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Why Is System Restore Disabled? What Is Refresh and Reset?

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    Windows 8

    Why Is System Restore Disabled? What Is Refresh and Reset?


    1. Why is System Restore disabled by default on a new Acer Laptop with Windows 8 I recently acquired?


    2. What is this about Windows 8 moving away from restore points to two new things called Refresh and Reset systems? What is Refresh and Reset? Is this something better than System Restore? Should I look into how to use them? Are they already working automatically by default?

    I heard about Refresh and Reset as a result of googling how to access System Restore.

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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Most likely because that is how Windows 10 & Server will behave. Windows 8 will still have System Restore. Restore points have a nasty habit of holding Malware in them, when a machine gets infected. Plus they do not always work, when you go to roll back from an issue. I just have not looked at the new system.

    As for your new machine having it disabled. That is how it comes out of the box. It should enable once it starts doing its housekeeping and updates. If not, just go in and enable System Restore.
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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
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    Posts : 10
    Windows 8


    OK. Thanks, broe and alpha.
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