Re: How to make an 'In place upgrade' like MS xp
MS's System Restore is NOT what many people think it is -- it is NOT a time-machine that rolls back the clock. When Windows updates are performed, and when apps are installed, Windows creates a Restore Point. This is NOT an image copy of the current state of MS Windows; instead, it saves off the system files that are being updated.
The MS tool should really be called Operating System Restore -- because that is what it really does. When you select a Restore Point, that is a associated with a copy of system files and settings that were made at a point in time. When you run System Restore, it overwrites the current system files (including the Registry) with those saved copies.
I personally have found System Restore to be useless and prefer, instead, to do my own image backups with Macrium Reflect (in Windows).
In Linux, I use Clonezilla to image off my current distros. IT only takes a few minutes, and it is very easy to run a restore, should I need to get back the working system.
There are other backup/restore solutions, as well, including DejaDup and RemasterSys. You should read about these and how they can be used to backup/restore your Linux system.
Last edited by QIII; July 12th, 2013 at 11:53 PM.
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