Installing new hardware or software can sometimes be hazardous to your PC’s health. Suddenly, the operating system begins to crash haphazardly, you’ve lost all your work, and there is no way to roll back the installed software and restore the operating system to its original state. This is where system recovery tools come into play, such as pcShadow.
This program works by taking a snapshot of the designated files and storing them in a newly created partition. pcShadow works at bootup level, so the system can be restored to a previous state without entering into the operating system. After the initial setup, the user can define the type of restore needed. If the system is to be used in a public location, Auto mode would work best — pcShadow will restore to the previous saved state without any user intervention after each reboot. In the Normal mode, restoring to the previously saved state can be done at the touch of a button and requires user intervention.
Prior to installation, the user manual should be consulted to ensure all prerequisites are met for a successful installation. We tested the software on a 3GHz Pentium 4, with 512MB of PC2700 DDR SDRAM and a 120GB 5400rpm hard disk. We ran the software through a gamut of tests including deletion of boot sectors and infection of real world viruses (we had a quarantined copy of Klez). pcShadow handled all tasks thrown in its direction and proved to be a worthy alternative to hardware system restore options.
In brief: SkyData pcShadow
An inexpensive software solution that restores a system at the touch of a button.
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