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Reboot Restore Rx Reviews

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A few years ago I had Reboot Restore Rx installed on a home based Laptop running Windows 8.0. It worked great and I used it for several months without any issues. Then one day I used CCleaner. The next time I started my PC it wouldn't go past the manufacturers (BIOS?) splash screen. Luckily I had made recovery disks and those worked fine.

So, to anyone considering using Reboot Restore Rx I would suggest you probably should avoid using CCleaner or any other similar disk/registry cleanup software unless, unlike me, you really know what you're doing.

This is not a reflection on the quality or usefulness of Reboot Restore Rx, but rather a warning about its compatibility with cleanup software. Like I said, this was a few years ago and the current version of Reboot Restore Rx may not have such issues. Or, such issues may be inherent with this type of software.

Good luck.

[Edited by maxbramble, February 11]


a must have freeware

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I had used the free version of the reboot restore rx and would really recommend it. Your computer can be harmed by any virus anytime and all you need is a reboot to make it run properly. works just right! Easy to install and use.


Has gotten better

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I'm not going to lie - I had a bad experience with this program in the past so was a little hesitant to try it again. But because of our cafe, I was met with the task of testing and implement system restore programs. Decided to stay with this one because it was easy to manage and some of its features had improved ie system tray icon has been removed from all non-admin accounts.


Works just fine for a freeware

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I understand that not having a password protection for the pre-os of Reboot Restore Rx can be seen as a con for this great freeware. However with any system- it is always good to have a layered approach for protection.

When I was testing out Reboot Restore Rx v2.0- the one that allows only the user with Windows administrator to make changes to Reboot Restore Rx application, I noticed that pre-os of Reboot Restore Rx can still easily be accessed by users if the system goes for a reboot/restart. Like many of my projects whenever I come across a hurdle I try to find a work around it until I finally give it up on the issue and go for the alternative.

To prevent from users restarting the machine- I implemented GPO settings that disables restart/shutdown of the machine from within the GUI of the machine. You will need to access the command line to reboot the machine which can only be done once again if you are the Windows administrator. Now there is no fear of what happens if the user restarts the machine and un install the Reboot Restore Rx from outside Windows.

Now what if the user just gets bold and cold-reboot the machine by unplugging the machine and restarting it?- Have a BIOS password enabled so if the user does this- he/she will not be able to boot into the computer till the Administrator of the computers arrive.

This might look like too much trouble but its not. If you have a setup of public access computers- it is best practice to implement some GPO settings. It is easy to do that as well.
BIOS password is only required if you fear that the users might cold-boot the machine. The lab I implemented Reboot Restore Rx in is monitored by Administrators- so there was no need of BIOS password.

I used Reboot Restore Rx for a couple of months till I convinced by management to go with Drive Vaccine as it gives more flexibility to installing Windows Updates and comes with its own password management. Although I still use GPO as well. Layered protection is the way to secure machines.

Hopefully this shed some light on how to work with Reboot Restore Rx.


Risky, May Destroy Disk

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Whatever you do, do NOT install this software if you are using anything but a normal boot process. For example, if you use Acronis True Image backup/restore software, you might find your disk too corrupt to recover and need to re-install the operating system.

That's what happened to me... Reboot Restore Rx overwrote the boot sector and then every boot would send the system to a disk location with no executable code and the system hung. It also destroyed my Acronis loader, so I couldn't restore easily.

I had to boot from CD and restore my disk from an image backup, which, unfortunately, was a month or so old. Then I had to continue restoration from other backups I had made.

The moral is: this software should work if your PC is configured like the software developers assume. If not, you might find yourself in a heap of trouble!

This being the case, I'd give it zero out of five stars -- the software is too poorly written to warrant more.


Hey there, this is Sam from Horizon DataSys.

I'm sorry you're encountering issues with the product. You are right in that our software does protect the Master Boot Record, and when you have multiple programs that intercept the boot record it can cause issues just like this. But this is the case with any software covering the boot records. I would say you shouldn't have any multiple programs intercepting it as there are sure to be errors. This case really isn't unique to only Reboot Restore Rx.

In the future, I would recommend downloading a trial of ours and testing if things work on a virtual machine. That way you can be sure there won't be any conflict before buying anything (although the one you mention is our freeware! So have at it!).

Once you're sure the software is good to go, it really is a great replacement for Windows SteadyState.

Thanks for your time, and if you have any questions be sure to message me or shoot a reply my way!

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Rubbish!! You are going to mess your system! Avoid!