windows system restore

hi, just been reading in another thread you shouldnt turn it off, any thoughts on this? i have tried to use it twice on xp and once on vista all with various levels of failure, on vista it took up loads of hard drive space, i have heard nasties can hide in it. should it be turned on? i back my whole system to an external drive so am i doing the correct thing in having it turned off? google seems to suggest it's pretty useless. any thoughts, as always very welcome.

  VoG II 21:33 29 Nov 2007

1) You can change the amount of disk space allocated.

2) Nasties do not 'hide' in it. But if a nasty is in a system folder like c:\windows\system32 then it will be copied into the restore point. This cannot do any harm unless you restore to that point. It is always better to have a restore point to go back to (even if infected) than no restore point at all.

3) If you are backing up using a program like Norton Ghost where you can restore an earlier image by booting from the Ghost CD then you probably don't need to worry about system restore.

hi, thanks for that, thats all i wanted to hear, it is ghost.

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