Yes, you can do this. Will it work - I dunno, but expect that it won't (because of the bugs that you're concerned about in System Restore). Besides, System Restore doesn't save everything on your system - there's an .xml file in the System Restore directory that specifies what it will save. Here's an excellent link on System Restore: http://bertk.mvps.org/
I'd suggest that a more reasonable way to do this would be to make a "clone" or "image" of your hard drive and store it. To do this, your hard drive manufacturer will usually have free tools for this purpose.
I prefer Acronis True Image for this task (about $50 US) - it will make an image of your hard drive exactly as it sits - and you can restore it in less than 20 minutes. Some drawbacks are the size of the image (it's huge), and that it will bring you back to the day that you made the image (so all your data done in the meantime will be gone).
You can overcome the first drawback with a pile of DVD's or an external drive. You can overcome the second drawback by using good backup software to save your data - or you can point all of your data storage to another drive (that way when you restore, it'll restore the pointers to the other drive which has the current data).
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