Restore Vs. Uninstall

  Mr. Chips 09:21 22 Jan 07

I have just installed a Belkin Bluetooth dongle which does not work as I wish it to … and now want to remove it from my PC.

1. I took a restore point before installation.
2. Belkin have an Uninstall option.

Which is the better thing to do?

Go back to the old restore point
…… Or ……
Use Belkin’s uninstall utility.

What are the Pros and Cons please?

  MichelleC 09:49 22 Jan 07

A restore won't uninstall the hardware, it'll just revert back the system files. So it's best to uninstall.

  Batch 12:42 22 Jan 07

As long as a restore works properly (and there is nothing else it would get rid of that you want), it can be the cleaner approach as it (should) ensure that nothing from the install is left lying around. Whereas uninstalls are notorious for not doing their job properly.

Having said that you'll probably find uninstall is more than adequate. You could always run something like Ccleaner afterwards is you want (click here).

  Mr. Chips 15:33 22 Jan 07

Thank you both .

Not quite differing ideas on the subject, but not quite the same either.

If I do an UnInstall, I assume that a Restore will not work as it won't be able to find some of the items it wants to remove.
Is this so?

What is more likely to give me conflict problems:-
The actual application sofware?
The Hardware drivers?

  Batch 15:49 22 Jan 07

"If I do an UnInstall, I assume that a Restore will not work as it won't be able to find some of the items it wants to remove."

Not so. System Restore tracks actions of certain types of files in certain folders on your system. This includes adding and removing. So if you uninstall System Restore will know.

  Mr. Chips 16:28 22 Jan 07

Thanks Batch.

That is most interesting.
Does that mean that I can have the best of both worlds?
i.e. Do an UnInstall and then follow up with a RESTORE .... or would that just be stupid?

  Batch 08:32 23 Jan 07

In practice it probably won't make much (any?) difference, but won't do any harm.

  Mr. Chips 08:37 23 Jan 07

Thanks Batch, for all your help.


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