I'm running an HP G60-235DX with Vista, currently attached to the modem instead of the router because there are more problems with ATT. (Apparently I really haven't had an internet account with them for the past six years.) :huh: I'm sorry I didn't have time to read 9 pages of instructions. If I need to add more info, pls let me know briefly what you need. Thanks for any help.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 08:37 AM

Sorry for my lack of knowledge here. I'm really trying.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:50 PM

System restore is fantastic in correcting problems back to where they were before problems started.
Basic system restore information:


http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-vista-system-restore-guide/

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 10:38 PM

System restore is fantastic in correcting problems back to where they were before problems started.
Basic system restore information:


http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-vista-system-restore-guide/

Excellent info! :huh:

Cheryl, System Restore simply saves a snapshot of certain pieces of your operating system (it doesn't touch your personal documents, pictures, music, etc.), and if you have problems, it allows you to quickly restore back to a time when things were working correctly.

Backup and Restore is a little more advanced. In Vista Home Basic and Home Premium, you are allowed to backup data only, not the entire operating system. But if you have Vista Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise, there is a more advanced backup and restore utility called Windows Complete PC Backup and Restore.

Quoted from: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-use-vista-complete-pc-backup/

This program allows you to create an entire backup of your computer that can be used to restore your computer in the case of system-wide failure. Unlike the standard backup and restore feature that comes with all the versions of Windows Vista, Windows Complete PC Backup and Restore allows you to not only restore your data but also the complete operating system and other critical system files.


Restoring from a "Complete PC Backup" takes longer, but restores your entire computer (including personal files) back to its state at the time the backup was created.

Now, after that speech, I am pleased to inform you that you only need to backup your C (System) drive. :huh: Backing up the Recovery drive is somewhat redundant.

Do you have any other questions or concerns? Feel free to ask. :huh:
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