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Can't you do something similar with Windows Restore points?

I seem to recall getting burnt by them a long time ago, so I've never trusted them. Are they stable now?

They're only useful for simple problems – e.g. a user-level compromise or an innocent mistake by non-malware. If anything malicious ever gets admin privileges, you still need to reinstall from scratch.

Since you need a real backup solution either way I've always disabled restore points since they're at best redundant.

They seem to be. I successfully used them a few times to get rid of that annoying kind of malware that tries very hard to not let you uninstall it (includind even automatically killing any open cmd.exe and regedit.exe window).

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