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Matt’s Cuppa Tech Tip: Stop Vista Home From Creating “Shadow” Files

Posted by telecommatt on December 4, 2007

30 quick fixes for Windows XP & Vista News – PC Advisor

Vista is saving my data, but won’t let me recover it

This article by PC Advisor offers a whole list of tweaks that fix various irritating Windows "features" and generally make you a happier Windows user. This tip in particular is worth mentioning. Assuming that your computer has infinite resources available, (It must if you’re running Vista, right?) Vista makes temp and restore copies of your files every time it registers a change. Which is good, if your a Vista Enterprise or Ultimate user. It seems like the little guy always gets the shaft though, because in Vista Home, even though Windows keeps making those Shadow copies, you can’t actually use them to restore your data from. In other words, you’ve got a bunch of temp data bloating your file system and this article shows you what you need to do to put a stop to all that ridiculousness.

[Via Lifehacker]

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