Windows 7 Operating System comes with inbuilt system recovery tools that can resolve system errors and roll back malfunctioning computers to an operable state. It is used extensively by Windows users. On the contrary, the reboot to restore technology has been gaining momentum ever since its introduction. The acceptance is quite notable within enterprises and multi-user computing environments like public libraries, classrooms, and labs. It is quite commonplace among global organizations and even individuals to employ software based on reboot to restore technology today. The reason for the growing use of this technology is that it offers a quick and easy means to restore computers to a clean state.
It is important to understand how Windows 7 System Restore options and the Reboot to Restore technology function to find out which is easier to implement and delivers quicker results.
System Recovery Options in Windows 7
System Restore: System Restore for Windows 7 protects computers by creating Restore Points which capture and save the state of the system. Restore Points use a part of the hard disk to store critical information related to the configuration – Windows Registry, system settings, and installed software. These system files usually have .sys, .dll, .exe, .vxd, and .com extensions. System Restore creates a record of this configuration, and when needed, the user can roll the system back to it. If a specific Restore Point is not selected, the system is reverted to the last saved one by default.
Restore Points consume about 3% disk space in devices with about 64 GB storage space. Those with more storage space allows the Restore folder to occupy 5 or 10% of it. Once restoration is done, all the software installed after creating Restore Point is removed. This also applies to changes in system settings. However, it does not affect a user’s personal files. It cannot be used to retrieve deleted files, or make changes to any personal files.
Startup Repair: This scans the computer and fixes missing and/or damaged files which are causing issues with starting Windows correctly. It helps if a user has modified Windows system files or installed applications that have modified system files that have led to problems in starting Windows.
System Image Recovery: When Startup Repair and System Restore fail to resolve the issue, System Image Recovery can help to restore the image of the system at an earlier point in time. However, your machine will only restore the files, folders, and application that existed when the system image was created.
Windows Memory Diagnostic: This scans the computer’s memory for errors. It is helpful if the computer freezes after an upgrade, or the user has made changes in the RAM modules.
Command Prompt: This can be used by advanced users to perform operations related to recovery. However, this is advised only for users who have a proper understanding of how to effectively apply this tool to perform system recovery-related operations.
Limitations of System Restore in Windows 7
- It takes about 30 minutes for the System Restore process to complete. In most cases, this can be too long, especially if the user has a deadline on the horizon.
- System Restore does not affect personal files. Therefore, if a system’s issues are being caused by something in those files, it will not be resolved by reverting to a Restore Point.
- If viruses, Trojans, or other malware has deeply penetrated into the operating system, chances are that Windows System Restore cannot get rid of them. In this case, an antivirus/anti-malware program is more helpful.
Reboot to Restore Technology
On the surface, Reboot to Restore may seem to perform the same functions as System Restore but there are differences which can create a more robust security setup for a computer. Reboot to Restore preserves the desired state of the system that makes it more impervious to damage or sudden malfunctioning.
Essentially, Reboot to Restore technology returns a system to a pristine configuration with every reboot. Users can determine a baseline configuration in which the computer is working perfectly. With each reboot, the system reverts to this configuration. Regardless of whether or not any changes to the system have been made, the user finds a computer at peak functionality every time it is started.
Reboot to Restore affects the entire system, including system settings, personal files, and all the applications. Each restart clears the system of all changes that do not exist as part of the baseline configuration. If the user desires to save any changes, they can disable Reboot to Restore, deploy the necessary changes, and activate the solution once again to update the baseline configuration. This functionality gives Reboot to restore software it’s added advantages over inbuilt Windows System Restore options.
System Restore for Windows 7 vs Reboot to Restore Technology
Let’s compare how Reboot to Restore Technology stacks up against the System Restore options in Windows 7:
- While System Restore creates Restore Points automatically, it requires manual intervention to set it in motion. The device does not roll back to a baseline configuration by itself.Reboot to Restore technology enables a system restoration automatically on reboot. This is especially useful for spaces in which there are multiple computers. It is tiresome to go to each workstation and initiate System Restore manually. However, with Reboot to Restore, the process gets automated with just restarting the computers.
- System Restore takes about thirty minutes to bring the system to a usable configuration that offers optimal functionality. This may be too long for many users, especially if they are under the pressure of meeting deadlines or maintaining a seamless workflow.Reboot to Restore provides results in the time that it takes to start a computer. Once the device has been restarted, the pristine configuration is restored. This ensures that valuable time is not squandered in simply getting a system to work at its best.
- As stated above, Reboot to Restore affects the entire system, including personal files. No matter what changes may have been made, a system will revert to a pristine state with each restart. All changes, malicious or otherwise will be removed unless they are manually saved in a new baseline configuration.System Restore does not touch personal files. This means that if a computer is suffering from an issue due to a personal file, it cannot be resolved with reverting to a Restore Point.
Comprehensive system restore solutions leveraging reboot to restore technology, such as Deep Freeze, provide a reliable security measure that is effective and time-saving. Deploying Deep Freeze has resulted in a significant reduction in IT intervention, as any system can be cleared of its issues with a reboot. It also ensures that users always have access to a system that is performing in its pristine state. Consequently, increased productivity, uninterrupted operations, and user satisfaction, can be easily achieved, ensuring optimal endpoint management in organizations employing a large number of digital workstations.