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How do I get into W7 'Safe Mode'? I've tried pressing F8 and this is what I get...
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I want to get into 'Safe Mode' because I'm trying to get 'System Restore' to restore. So far without any luck. So I thought I'd give it a go in Safe Mode, that is easier said than done?
OR try F5 - works for me.
OK guys, I'll try holding down F8, instead of tapping. If no go I'll try F5. Either way I'll get back to you. Cheers
OR go to Run - type msconfig - Boot Tab - select safe boot - apply - ok
Also tap F8 again when in boot selection window.
I had to press the F5 key followed by the F8 key.
Then I got a comprehensive selection of choices. Of which I chose 'Safe Mode' I did the 'System Restore'. But still no joy?
Although my PC goes through the motions of recording a 'SR' point and ends up by telling me it's done it, you can never be sure that it actually has? Each time it fails to restore a box opens and says that it hasn't done it and it's because it couldn't find the restore info. I found this on the Internet...
For Windows 7 using the NTFS File System.
Click Start then My Computer.
On the Tools menu, then Folder Options.
On the View tab, click “Show hidden files and folders”
Clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box.
Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the change.
Right-click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder, and then click Properties.
If the Read-only attributes is checked, uncheck it and click, OK
Now try creating a restore point.
The first above instructions don't seem to be for W7 or at least not my W7?
I went into the 'Control Panel' and clicked on 'Folder Options'
Unticked 'Hide protected operating system files'
Clicked 'Apply' 'Ok'
Then did the Root bit. (C drive)
However, in the past when I've set a SR Point, it always tells me that it's done it. So if it tells me the same thing again, I still won't know how true that is until I need to do an SR and even if it has, this doesn't mean it will 'Restore'.
I have not used System Restore in years, not because my PC never goes wrong, in fact in the past, not so much now I was always tweaking my PC and sometimes to far. But I was never keen on System Restore and always tried to solve any problems I caused another way.
Since moving to a 60GB SSD then I tend to reinstall Windows 7 and my programs if I cannot sort my problems and most of my tweaks are now tried and tested and do not give me the problems of the past..Everything else is on separate hard-drives. Anyway System Restore on a 60GB hard-drive would soon eat up the space.
I am not saying that System Restore is useful to some people but you should not rely on it as it seems to get corrupted very easily.
No I don't rely on it, in fact this is a new PC, just 3-4 months old. I have been setting Restore points on it, or so I thought to use as my first port of call. However, this wasn't/isn't the only place I've set backups. In fact when the above failed I restored my PC with a restore point I'd set up on 'Comodo Time Machine', a few weeks ago. I have also backed up the system to an external drive, albeit by using win7's own programme, as yet I've not actually tried doing a restore with that.
I used to clone my drive with Acronis, got tired of the advert emails each year for an upgrade which to me just seem to add more bloat to the program. So don't use that anymore, in fact I do not clone a drive for the reasons I gave earlier. Everything personal is on an internal drive which is automatically synced with a NAS drive I have. My good ladies PC is also connected to the NAS drive and her stuff is also automatically synced. I have another cheapo PC that is for the sole use of the young granddaughter which i have cloned and when she gets her invariable virus from MSN or wherever its a simple matter of swapping the drive and re-cloning. Her Photos etc are also synced to NAS drive but go into a holding folder until I have given her files a thorough clean. Works well for us.
I would definitely recommend a NAS drive and a decent bit of sync software.
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