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Windows 7: How many restore points should I have?

16 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
How many restore points should I have?

Just checked and I have one sytem restore point for today and one for two days ago - should there be more? Shouldn't windows automaticvally create them?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Dec 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

By default, Windows 7 creates one restore point every seven days or before significant system events such as a program or driver installation, some Windows Updates, etc.

System Restore Point - Create

It also depends on how much disk space you have set aside as to how many individual restore points will be saved.

System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

Since restore points serve a very limited function, I usually keep 3-4 at any given time. I rely more on system images to return my computer to a working condition. So depending on how large your hard drive is and how many restore points you feel comfortable keeping, this is a purely personal decision.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Dec 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello themaverick,

It depends on what you have the maximum storage space for restore points is set to.
System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage
With that said, Windows doesn't always create a restore point, so it would be best for you to manually create one before making any changes to the system to be able to undo them if needed.
System Restore Point - Create
Hope this helps,
Shawn


EDIT:
LOL, looks like Lee and I are thinking the same.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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16 Dec 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello themaverick,

It depends on what you have the maximum storage space for restore points is set to.
System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage
With that said, Windows doesn't always create a restore point, so it would be best for you to manually create one before making any changes to the system to be able to undo them if needed.
System Restore Point - Create
Hope this helps,
Shawn


EDIT:
LOL, looks like Lee and I are thinking the same.
Woo-hoo! My fingers were faster than yours, Shawn. Doin' the happy dance! This is a first for me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Dec 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

A month ago my PC wouldn't start and I had no restore pouints at all and had to reinstall windows which was hours of work getting everything back. Surely theres a way of automatically setting one every other day or similar?


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello themaverick,

It depends on what you have the maximum storage space for restore points is set to.
System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage
With that said, Windows doesn't always create a restore point, so it would be best for you to manually create one before making any changes to the system to be able to undo them if needed.
System Restore Point - Create
Hope this helps,
Shawn


EDIT:
LOL, looks like Lee and I are thinking the same.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Turns out system protection was off for my C: drive I have changed the % to 10 and it seems to be switched on now. See how that goes
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Dec 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Great news. If you like, you could use the tutorial below to make creating restore points as needed easier to do.

System Restore Point Shortcut
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