Ramon Amira wrote:?... It's a miracle that the system restore actually completed successfully, which it rarely does with Windows Seven ...... Just that Windows Seven System Restore is a disaster as opposed the perfection of Windows XP System Restore, but I got lucky
I've used System Restore a few times with Windows 7 and have never had any problems ....
that is, I never had any problems after I realised that the antivirus I had been using blocked changes to the boot files and that, in turn, prevented System Restore completing. (The solution was to turn off "boot protection" in the antivirus - do the System Restore - then re-enable the antivirus "boot protection".)
So it might well be that you System Restore failures you had experienced were due to your antivirus software, rather than Windows 7.
Congratulations on solving the problem.