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Windows 7: Window 7 system restore

17 Mar 2012   #1
xxfunguyxx

windows vista
 
 
Window 7 system restore

Hi guys...

I had a pc problem and I used "repair" option and "system restore" it gave me an option to choose the time of when I wish to restore my pc to. Anyways it worked very well. My question is how does my computer decide which time period I am allowed to restore my pc back to and how do i add time periods? thanks


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17 Mar 2012   #2
C-11

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums.

You can set a Restore Point at any time.

A tutorial
System Restore - Windows 7 Forums
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17 Mar 2012   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

A computer makes restore points whenever you do things on it, such as adding a program or installing an update. You can also create a restore point any time you want. As time goes by you can also increase the amount of space system restore uses on the harddrive. You are the one that chooses what time period you want the system restored to.
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17 Mar 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xxfunguyxx View Post
My question is how does my computer decide which time period I am allowed to restore my pc back to and how do i add time periods? thanks
You can directly control the amount of space devoted to System Restore through its interface accessible via control panel.

The more space you give it, the farther back in time you can go.

I have 7 GB devoted to System Restore. That currently gives me 9 restore points dating back over 3 weeks. If I wanted to be able to restore to 6 months ago, I would have to increase the space devoted to System Restore to perhaps 50 GB---but I've never wanted to go back more than a few days in reality. So 7 GB is plenty for me. Adjust it according to your own needs.

As the space fills up, the oldest restore point is deleted to make room for a new one.
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17 Mar 2012   #5
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You should also look into creating backup images.
You can use programs such as Macrium, Acronis, Windows backup, etc.
There are a lot of advantages to backup images over restore points.
A backup image can save you from having to re-install windows and all programs if a catastrophe does happen.

There are SF Tutorials in the "Backup and Restore" section that are helpful.

Tutorials - Windows 7 Forums
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17 Mar 2012   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I have 7 GB devoted to System Restore. That currently gives me 9 restore points dating back over 3 weeks.
I am unable to find the amount of space on my System Restore. Where do I go to find that?
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17 Mar 2012   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

one way to get there is:

Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings
System Protection tab
select the partition, click configure
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18 Mar 2012   #8
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
one way to get there is:

Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings
System Protection tab
select the partition, click configure
Thanks very much
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18 Mar 2012   #9
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

This tutorial explains how to change the amount of HDD space reserved for shadow storage and system restore points.

System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

Obviously, if you reduce this space you reduce the number of restore points and when the reserved drive space is full, Windows will delete the oldest restore point.

On today's large hard drives, the default of 10% is way too much and 10 GB should be ample.
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18 Mar 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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On today's large hard drives, the default of 10% is way too much and 10 GB should be ample.
10GB should give you 10 to 15 restore points - depending on the size of your system and whether user data is on the C partition too.

If you have a seperate data partition (recommended), you should enable restore points for that partition too. It is very handy in case you need to recover lost files. One uses Shadow Explorer for that.
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