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Windows 7: Change to System Restore in Windows 7

19 Mar 2010   #1
smalcom

Windows Vista
 
 
Change to System Restore in Windows 7

Can anyone verify the information that I just received from Microsoft about System Restore?

According to the tech I spoke to, Windows 7 will only create an automatic restore point if no other restore point has been created within the past seven days, regardless of how the restore point was created. If a program installation, program uninstall, manual restore point, etc. has been created, a full seven days must elapse before an automatic restore point is created.

Windows Vista created a restore point every 24 hours, no matter what else had created a restore point.

Is this the new behavior of Systerm Restore?

If this is how it works now, I think that it might be wise to create a manual restore point after installation of a large or important program or update.


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19 Mar 2010   #2
TheSchaft

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smalcom View Post
Can anyone verify the information that I just received from Microsoft about System Restore?

According to the tech I spoke to, Windows 7 will only create an automatic restore point if no other restore point has been created within the past seven days, regardless of how the restore point was created. If a program installation, program uninstall, manual restore point, etc. has been created, a full seven days must elapse before an automatic restore point is created.

Windows Vista created a restore point every 24 hours, no matter what else had created a restore point.

Is this the new behavior of Systerm Restore?

If this is how it works now, I think that it might be wise to create a manual restore point after installation of a large or important program or update.
The Microsoft tech was probably correct. I say "probably" because I use MSE and it creates a daily restore point before is begins its scan.

Using MSE and setting it to create the restore point (Settings -> Advanced) will kill two birds with one stone, as it were.
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19 Mar 2010   #3
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes it is correct,

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Scheduled restore points

System Restore can be configured to create restore points at regular intervals. Users can also manually create and name a restore point at any time from within the System Restore user interface. These restore points are saved and compressed, and these choices are available to the user through the System Restore user interface. System Restore in Windows 7 creates a scheduled restore point only if no other restore points have been created in the last 7 days. System Restore in Windows Vista creates a checkpoint every 24 hours if no other restore points were created that day. System Restore in Windows XP creates a checkpoint every 24 hours of absolute time.
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If this is how it works now, I think that it might be wise to create a manual restore point after installation of a large or important program or update.
That is entirely up to you. Some programs will set a restore point before installing and some won't, if concerned about it you can always create one manually beforehand just in case the program doesn't. Same goes for Windows Update and driver updates, they should trigger one, but you can still create one manually just in case.

Also you don't need to worry about restore points filling up the hard drive, they will only take up as much space as set too, the once the limit has been reached work on the FIFO principle (first in, first out) and overwrite/delete the oldest.
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