Re: nvda in safe mode
Shadow copy isn't a backup, but it is a part of system restore and it does allow recovery of deleted files or access to earlier versions, if desired. I can use Shadow Copy to open a file that is an earlier version without restoring it. it can be opened directly from where it is in Shadow Copy.
I am not advocating using it instead of a backup. But it is a very useful feature. I once deleted something the day after I recorded it because I didn't think I needed it any longer. I found that I had been wrong and I was able to recover it with Shadow Copy because, fortunately, System Restore had made a restore point while it was on the disk. I hadn't backed it up because I erroneously thought I had already edited it and saved and backed up the edited version.
Also, there may be times when you want to open an earlier version of something without restoring it from a backup. You may want to compare versions.
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To be clear, I am not proposing using volume shadow copies.
One should be taking full system image backups using the third-party tool of one's choosing, which is what Microsoft recommends, as well as parallel separate user data backups, which can be using that same third-party tool or Microsoft's own File History if running Windows 8.1 or 10.
System Protection (of which System Restore is a part) has never been intended as a full-recovery utility (which would include user data) and is notoriously flaky. It's focus is allowing the system to be rolled back in the event that, for instance, a bad new driver were installed that breaks something. It rolls back the state of the system registry and certain underlying support folders in the Windows hierarchy. It, as Jackie has already noted, has never, ever been involved in user data backup or recovery.
Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363
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