System Restore Points in Windows 2000 Pro?


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I have nuked and paved my Windows 2000 Pro system and everything is going
great. Is there a feature (as in XP) like a system restore point or???? I
need something I can revert back to!!

Also, what about Norton Systemworks 2005 Premier. Some of its feature are:
I just got done having to restore my laptop / XP Pro SP2 due to some system
corruption...bla, bla, bla. Anyway, I am looking for a piece of software to
maintain the integrity of the system and perform routine checks on system
health etc..

In the old MAC days Norton Systemworks saved our butts many times. They
have a new version of Systemworks for XP called Systemworks Premier. It's
feature are:
problems and protect data. This easy-to-use suite helps you eliminate
viruses, back up your files, and prevent computer problems. A new recovery
disk allows you to recover data even when Windows® won’t start up.

Key Features•One Button Checkup allows you to quickly identify and fix
common PC problems.•LiveUpdate™ automatically downloads protection updates to
defend your PC against new threats.

Norton AntiVirus™•NEW! Norton™ Internet Worm Protection blocks worms at
their attempted point of entry.•NEW! QuickScan detects and removes viruses
after new protection updates are installed.•Automatically removes viruses,
worms, and Trojan horses.•Scans and cleans instant message attachments,
incoming and outgoing email messages, and other files.•Detects spyware and
certain non-virus threats such as adware and keystroke logging programs.

Norton Utilities™•Optimizes and defragments files for faster hard drive
performance.•Detects and fixes many Windows® and disk problems automatically.

Norton GoBack™•NEW! SafeTry Mode creates a temporary environment that allows
you to test new programs and accept or reject changes to your system.•NEW!
Familiar, intuitive search bar makes it easy to find the files or folders you
want to restore.•Restores your disk drive to a previous healthy state after a
system crash, failed software installation, user error, virus attack, or
other problem.•Allows you to restore just the files or folders you need, or
an entire drive.

Norton Ghost™•NEW! “Hot imaging†lets you create backup images without
restarting Windows. (Available only on Windows® XP/2000 Pro.)•NEW!
Incremental backup updates save time and disk space. (Available only on
Windows® XP/2000 Pro.)•NEW! Scheduled backups keep the backup image up to
date. (Available only on Windows® XP/2000 Pro.)•NEW! Reboot a non-responsive
system in a Windows-based environment. Repair and rescue data on a damaged
NTFS volume.•Backs up everything on a hard drive or partition.•Works with a
wide range of hard drives and removable media.†

CheckIt® Diagnostics•NEW! Gives you a fast, thorough evaluation of your PC’s
hardware.

System Optimizer•NEW! Makes it easy to manage and customize Windows XP
settings from one simple interface.

Additional problem-solving tools•NEW! Norton Cleanup now deletes temporary
files and recently viewed Web pages in addition to other unneeded files left
over from Internet sessions.•Process Viewer displays detailed information
about Windows processes.•PerformanceTest(TM) benchmarks your computer’s
performance against similar machines.

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Any advise on keeping this system healthy would be appreciated :)

I am using Norton Internet Security 2005, Spybot S&D and Adaware currently.

Thanks for any advise!
Duane
 
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neo [mvp outlook]

Nope, you would have to use some sort of imaging software (e.g. I use ghost)
to take an image of what your ideal fall back is. Downside is to remember
to never store data on the drive/partition hosting the operating system and
applications and what needs to be patched/changed if you ever have to fall
back.

As for system health...

1) Do all daily activity under a restricted account (e.g. Be a USER and not
an Administrator)

2) Learn to configure Internet Explorer (e.g. I'm a big fan of administrator
approved active-x controls and locking down specific features. If you can
figure out which active-x components you need to do the day to day stuff, it
does make for a smaller target.)

3) Keep current on Service Packs and security/critical hotfixes. (e.g. If
you have applied service pack 4, turn on automatic updates.)

4) Run antivirus software and keep it updated

5) Run a personal firewall
 
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Bruce Chambers

Duane said:
I have nuked and paved my Windows 2000 Pro system and everything is going
great. Is there a feature (as in XP) like a system restore point or???? I
need something I can revert back to!!

