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Old 09-26-2006, 06:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what is the extension used by system restore.. (the extension for restore points created by system restore.)


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Old 09-29-2006, 06:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i spent a couple days searchin for the answer to this question with no conclusion, i finally ended up emailing microsoft and here how they replied......

Note that system restore files are stored with the file extension exe. Restore Points are "snapshots" of your system containing files and settings, created at regular interval. Restore points are stored in the hidden System Volume Information folder on your drive. However, these folders will be inaccessible in Explorer, even if you have configured Explorer to show hidden files.

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Gathered from different articles.

What's Restored and What's Not


Profiles (local only—roaming user profiles not impacted by restore)
WFP.dll cache
IIS Metabase
Files with extensions listed in the <include> portion of the Monitored File Extensions list in the System Restore section of the Platform SDK

Not Restored:

DRM settings
SAM hives (does not restore passwords)
WPA settings (Windows authentication information is not restored)
Specific directories/files listed in the Monitored File Extensions list in the System Restore section of the Platform SDK
Any file with an extension not listed as <included> in the Monitored File Extensions list in the System Restore section of the Platform SDK
Items listed in both Filesnottobackup and KeysnottoRestore (hklm->system->controlset001->control->backuprestore->filesnottobackup and keysnottorestore)
User-created data stored in the user profile
Contents of redirected folders
(The link to file extensions is a different link from the original source also googled)

How Do I Set a System Restore Point?

Before changing your system settings you should always set a System Restore Point in order to make recovery easier in case of problems. While Windows XP will set these points automatically at various times; setting a specific point can be useful if there are things you've done after Windows sets its automatic point that you want to keep. Recovery to a set System Restore Point can cause data loss from that point foward as that's the purpose of the restore point: to restore the system to a particular point in time.

To set a System Restore Point...

Open the Start menu
Open the Programs menu
Open the Accessories menu
Open the System Tools menu
Finally, start System Restore
Pick the option for setting a System Restore Point and click on the Next button
Fill in a name for the restore point so you can find it and click on the Create button
Click on the Close button when done
If you need to restore the system to a particular point or change the options Windows uses to set restore points use the System Restore tool as well.
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+"System Restore" +"File extension"
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