How to Recover from a Messy Software Uninstall

How to Recover from a Messy Software UninstallLearn how InstantRecovery quickly helped one customer restore his Windows system to a pristine and trusted state in a matter of minutes after a software uninstall resulted in file system corruption that left an unwanted file behind.

When an Uninstall Goes Wrong

When Windows users want to protect their operating systems from software corruption and be prepared in case a failure renders their machines unbootable, InstantRecovery provides the peace of mind that system recovery is just a boot away. Providing system snapshots with Data Anchoring to select and protect only the files and folders they wish to restore in the event of a system failure allows users to control what data will and won’t be available to them in the case they have to perform a system recovery operation by booting into a secondary snapshot of their choosing.

Data Anchoring allows users to access the files and folders they selected when creating the recovery snapshot but it restores those selected files and folders in their most recent state at the time of system failure. This means that even if you created a recovery snapshot a year ago, the files and folders you selected for Data Anchoring are restored with the recovery snapshot from a year ago in their most recent state — not their state from a year ago.

One customer was able to use this feature to exclude a file left behind by a beta software uninstall and restore his system without this problem file, which he was unable to remove prior to restoring his system.

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What To Do When a Messy Uninstall Leaves Behind Unwanted Guests

Pete Stecker is a long time InstantRecovery user and he was recently testing some beta security software. When Pete was done testing the beta software, he uninstalled the product. The uninstall apparently produced some file system corruption and there was one folder he could not remove regardless of what he tried.

To make matters worse, Pete had not updated his system image in a year. Faced with the prospect of a long and painful system reinstall, plus the application of the service packs, hot fixes and updates, Pete had an idea.

  1. How to Recover from a Messy Software UninstallFirst, Pete used InstantRecovery to create an Archive snapshot and excluded the unwanted folder. An Archive snapshot is a single file containing all the files in the snapshot.
  2. Once the Archive snapshot was done, he rebooted the system with the year old system image restoring the system to where it was one year ago.
  3. After the system rebooted he applied the Archive snapshot and that restored his system to its pre-corruption state without the unwanted folder.

Pete estimates this entire operation took a fraction of the time a full system reinstall would have taken and he noted that he knows of no other product that could have replicated what he was able to do with InstantRecovery.

Learn more about InstantRecovery solutions for home PCs, business PCs and servers. InstantRecovery allows up to 10* recovery snapshots (*in the Business Edition, up to 5 snapshots in the Home Edition). Need a simpler, single recovery snapshot solution? Try InstantRescue.

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    1. Simply hit F1 during the InstantRecovery pre-boot screen on restart and boot into your recovery snapshot to restore a trusted state of your operating system.