Solved Will Windows 7 delete manual restore points

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
July 25, 2011 at 07:31:54
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, 8GB
I just got a new computer recently and I basically want to keep it that way. I have a partition for my OS and Programs and then another for my documents and everything else. After I installed all the programs that I want to keep on my computer permanently, I created a System Restore point. I plan to revert back to that restore point about every week or month if that gets too annoying. Anyway, will my computer eventually delete that manual restore point to make way for automatically created restore points? Or are the manual restore points always saved?

And also, does it affect the entire partition, that is, will it revert the registry and all files that are on that partition back to how it was at the restore point (which I want it to do)? I originally thought that it did, but when I opened system restore, it said that it won't affect documents, pictures, and other personal data. Is there a way where I can just make it affect everything? I usually download a lot of programs which I only use once or twice, so that is the main reason I want all files and registry to be reverted back to the time of the restore point.

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July 25, 2011 at 07:55:05
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Why would you want to do that? Between now & "whenever", Microsoft will be pushing hotfixes, security updates, etc., not to mention updates to your anti-virus, office software & any other programs you have installed. Every time you roll back, you'll lose all these updates & they will need to be reinstalled. If you want to keep your new computer "new", put it back in the box & put it in the closet.

As for your question about restore points, the system dedicates a certain percentage of drive space for System Restore use. Eventually, that space will fill up. Once the max limit is hit, old restore points will be lost as new ones are created.

Rather than relying on System Restore, maybe Drive Imaging would be more practical?

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July 25, 2011 at 07:59:36
I've thought of that and when new updates and stuff come out, I would simply go to my restore point, then install the needed updates, fixes, and patches, then create a new restore point.

However, since I posted this question, I have learned more about system restore, so instead of restore points, I will do imaging like you mentioned. Thanks.

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