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Where are the system restore files?

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    Where are the system restore files?


    I need to restore to an earlier time to possibly solve a problem. But I don't want to lose the system restore point I just manually created of the present state so I can return to it if necessary. So I want to copy the recent restore point to my data partition to find and use it if necessary. Where do I find it and how would I restore from it.
    Thanks.

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    St. Augustine
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    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousOne View Post
    I need to restore to an earlier time to possibly solve a problem. But I don't want to lose the system restore point I just manually created of the present state so I can return to it if necessary. So I want to copy the recent restore point to my data partition to find and use it if necessary. Where do I find it and how would I restore from it.
    Thanks.
    I have successfully used System Restore frequently over many years and from my experience the system will automatically create an additional restore point to allow the user to revert back to the point before any restore operation. I hope that makes sense.

    If you have multiple restore points I don't know if you can carve out any single one to store somewhere else.
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Restore Points are like a Diff mechanism. It does no good to try to save them up. That's why backup programs just skip over them. But as gator mentioned, after you do a restore there will be a new Restore Point that is usually named Restore Operation or something similar. That is for an undo.

    Instead of relying too much on Restore Points there are many high quality free imaging programs you can use to image your system to an external drive. Macrium Reflect is a good one. You can find a list of free ones here:
    Free Hard Disk Backup and Restore, Hard Disk Image and Cloning Utilities (thefreecountry.com)

    Edit: Make sure the disk imaging software can handle UEFI/GPT systems. Otherwise you can mess your system up totally if you restore with a program that still thinks all systems are MBR based.
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    Thank you both. I do have both macrium and acronis 2014. I just thought it would be faster with system restore, but I'll use one of the imaging tools.
    Thanks
    *How do I find out if my system even uses UEFI/GPT?
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    St. Augustine
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    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousOne View Post
    *How do I find out if my system even uses UEFI/GPT?
    Control Panel/Administrative Tools/System Information

    Look at BIOS Mode

    I can attest that Macrium works great, have been using it for a couple of years with UEFI. Although I have not used it, Acronis will work as well but my preference is Macrium.
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousOne View Post
    Thank you both. I do have both macrium and acronis 2014. I just thought it would be faster with system restore, but I'll use one of the imaging tools.
    Thanks
    *How do I find out if my system even uses UEFI/GPT?
    If you hit hotkey Winkey x then in the Menu, Disk Management. If you right click on Disk 0 then click Properties and click Volume Tab it will say Guid Partition Table GPT.
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    Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousOne View Post
    Thank you.
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    On these forums they use a "reputation" system as a thank you. If a post was helpful just click the Thumbs Up icon at the bottom of the post.

    Glad we could be helpful. I know how it is to get to the hair ripping stage at times.
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    Fwiw
    I'm using Tapatalk on my android phone to access this forum. Tapatalk has the thanks/thumbs up icon available on most forums it accesses but for some reason it does not appear on this forum. Maybe the forum owner did not implement it in Tapatalk.
    Last edited by CuriousOne; 27 Jun 2015 at 11:42.
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