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Windows 7: System Restore Points

20 Dec 2015   #1

Windows 7
System Restore Points

Does your system make infrequent restore points? Do you create one occasionally?
Download Single Click Restore Point (SCRP.exe) and just hit manually or, as I do, put it in
Task Scheduler and run it automatically every 3 days. Depending on how you have System Restore
set up and how much space is allowed they can accumulate and take up a lot of space.
Run Disk Cleanup and when it does its thing go to More Options and click on lower Clean Up.
That will remove all but the last system restore point made. This is very good to do before making
a full system backup as it reduces many gigs of restore points.
Just an FYI.

(This does not take the place of full system image backups that should be done on a regular basis.
Disk or system fries and you can be back up and running in minutes and only as far behind as your
last system image backup.)

Just search SCRP.exe for download.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2015   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Right, system imaging is the way to go. Restore points are very volatile and pretty useless because you cannot rely on them.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2015   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I use three methods because I'm paranoid.
1. Clones on external ssd.
2. Images on a external ssd.
3. Restore Points of course from the "C" partition.

None of the three replace the others. They all have their good points.
So far all I have ever had to use is Restore Points and they worked as they should.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Dec 2015   #4

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Right, system imaging is the way to go. Restore points are very volatile and pretty useless because you cannot rely on them.
I can't argue you haven't had problems with restore points but, for me, it has always done what it
should do. Of course knowing the limitations of restore points helps understanding what it can save
and what it can't save.
@Layback Bear: Way back having towers and extra bays to put in a removable tray for a secondary
hard drive I would copy file for file from master to slave. But when system imaging came along it
really sped things along nicely and never had a problem. I use 5 folders with the images and rewrite
oldest one as the order came up.
Glad to see some know the importance of backups. There are 2 types of people who don't know --
those that have lost data and those that will.
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