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Windows 7: How to make restore points last forever

15 Mar 2011   #1
hatemf23

Windows 7 Professional, 64bit
 
 
How to make restore points last forever

Hi,

I know old restore points are deleted when new ones are made and the space reserved for it is filled up, but with windows automatically making backups whenever I install a program it becomes useless, ecpecially that it seems there is only room for 4 restore points on my system... (I checked the "show more restore points" theres nothing)

For example yesterday I was trying to make a game work, installing it many times, each time directx is installed automatically and a restore point is taken, so now all the restore points I have were made yesterday.

My question is how to stop windows from making restore points on its own and more importantly how to make these points last for ever (or atleast much much longer)

thanks.


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15 Mar 2011   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

For both Vista and Seven, Increase the allotted space for SR
System Restore - disk space - Vista Forums

You can go to task mangager and turn off the default once a week SR point.

At best they are deleted after 3 months, and I do not know of a way to stop restore points from being made automatically.
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15 Mar 2011   #3
James Colbert

 
 

In addition to what Rich has suggested, a good imaging program is a good bet. You can keep a partition forever (longer than you own the machine, even ). I use Acronis True Image, but there are plenty of good (basic featured) free imaging programs out there. Many recommend Macrium Reflect.

James
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15 Mar 2011   #4
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The best way to have more restore points is to allocate more disk space to them.
There is no way I know of to keep them forever.
I generally only use a few while installing new software, etc. I prefer to image my system periodically.
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15 Mar 2011   #5
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

I dont know how to make a restore point last forever, but if you Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup , it will remain forever, unless you delete it.... and if it is kept alongwith User Folders - Change Default Location , it will serve the same purpose .
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15 Mar 2011   #6
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Another point is that you shouldn't really use System Restore points more than a couple of weeks old anyway. I believe the whole idea of it was to give you an escape route if you installed something or did something that damaged or corrupted System files, you could just pick a point to just before you did the damage and return the machine to working order. Going back too far in time could lead to all sorts of problems especially considering all the changes that may have happened during the time.

Those are my thoughts on it for what it's worth.
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15 Mar 2011   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't use restore points all that often. Instead make a system image with something like Macrium Reflect Free and use that instead. You can take images as often as you want and keep as many as you want.
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15 Mar 2011   #8
hatemf23

Windows 7 Professional, 64bit
 
 

Thanks every one, I increased the maximum space for SR (it was only 1.8 GB)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
You can go to task mangager and turn off the default once a week SR point.

At best they are deleted after 3 months
I looked around but couldnt find how to do this in the task manager... are they deleted after 3 months anyway even if theres space?

As for taking a system image should I use a program or the windows backup future? which one creates a smaller file?
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15 Mar 2011   #9
hatemf23

Windows 7 Professional, 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Don't use restore points all that often. Instead make a system image with something like Macrium Reflect Free and use that instead. You can take images as often as you want and keep as many as you want.
Yes im starting to think I should abandon SR totally and start making images.
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15 Mar 2011   #10
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

In my opinion the System Restore and the Backup serve different purposes. The main question for me is: how often do you want to do backups and how long are you going to keep the backup files from each particular date?

I use the Backup rather infrequently. I do not know if I can completely trust the "incremental' backup feature of programs such as Acronis. Therefore, if I am to keep several backup images at the same time, then I will inevitably run out of storage space.

Also, it takes a while to create a full system image. Suppose you want to install a new app, but you're not 100% sure you need it, you're just checking it out - that happens, right? Then, you are unlikely to make a Backup image just because you're installing a program. And what if you're installing 5 programs?

That's where the System Restore comes in. You install that app and it crashes your PC. Best thing to do - use the Restore point made just prior to that app installation. And it takes only a minute or so. But you don't really want to keep this Restore point forever - tomorrow or next time you install something else you will make another one and the "new" one will be as good as the "old" one.

So these are just the two different tools available to you. You decide which one you're gong to use based on your needs and experience.
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