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    Retrospect Runs In Slow Motion

    It appears that the problem is(or at least my problem was) related to Avast's interface with Retrospect following an update to Avast that occurred in July. So apologies for pointing the finger at MS who I believe (at least this time) to be innocent. The wind back of the Window's system files that I recommended above effectively undoes the changes done by Avast and this is a known issue awaiting resolution by Avast. That said a backup that used to take minutes now takes at least 45 minutes and Retrospect is not running as it used to. Awaiting with interest a program update to Retrospect.
  2. Due respect to Philotechnic, I also run Avast and even though I had "fixed" the problem with Retrospect by rolling back Windows to an earlier time I tried the Avast link he gives and installed the "fixed" file. BIG MISTAKE Retrospect started to hang again so I put things back the way I had them prior to messing with the Avast files and all was well. I suggest that even if you are minded to try the Avast fix you do not overwrite the identified files but perhaps either rename them or copy them to a safe folder on your desktop. That way if the fix fails you can always go back to square one. My so far rock solid solution is to start in Safe Mode, start Retrsopect and do a full restore of your Windows Folder (using overwrite all) to a date in mid July if you have a backup set for that date available. It has worked flawlessly for me more than once.
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    Retrospect Runs In Slow Motion

    Men !!!! Can't live with them can't live without them. BUT a non current backup is what you want, something a month or two old will work fine as your windows system folders really are not that dynamic. Good luck with the machine (and the man). S (a male)
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    Retrospect Suddenly Slows My Pc

    Good morning to you When you uninstalled Retrospect it didn't completely remove itself (most programs maintain a presence just so that reinstallation and configuration is simpler if you change your mind). The configuration files are still in your computer and hence it remembers you as a registered user. As far as the restore is concerned I don't think its a risk (I have done the same to my systems on two separate computers more than once). If Windows was working perfectly well last month than copying over the old files is doing no more than putting your system back in the state it was in before the proverbial hit the fan. It will not alter your user data, pst files or anything else you might want to preserve they are all in other parts of the C drive (one of the better architectural features of recent windows releases). Its simply rolling back your windows state. Finally you can turn your automatic updates to "notify" rather than instal automatically and you can look out for and avoid downloading .NET updates (if you unselect a proposed update windows will ask you whether you want to be notified of it again and you can check no and it should not pop up again to haunt you). In any event I suggest you do as I have just done and make a separate backup of your reinstalled windows folder once you are sure it is all working well and then if you ever need to you can simply roll back again to the earlier install. It really is relatively painless. Finally and without any irony at all this is the whole purpose of using a backup solution in the first place so you can in fact BACK UP to a point where all was working fine. If only we could do so in life. Best of luck
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    Retrospect Loads Very Slowly And Won't Backup

    I am pleased to report that I was able to wind back my Windows installation to a date in early July (the 4th as it happens) and hey presto Retrospect is working as it always did. The method is to start in Safe Mode (where Retrospect works without the "issue") and do a restore from a back up set that you have available. The only part of my system that I restored was the Windows folder on the C drive and in setting up the restore I asked Retrospect to always overwrite. Restart out of Safe Mode and then it is all back to normal (for now at least).
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    Retrospect Suddenly Slows My Pc

    I am pleased to report that I was able to wind back my Windows installation to a date in early July (the 4th as it happens) and hey presto Retrospect is working as it always did. The method is to start in Safe Mode (where Retrospect works without the "issue") and do a restore from a back up set that you have available. The only part of my system that I restored was the Windows folder on the C drive and in setting up the restore I asked Retrospect to always overwrite. Restart out of Safe Mode and then it is all back to normal (for now at least). Honestly its not at all hard to boot into safe mode (all you need to do is hit F8 as the computer is running through its start up routine (before the Windows screen appears) and then once you are in to the boot options to select Safe mode with networking. Once you select that windows will look very very familiar (and you can do no harm). Start Retrospect, hit restore and then restore your Windows directory to the C drive from an earlier backup. Once the restore finishes restart your computer and you will be back in normal windows with a functioning Retrospect which (after having tried Easeus) is still a far superior back up solution. Best of luck
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    Retrospect Runs In Slow Motion

