TweakHound - Tweaking Windows 7
Windows Backup And Recovery Options
I am not going to cover much on this topic as Microsoft has fully documented this. It is my belief that the average user should fully utilize the backup options that Windows 7 offers.
Just about every question you could have as well as how to do something involving backup is available right in the Backup and Restore help file.
New to Windows 7 is the fact that all versions can do a System Image backup. This is similar to Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost. A System Image is an exact copy of your drive or partition.
***VERY IMPORTANT - The system image backup is virtually useless without a Restore CD, especially for those who bought computers and didn't get an actual Windows 7 disk. Be sure to create one.
You can get to your system image without a System Restore Disk by using the Windows 7 install disk but it takes longer to get there. Boot from the install CD > choose Repair > choose System Recovery Options > System Image Recovery.
I recommend that most users use Windows 7's built-in backup options as well as third party backup options (see below).
To open Backup and Restore: Type backup and restore in the Start Menu search box (Control Panel (view large icons) > Backup and Restore).
Configure Or Disable System Restore
Why: User preference. Less disk use. You use other
Why not: This is a useful feature that can quickly get you out of trouble, especially when it comes to drivers or system tweaking.
"System Restore affects Windows system files, programs, and registry settings...System Restore does not affect personal files, such as e-mail, documents, or photos, so it cannot help you restore a deleted file...Restore points are created automatically every week, and just before significant system events, such as the installation of a program or device driver. You can also create a restore point manually." from the Help file.
This is not a performance tweak per-se. System Restore does not actively use system resources unless an event triggers it. It does use up disk space. I don't use System restore on my desktop (because I use Acronis True Image) but I do use it on my laptop. Be sure you have another backup/restore option BEFORE you do this. Disabling System Restore means that you will not be able to use Shadow Copies or Driver Rollback.To open System Restore > press the Windows + R keys > type rstrui.exe.
|Tweaking Windows 7 - Article Menu|
2. Desktop, Start Menu, Taskbar
3. Customize The Start Menu and Taskbar
4 . Customize The Notification Area & Explorer
5. Drive & File System Tweaks
6. Security Related Tweaks
7. The Page File, SuperFetch, and ReadyBoost
9. Internet & Network Tweaks
10. Power Options
11. Windows Backup And Recovery Options
12. Regedit Only Tweaks
13. Tweaking Apps (freeware)
14. Bad Tweaks
15. Clean, Defrag, & Optimize
16. Cool Tools
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