So just because curiosity got the best of me (I never intended on keeping the program because of Comodo's privacy issues – just install and see what it is all about) I installed Comodo Time Machine earlier today. After just poking around, I decided I had enough and proceded to uninstall it. I could not find an uninstall entry in RevoUninstaller – which really ticked me off – but I just Googled to see how to uninstall Comodo Time Machine so it wasn't that big of a deal. After uninstallation, I am told I need to restart my computer – fine, I did that (albiet not directly after it told me).
During reboot, Comodo's boot environment launches and tells me is "uninstalling". I let it do its thing. It does its thing and restarts my computer. After the restart, to my amazement and frustration, I am unable to load Windows; I get past my initial screen and when the "Windows is loading" or similar message is supposed to show, I just get a black screen. I instantly suspect something is up, yet try to level best to try to load Windows (multiple restarts, trying to force boot into safe mode which my laptop never seems to be able to do, etc.). The darn thing just doesn't work. As I realize that I may have to reformat my computer, I try a last ditch attempt to pop in my Windows CD and repair boot/do system restore. Repairing boot does not work, and it turns out that I had no restore points to use (either I just cleared my system restore points recently or something was wrong, I don't know).
As I start cursing underneath by breath, I recall that I had just backed up my whole hard drive to an external hard drive for the purposes of reviewing Paragon System Backup. I count my blessings until I realize I had not created bootable media which would allow me to restore my snapshots. The irony is I had a whole paragraph in my Paragon System Backup review on how "human stupitidy" often got in the way of programs such as when people refused to create bootable media. (In my defense, though, I didn't create bootable media because I never intended on keeping/using Paragon System Backup.) Anyway, once I concluded that I would either have to reformat (and risk losing all my data… including my important data) or I could restore my hard drive via Paragon System Backup's snapshot, I decided upon the later and quickly went to create a bootable USB drive from another computer. So then I go through all the motions, and 1-1.5 hours later my computer is back to pre-Comdo Time Machine state and all is well.
Now – possible privacy issues aside – for me to make a blanket statement about "how back CTM is" based on one incident would not be fair because it could have been a one-time incident, and there could have been factors out of CTM's control that caused it (I just don't know). However, between Paragon System Backup's review and changing servers for dotTech, I have had 4 maybe 5 hours of sleep today. Combine that with the fact that I could have been watching the latest episode of Lost during the time it took me to restore from the snapshot, all I have to say is Comodo Time Machine should do burn in a really, really large fire.
So, on a happier note, how is everyone doing today?
Precisely my experience just before you gave away the Backup4All software. I, too, went to uninstall it and exactly the same thing happened. I tried everything you did. Wouldn't boot in safe mode. Boot repair didn't work. Etc, etc. A nightmare. I wished I had a time machine to take me back to before I had installed Comodo's appalling Time Machine. I didn't have a drive image, so in the end – all other options exhausted and sick of the time it was taking to get my comp up and running again – I reformated. There was just no other way around it that I could find. So please, if you want to start a really, really large fire, I'll happily bring the matches. And to anyone else out there tempted to install this piece of c**p, take this as a warning. Do so at your own peril – particularly should you ever feel the need to uninstall it.
I've never actually tried CTM but thanks to all of you for the warning, i've had a bit of a problem at the moment with Zemana Anitlogger, i uninstalled it and think the uninstall may have almost killed my machine!!!!
BURN ZEMANA ANTILOGGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
glad i got that out of my system, i think i'll go pwn some noobs on a really Violent Game!!!!
LOL indeed Ashraf. In fact I'll even go as far as to say LOL all the way.
I'd even repeat it if anyone missed the point. I got your hyperlink on the other thread chief & never laughed so loudly or for so long.
Hey blog family – A few days back I was like wow dottech is adding more new members every day than ever before over the last 42 days. I must needs update my figures now. It is adding even more now! We've added 8 over the last 2 days.
While some sites fizzle this one sizzles. Being funny is serious business & is especially required when one is being serious.
Man there is humour & sense all over this blogsite – in the forum (pick any thread) & in the main blog (pick any thread). There is a neat one Ozzie wrote about shallow gene pools (read it in Excel to PDF in forum). Laugh your guts out; but do remember to put them back in afterwards. We don't want any dottechie being called gutless. Do we?
And so I say LOL, LOL, LOL & for the record am adding one more LOL to it. So there!
And all software from Balesio needs to be added to the fire as well. It was a GOTD offering that the developer apparently forgot to buy licenses for something that added right-click context menu entries. The end result was that I could no longer run anything as an administrator until I uninstalled it. There's a more detailed post somewhere in these forums.
I also wanted to test CTM – which is free – whereas I used EAZ-Fix (paying).
I couldn't install it purely and simply : reboot permanent at the end of the installation.
Apparently (confirmed by others posts on their forum), the fact that EAZ was installed then uninstalled beforehand would constitute an obstacle to a correct installation of their program.
I had, on the other hand, no problem to uninstall it during a reboot (fortunately !) and there was no damage with the PC (Win XP SP3).
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