restore points every day

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
June 29, 2010 at 11:42:12
Specs: Windows XP, 512mb
Hi. I notice that each day "system checkpoint" creates a new restore point on my computer, is this normal? Before as I recall it seems a new point was only created four or five times a month and I had a couple months history. I am set for 3% of a 60gb drive a have a couple weeks history. thanks joe

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June 29, 2010 at 12:17:24
By default a System Checkpoint is created everyday. This is normal and as it should be. The system will also create a restore point at significant events, such as an application installation.

There is little benefit in having restore points more than a few weeks old. Any more than that and a system restore is likely to do more harm than good.

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July 2, 2010 at 12:51:05
If you know the last restore point is a good one then it is okay to remove all the others and do so occaisionally.

To delete all but the last one:

Right click on My Computer, Select Explore.

Right click on C: drive and select Properties.

Click on Disk Clean-up and after the scan completes click on More Options to find the option to delete the restore points leaving only one point.


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July 2, 2010 at 14:14:26
I would suggest a different strategy.

set restore points to once a week
after a month only keep one per month.

For example you would have 4 restore points for the month of June but would only keep the first weeks restore point for May.

The reason for this is you don't always know if your last restore point was good or not. You don't always know exactly when the system first got corrupted. By having some history you have more options for recovery.

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