I purchased and installed a program GoBack on my old XP computer and it was
easy to use and saved my sanity many, many times. I now run Windows 7 and
GoBack will not work on this system. Is there any program available now that
will do the same thing that GoBack did so well? System Restore only restores
certain time periods while GoBack permitted you to restore your system to
almost any time of day for a previous two or three week period. Thanking you in
In this excerpt from
Answercast #28, I look at the power of image backups to restore a system to
a period in time.
Equivalent to GoBack
The short answer is no, I don’t know of an equivalent to GoBack. Not directly equivalent.
I certainly agree on your position on System Restore. I strongly advise against relying on System Restore for pretty much anything. It’s just been too unreliable in my experience.
- What I suggest instead is backups.
With a good backup system, if you were to take, for example, daily image backups, or daily incremental backups to a monthly full system image backup, you would get 95% of what you had with GoBack. The bottom line is that you could restore your entire system to the state that it was at any of those points in time. Kind of like what GoBack did.
It doesn’t have the granularity of literally any point in time, to the hour level. But it does allow you to say, “You know, ever since Tuesday, my computer’s been screwed up so let’s restore my computer to the state it was in on Monday.”
That being said, I know that GoBack was a very popular little utility. I’m going to ask readers if they have a suitable alternative for GoBack. If they’re familiar with what GoBack was in the past, let us know in the Comments.
I’d be very interested in understanding what kind of utilities might be out there today that duplicate, or come close to duplicating, the functionality that GoBack used to have.
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