    I am pleased to report that I was able to wind back my Windows installation to a date in early July (the 4th as it happens) and hey presto Retrospect is working as it always did. The method is to start in Safe Mode (where Retrospect works without the "issue") and do a restore from a back up set that you have available. The only part of my system that I restored was the Windows folder on the C drive and in setting up the restore I asked Retrospect to always overwrite. Restart out of Safe Mode and then it is all back to normal (for now at least). If XP was working well for you anyway you may wish to try this method and save the time for the W7 instal until a new machine is on the menu.
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    Retrospect Runs In Slow Motion

    You sound pretty computer savvy so excuse me if I am stating the bleeding obvious but Win 7 (in any variant) will not install as an upgrade to Win XP. It means starting from scratch with a clean instal unless you want to go the two step route via Vista. For those of us who (wisely) skipped Vista, when MS first released Win 7 one of the biggest issues was upgradeability. TO avoid a clean instal you have to upgrade from XP to Vista and then use a Win 7 instal disk to go from Vista to 7.
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    Retrospect Suddenly Slows My Pc

    I can suggest this as a workaround/short term repair solution Its interesting to note that this problem does NOT manifest itself while Windows is running in safe mode ie Retrospect splash screen and program open as it used to do in seconds and the computer does not grind to a halt. My short term fix suggestion would be to go to Safe Mode, run retrospect and restore your Windows folder only (with overwrite) from an existing backup that is say from early July and then be very cautious about which updates you allow. That worked for me last time and it is exactly what I would have done had my backup files not disappeared on me yesterday. In the meantime we await some action from the programmers at Roxio who might be able to issue a hotfix to counter the issue once and for all.
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    Retrospect Runs In Slow Motion

    I should have said my version was XP PRO SP (albeit the 32 bit version). I also thought a Windows reinstall(with all the wonderful stuff that goes with doing that) would have helped but it did not. I imagine that unless you do a clean install you won't be any better off. Problem though is that if you set to automatic updates (or even manual ones) unless you are very very careful Microsoft will update your new installation and you will end up in exactly the same place. Its also interesting to note that this problem does NOT manifest itself while Windows is running in safe mode ie Retrospect splash screen and program open as it used to do in seconds and the computer does not grind to a halt. My short term fix suggestion would be to go to Safe Mode, run retrospect and restore your Windows folder only (with overwrite) from an existing backup that is say from early July and then be very cautious about which updates you allow. That worked for me last time and it is exactly what I would have done had my backup files not disappeared on me yesterday.
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    Retrospect Loads Very Slowly And Won't Backup

    This problem (and a host of other backup/startup/restore problems) is undoubtedly related to a recent automatic update to Windows. I first had this very problem about 3 weeks ago but having figured out that it began very shortly after I installed an update to Windows (my version is XP SP 3). For what it is worth I think (but CANNOT BE SURE) that the conflict lay in the .NET framework update I tried rolling back the updates one by one without a great deal of success (MS makes it pretty hard to do) I then did a restore from Retrospect to my Windows folder of a week earlier. Hey presto problem gone and Retrospect ran smoothly for the next three weeks UNTIL friday when another Win update was accepted (by my kids) and resulted in a usual 10minute 1 am backup still hanging the computer 11 hours later. Yes I know the easy solution would have been to repeat what I had done previously but somehow my backup folder was corrupted and all of my backup files disappeared. So far I have tried reinstalling Windows XP (repair install) NO CHANGE, Reinstalling Retropsect (no change), upgrading retrospect to version 7.7 (no change) and about to try to look for another backup solution. Clearly the number of hang/error/fail to start problems that have cropped up in the last few weeks on the bulletin boards are related to this update issue. We all had a fully functioning product beforehand and we are all experiencing (and describing slightly differently) much the same issues. PLEASE ROXIO person, find the conflict and give us a resolution path otherwise my multi year use (and upgrades) of your otherwise excellent product will end. Just can't spend hours and hours trying to make my back up solution viable.
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    Retrospect Suddenly Slows My Pc