No, Win2K does not have the System Restore feature (which only
preserves some systems files and settings, anyway, so it's can't do what
you want). Use standard backup procedures or a disk imaging/cloning
application such as Ghost, Drive Image, Partition Magic, or BootItNG.

Also, what about Norton Systemworks 2005 Premier.
Key Features•One Button Checkup allows you to quickly identify and fix
common PC problems.

Snake Oil.

•LiveUpdate™ automatically downloads protection updates to
defend your PC against new threats.

Updates for the Symantec product only, though. Don't get mislead into
thinking that LiveUpdate also keeps your OS and other applications
up-to-date on patches.

Norton AntiVirus™•NEW! Norton™ Internet Worm Protection blocks worms at
their attempted point of entry.•NEW! QuickScan detects and removes viruses
after new protection updates are installed.•Automatically removes viruses,
worms, and Trojan horses.•Scans and cleans instant message attachments,
incoming and outgoing email messages, and other files.•Detects spyware and
certain non-virus threats such as adware and keystroke logging programs.

Once a reputable antivirus product, but I've not used it for a couple
years, now. It does consume at lot more system resources that do
several equally effective free antivirus solutions, such as Grisoft's AVG.

Norton Utilities™•Optimizes and defragments files for faster hard drive
performance.•Detects and fixes many Windows® and disk problems automatically.

Once a useful utility suite, back in the days of MS-DOS, when Peter
Norton was more than a picture on the box, Norton Utilities have been
becoming increasingly useless and redundant over the years. There's
little offered by NU that Win2k cannot already do natively. And some of
its features, like CrashGuard and CleanSweep (if they're still included)
cause far more problems then they prevent.

Norton GoBack™•NEW! SafeTry Mode creates a temporary environment that allows
you to test new programs and accept or reject changes to your system. •NEW!
Familiar, intuitive search bar makes it easy to find the files or folders you
want to restore.•Restores your disk drive to a previous healthy state after a
system crash, failed software installation, user error, virus attack, or
other problem.•Allows you to restore just the files or folders you need, or
an entire drive.


This might be a useful feature for you. Naturally, it can only recover
from those changes made after it's installation.

Norton Ghost™•NEW! “Hot imaging” lets you create backup images without
restarting Windows. (Available only on Windows® XP/2000 Pro.)•NEW!
Incremental backup updates save time and disk space. (Available only on
Windows® XP/2000 Pro.)•NEW! Scheduled backups keep the backup image up to
date. (Available only on Windows® XP/2000 Pro.)•NEW! Reboot a non-responsive
system in a Windows-based environment. Repair and rescue data on a damaged
NTFS volume.•Backs up everything on a hard drive or partition.•Works with a
wide range of hard drives and removable media.†

This is probably the single most useful component of the suite. Used
properly, it will enable you to restore your computer's OS and software
from almost any disaster.

CheckIt® Diagnostics•NEW! Gives you a fast, thorough evaluation of your PC’s
hardware.

More Snake Oil.
System Optimizer•NEW! Makes it easy to manage and customize Windows XP
settings from one simple interface.

Still more Snake Oil.

Additional problem-solving tools•NEW! Norton Cleanup now deletes temporary
files and recently viewed Web pages in addition to other unneeded files left
over from Internet sessions.•Process Viewer displays detailed information
about Windows processes.•PerformanceTest(TM) benchmarks your computer’s
performance against similar machines.

All redundant. There's nothing here that you can't already do using
native Win2K tools.


I am using Norton Internet Security 2005, Spybot S&D and Adaware currently.

I used, and recommended, Norton Antivirus and then Norton Internet
Security, for many years, on Win98, WinNT, Win2K, and WinXP, all without
any significant problems. However, when my subscription to Symantec's
updates for Norton Internet Security 2002 came up for renewal (at a cost
substantially higher than the preceding year's subscription), I decided
to try less expensive solutions. I downloaded and installed the free
version of GriSoft's AVG (http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php )
and the free version of Sygate's Personal Firewall
(http://smb.sygate.com/free/default.php ). Both have proven to be
easily installed, easy to use, and quite effective. Additionally, I was
pleasantly surprised to see a small but very noticeable improvement in
my PC's performance, once I'd replaced the Symantec product.


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Bruce Chambers

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