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Prevent System Restore Points Being Lost When Dual Booting Vista With Windows XP.

If you are running Windows XP and Windows Vista as a dual boot machine, you may have noticed that, after booting to Windows XP and then booting back to Windows Vista, the system restore points in Windows Vista disappear. This, apparently, is caused by Windows XP's shadow copying and, according to Microsoft, will not be fixed as it would require extensive alterations to the code of Windows XP in order to repair the problem.

While there is no real update fix for this problem which, incidentally, can be extremely annoying, there is a workaround - well, actually two workarounds, as follows.

Workaround 1

This first workaround relies upon the Bitlocker encryption feature. By enabling Bitlocker Encryption either via an onboard TPM chip or a removable USB pen drive you can, effectively, stop Windows XP from removing system restore points from Windows Vista.

Workaround 2

Another option, which is simpler if you don't want to go down the Bitlocker Encryption route is to boot into Windows XP and, using a freeware utility called TweakUi hide the Windows Vista partition from Windows XP. Because XP cannot see the Windows Vista partition it cannot remove the system restore points.

The end result of both these workarounds is that you can move from Windows Vista to Windows XP and back again without losing the precious System restore points.

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