    This problem (and a host of other backup/startup/restore problems) is undoubtedly related to a recent automatic update to Windows. I first had this very problem about 3 weeks ago but having figured out that it began very shortly after I installed an update to Windows (my version is XP SP 3). For what it is worth I think (but CANNOT BE SURE) that the conflict lay in the .NET framework update I tried rolling back the updates one by one without a great deal of success (MS makes it pretty hard to do) I then did a restore from Retrospect to my Windows folder of a week earlier. Hey presto problem gone and Retrospect ran smoothly for the next three weeks UNTIL friday when another Win update was accepted (by my kids) and resulted in a usual 10minute 1 am backup still hanging the computer 11 hours later. Yes I know the easy solution would have been to repeat what I had done previously but somehow my backup folder was corrupted and all of my backup files disappeared. So far I have tried reinstalling Windows XP (repair install) NO CHANGE, Reinstalling Retropsect (no change), upgrading retrospect to version 7.7 (no change) and about to try to look for another backup solution. Clearly the number of hang/error/fail to start problems that have cropped up in the last few weeks on the bulletin boards are related to this update issue. We all had a fully functioning product beforehand and we are all experiencing (and describing slightly differently) much the same issues. PLEASE ROXIO person, find the conflict and give us a resolution path otherwise my multi year use (and upgrades) of your otherwise excellent product will end. Just can't spend hours and hours trying to make my back up solution viable.
  13. This problem (and a host of other backup/startup/restore problems) is undoubtedly related to a recent automatic update to Windows. I first had this very problem about 3 weeks ago but having figured out that it began very shortly after I installed an update to Windows (my version is XP SP 3). For what it is worth I think (but CANNOT BE SURE) that the conflict lay in the .NET framework update I tried rolling back the updates one by one without a great deal of success (MS makes it pretty hard to do) I then did a restore from Retrospect to my Windows folder of a week earlier. Hey presto problem gone and Retrospect ran smoothly for the next three weeks UNTIL friday when another Win update was accepted (by my kids) and resulted in a usual 10minute 1 am backup still hanging the computer 11 hours later. Yes I know the easy solution would have been to repeat what I had done previously but somehow my backup folder was corrupted and all of my backup files disappeared. So far I have tried reinstalling Windows XP (repair install) NO CHANGE, Reinstalling Retropsect (no change), upgrading retrospect to version 7.7 (no change) and about to try to look for another backup solution. Clearly the number of hang/error/fail to start problems that have cropped up in the last few weeks on the bulletin boards are related to this update issue. We all had a fully functioning product beforehand and we are all experiencing (and describing slightly differently) much the same issues. PLEASE ROXIO person, find the conflict and give us a resolution path otherwise my multi year use (and upgrades) of your otherwise excellent product will end. Just can't spend hours and hours trying to make my back up solution viable.
  14. shmoozy1

    Retrospect Runs In Slow Motion

    This problem (and a host of other backup/startup/restore problems) is undoubtedly related to a recent automatic update to Windows. I first had this very problem about 3 weeks ago but having figured out that it began very shortly after I installed an update to Windows (my version is XP SP 3). For what it is worth I think (but CANNOT BE SURE) that the conflict lay in the .NET framework update I tried rolling back the updates one by one without a great deal of success (MS makes it pretty hard to do) I then did a restore from Retrospect to my Windows folder of a week earlier. Hey presto problem gone and Retrospect ran smoothly for the next three weeks UNTIL friday when another Win update was accepted (by my kids) and resulted in a usual 10minute 1 am backup still hanging the computer 11 hours later. Yes I know the easy solution would have been to repeat what I had done previously but somehow my backup folder was corrupted and all of my backup files disappeared. So far I have tried reinstalling Windows XP (repair install) NO CHANGE, Reinstalling Retropsect (no change), upgrading retrospect to version 7.7 (no change) and about to try to look for another backup solution. Clearly the number of hang/error/fail to start problems that have cropped up in the last few weeks on the bulletin boards are related to this update issue. We all had a fully functioning product beforehand and we are all experiencing (and describing slightly differently) much the same issues. PLEASE ROXIO person, find the conflict and give us a resolution path otherwise my multi year use (and upgrades) of your otherwise excellent product will end. Just can't spend hours and hours trying to make my back up solution viable.
  15. Hello and excuse my newbie naivete I am using Retrospect Backup 7.6.123 on an XP pro computer. I have the backup configured to include all files all folders "name matches anything" but always exclude: windows is recycling bin or matching Windows file path matches pattern e:\[folder name] or etc etc (a bunch of other specific path exclusions such as game folders)and then the last entry is: or matching Windows is Temporary Internet files Notwithstanding this I can observe Retrospect bloating the back up set every night by 500 mb or so of files that can only be temporary internet files (htm, jpg and other observable references to pages visited in the course of the day) No matter what I have done in many attempts to modify the exclusion line the program resolutely backs up the unwanted files. Can anyone please tell me what I have to do step by step (even if it means going back to scratch with the configuration) to stop this waste of space and backup time? Thank you,
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