If you have used Windows Backup and Recovery, you may know that it is not always reliable. To make matters worse, it may not even be enabled by default on some machines.
RollBack Rx is a free software that is in many ways better in my opinion. The program is compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows from Windows XP, including Windows 10.
Please note that there is a Home version and a Professional version of RollBack Rx. The Home version has some limitations, for example, it limits the total number of snapshots to 7 and does not support advanced features such as remote management or multi-disk support. On the other hand, it is totally free of charge.
RollBack Rx has a very simple graphical interface. The side panel has 5 tabs and the right panel displays the options of the currently selected tab.
The Home tab displays a pie chart of your hard disk space (used/free), as well as information about the latest snapshot/restoration.
You can also find 2 options here:
- Rollback Sytem – Use this option to go back to a snapshot taken previously. All it takes is a restart. You’ll have the option to create a new snapshot if you want to return to the current state.
- New Snapshot – As the name suggests, you can use it to create a new snapshot while preserving the current state of your OS.
Important : The program creates a basic snapshot that is quite large. This is the first snapshot, and all those who will be created in the future depend on it and use less space because of it. You can delete the snapshot from the baseline, but the program will create a new one the next time you take a snapshot.
Instant Recovery has options for Rollback System, Recover Files from snapshots and Explore Snapshot. The last option opens the snapshot as a virtual disk (displayed as a removable disk).
You can use it to recover all the data that has been saved in the snapshot.
The Snapshots tab lists all available restore points that have been created by RollBack Rx, and allows you to manage them.
The Event Log tab is a troubleshooting tool that stores information about events and problems.
The recovery console
This is the recovery environment that is available at startup just before Windows starts.
You can enter the console using the Home button during startup. There are options to cancel, take a new snapshot, uninstall the program, access some built-in tools and exit the restore. It’s very friendly and you’ll get used to it in no time.
RollBack Rx is a convenient program for Windows to create snapshots of the system partition so you can restore the snapshot at a later time. It works in a similar way to using programs to backup the system partition but integrates well in Windows.