I agree people are relying upon SR far too much - I personally don't because
SR is disabled on my machine, I much prefer a regular imaged backup.
SR however was created for the purpose of returning the system back to a
previous point when a user experienced problems with software s/he
installed. I only included the suggestion in case, after re-installing the
original program, the problem still persisted.
SR apparently keeps restore points for a period of 90 days - assuming you
have sufficient space available (When SR was enabled on my PC I was lucky to
get a maximum of 6 days, even though I have plenty of free space available.)
I personally wouldn't trust a restore point of 90 days to be reliable. A few
weeks, maybe, but not a few months.
I'm sure you will agree that creating a full backup image of your hard drive
on a regular basis is a far better option than using SR.
John Barnett MVP
Windows Desktop Experience
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"Mick Murphy" <MickMurphy@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> John, people seem to be relying too much on SR. Taking it back 6 months,
> means he has to reinstall all the MS updates since that date!
> Wonderful if it includes SP1.
> Also, programs the OP installed will be gone.
> I consider SR bad advice, unless the last solution before reinstall.
> Or using it to go back a month, at the max!
> Mick Murphy - Qld - Australia
> "John Barnett MVP" wrote:
>> I've always found that, when having problems uninstalling software, it
>> sometimes helps to actually re-install the program first and then try
>> uninstalling it again. In most cases it is quicker than trying to
>> troubleshoot the problem.
>> Another option, assuming the program hasn't been on your PC for ages, is
>> see if you have a system restore point prior to when you installed the
>> software. If you have then restore back to that point.
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>> "please help" <please firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> > I'm trying to delete a program and it gives me the 'cannot locate file
>> > uninstall.exe'
>> > then asks me to browse or cancel. how can I fix this