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Windows 7: remove System Restore points individually?


18 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64), SP1
 
 
remove System Restore points individually?

Hi, I just used System Restore a couple days ago to recover from a bad Windows Update install. It has saved my hide a few times.

These 'points' have accumulated over time and are about to reach its capacity (75GB). After it reaches this threshold, I fear my manual updates are going to be eaten away. Is there any way to keep the manual points I've made, but remove the points Windows has automatically generated?


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18 Dec 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

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18 Dec 2013   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Double View Post
Hi, I just used System Restore a couple days ago to recover from a bad Windows Update install. It has saved my hide a few times.

These 'points' have accumulated over time and are about to reach its capacity (75GB). After it reaches this threshold, I fear my manual updates are going to be eaten away. Is there any way to keep the manual points I've made, but remove the points Windows has automatically generated?
"restore points" are actually the "old state" of blocks on disk. They are used to be able to rollback the disk to an earlier state. So "restore points" are incremental!!

So you cannot delete restore points somewhere in the middle... it is only possible if you merge them together. But that won't give you any extra space (only blocks that are rewritten in both restore points).
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18 Dec 2013   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Double View Post
Hi, I just used System Restore a couple days ago to recover from a bad Windows Update install. It has saved my hide a few times.

These 'points' have accumulated over time and are about to reach its capacity (75GB). After it reaches this threshold, I fear my manual updates are going to be eaten away. Is there any way to keep the manual points I've made, but remove the points Windows has automatically generated?
System Restore Explorer - View, Delete and Browse Inside System Restore Points
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18 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64), SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
"restore points" are actually the "old state" of blocks on disk. They are used to be able to rollback the disk to an earlier state. So "restore points" are incremental!!

So you cannot delete restore points somewhere in the middle... it is only possible if you merge them together. But that won't give you any extra space (only blocks that are rewritten in both restore points).
Wow, thanks for the link! But umm.. didn't you just contradict yourself? You said that deleting restore points in the middle wasn't possible? ...that they can only be merged together?

I thought creating a restore point just took a snapshot of the registry and took note of any changed installs?
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18 Dec 2013   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Double View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
"restore points" are actually the "old state" of blocks on disk. They are used to be able to rollback the disk to an earlier state. So "restore points" are incremental!!

So you cannot delete restore points somewhere in the middle... it is only possible if you merge them together. But that won't give you any extra space (only blocks that are rewritten in both restore points).
Wow, thanks for the link! But umm.. didn't you just contradict yourself? You said that deleting restore points in the middle wasn't possible? ...that they can only be merged together?

I thought creating a restore point just took a snapshot of the registry and took note of any changed installs?
I "restore point" is a snapshot of registry and files.... just everything on disk volume. Actually it's the OLD contents of disk blocks.

You can delete a restore point... just like creating it never happened. But if it never happened... the previous restore point would be larger. Larger because it is kind of a merge.
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18 Dec 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64), SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
I "restore point" is a snapshot of registry and files.... just everything on disk volume. Actually it's the OLD contents of disk blocks.

You can delete a restore point... just like creating it never happened. But if it never happened... the previous restore point would be larger. Larger because it is kind of a merge.
What do you mean the previous restore point would be larger? It almost sounds like a restore point would be corrupt if it were "merged" with another? These restore points will still function as they always have, won't they?

For example.. lets say I encounter a virus, System Restore, and a month later decide to remove the restore point containing the virus. Are you saying that removing the point would actually merge that point with an adjacent point, potentially resurrecting the virus if the adjacent point was chosen as a restore point at a later time? I hope that makes sense.

I installed and tried the freeware you mentioned and it worked well. It seems that removing the auto-generated points freed up less gigabyte space than I expected. Are manual points any larger than auto-generated ones?
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18 Dec 2013   #8

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I also use Ccleaner to remove unwanted restore points. Exactly how it does it I don't know.
After removing a infection I use Windows to remove all restore points and create a new one.
Infection can and do get into restore points.
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18 Dec 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64), SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Infection can and do get into restore points.
errr.. they do? you've made me paranoid before, but this..
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18 Dec 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

System Restore was designed as a means of quickly restoring the system to normal operation after a problem develops. It is best used as soon as possible after the problem occurs. It is not a long term solution. The further back you go the more likely that the restore will fail or cause more problems than it solves. On the few occasions I have used system restore it was always the most recent restore point.

If you want a long term backup you need an image backup. System Restore is not it.
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