How to set System Restore Points in Windows 7

April 17, 2015 at 07:49:08
Specs: Windows 7
why do I have only one recent restore point in my Win 7 PC? In XP I had a selection of several points to select from. Is Win & different?

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#1
April 17, 2015 at 08:19:47
Windows 7 should also show several restore points. If necessary you can adjust the size allowance for them:
http://windowstipoftheday.blogspot....

At the same time check that restore is on for your system drive (not required for data drives). You could also see what happens if you create a new restore point manually.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
April 17, 2015 at 15:06:04

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#3
April 17, 2015 at 20:50:00
Don't forget to look for the "Show More Restore Points" whenever you need to do a restore so you see the other ones rather than just the most recent one(s).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
April 18, 2015 at 06:56:50
I only find two restore points on my computer, less than an hour
apart yesterday morning, just over 24 hours ago. There should
be a bunch of them going back to March 15, over a month ago.
I checked the checkbox, clicked both the Next and Back buttons
several times, and clicked on both entries, blank spaces, and
the header of the list, with no new entries showing up.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
April 18, 2015 at 07:22:45
As Derek stated, you may need to change the settings. Also, if your drive is too full there may not be room for more.

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#6
April 18, 2015 at 07:36:19
Where are they saved?

Edit to add zinger:

I clicked on the Configure button and found that not only had I
turned System Restore off, I moved the slider all the way to zero
space to use. So now the question is why I even see those two
restore points from yesterday! One is labled "Automatic Restore
Point" and the other is "Windows Update". (I went to Windows
Update to get the list of updates, and in order to do so I had to
install the update for Windows Update! :-)

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#7
April 18, 2015 at 09:10:09
Because you didn't delete those two. No telling at this point if you had system restore setup with default settings or something else.

I believe that when installing something system restore may create a restore point EVEN if you have it turned off. That is to protect you in case the install goes South and the system will not run.

System restore also has a default setting tied to a number of reboots, if memory serves me correctly.


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#8
April 18, 2015 at 10:11:33
OtheHill wrote:

> Because you didn't delete those two.

I personally didn't delete any restore points.

> No telling at this point if you had system restore setup with
> default settings or something else.

I changed the settings to the way I described them -- turned off and
zero space -- within a day or so after Installing Windows on March 15.
I forgot that I did that until I clicked the 'Configure' button again and
saw what I'd done. Sometime not too long ago I asked here about
turning off System Restore, since I've never used it.

> I believe that when installing something system restore may create
> a restore point EVEN if you have it turned off. That is to protect you
> in case the install goes South and the system will not run.

Which appears to be what it did. Maybe the 'zero' setting caused any
previous restore points to be deleted....

> System restore also has a default setting tied to a number of reboots,
> if memory serves me correctly.

Sometime yesterday -- maybe when the "Automatic Restore Point"
early yesterday was made -- the computer was on but I hadn't touched
it in a while, and I saw the HDD activity light come on solid. So I looked
in Task Scheduler to see if it showed recent activity, and it showed that
a Restore Point had just been made. (That is why I forgot that I had
turned off restore points-- because I had *just* seen one made!) When
I looked at that info, I read what the triggers are, but I, too, have forgotten
already exactly what they are.

Sorry for the sidetrack.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#9
April 18, 2015 at 13:41:24
When you set restore to zero I believe it keeps the last one. Not absolutely sure but it probably then replaces it with the latest one (made when you install a program or update).

Opinions vary but my preference is to have some restore points as an easy way forward if something goes egg shaped.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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