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^ If there is a way to get VSS snapshots to include System Restore points either just for Reflect or in general, I don't know of it. I've only had one good experience with System Restore, and it was in a situation involving my work laptop where I didn't have image backups and System Restore was the only option before a full reimage. It was the only time I used it and had it actually work, and I haven't used it since. I personally would always choose a Reflect restore over a System Restore, but that admittedly may have a lot to do with the fact that I keep my personal data on a separate partition from my OS, and therefore a Reflect restore in my case does not involve rolling back all of my personal data. The fact that System Restore offers that capability without any partitioning can admittedly be an attractive option -- when it works.
But out of curiosity, how often would you need to restore a Reflect backup and THEN run System Restore from that restored backup? It seems to me that if that need were expected to be reasonably likely, it would make more sense to simply retain more Reflect backups.
System Restore points to me were much more valuable under Windows 7 when they included easy access to the Previous Versions feature. That was dropped in Windows 8 in favor of File History, which requires an external hard drive or network share. That's a much better backup solution, but I really liked Previous Versions because it gave you a quick and easy way to maintain earlier versions of your files on your own local disk. So even though it wasn't a substitute for a proper backup, it was an easy way to recover from an accidental deletion or something, even if you were on the go and away from your File History target. And Previous Versions is still in the newest releases of Windows Server (called Shadow Copies there), and client systems when browsing a share hosted by a Windows server where that feature is enabled can still see the Previous Versions tab. But Microsoft in their infinite wisdom simply decided to remove it from the client versions for their own data.