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How to make Win8 make restore points automatically

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    Windows 8 Enterprise

    How to make Win8 make restore points automatically


    Previously when I was using Windows 7, the system restore points were created automatically whenever I installed a new SW or made other similar system change. But it seems not the case in Win 8 any more.

    I am a SW developer. Although I normally test our SW on virtual machines, but some other time I just install part of it directly on the development machine. The SW of course might have some problem. Today when I tried to restore my system to a status right before I installed the problem SW, I just found out that I don't have these restore points. The system indeed created some restore points automatically, but those don't seem to cover all the changes I made to the system. Is there a way to configure it? Thanks!

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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Maybe your restore point disk space allocation is inadequate to hold all restore points that might be created automatically. My record of restore points implies that restore points are being created for all SW installations, but the record does not go very far back in time.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    Take a look at those tutorial:
    Restore Point - Create in Windows 8
    System Restore Point Shortcut - Windows 7 Forums
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    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Thanks for the replies. I found out one interesting fact: in Windows 8 (or maybe in Win 7 as well, I didn't thing about it before) the system protection seems to be done on a drive's level, meaning I can configure the protection on one hard disk to "on" and on another as "off". In fact I added one 120 GB SSD when I installed Windows 8 so now there are two hard disks (the other one has Windows 7 installed and also acts as some data drive on Win 8). My current configuration of system restore is to have the protections on both disks as "on". And I can see the reserved space on the second disk is almost full (current usage 103 vs. max usage 106 GB. While on the first one is not). Could it be the reason why no more system restore points could be created?

    And I have to say I don't understand how it works then. What if I only have protection on the first disk, and then install something on the second disk? The installation would of course write something to the registry which is on the first disk. So would there be a restore point? If so, what would happen if I choose to restore to this point? Since the second disk doesn't have protection, it won't be restored in any manner. But the registry will point to some component on the second disk due to the restore. Would it be a mess?
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    I have Windows 8 OEM - came with my new month old computer.

    Mine makes restore dates automatically, I've noticed. Only used it one. I had three dates. After using it the dates were erased. Now there is only the last date restored January 13, 2013.

    Windows 8 How To: 29. Restore System to a Previous State Using Restore Point - Dr. Z's Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    The blog says system restore automatically sets points for Windows updates and maintenance ! I have downloaded some outside updates several times, such as Adobe Reader and others and NO restore points were made.

    Windows 8 is quirky. I've noticed some other features that didn't seem to come along from Windows 7 or Vista Home Premium. Windows 8 kept a lot of "stuff" from previous versions but seems to have left some out to.
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    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by wetibbe View Post
    I have Windows 8 OEM - came with my new month old computer.

    Mine makes restore dates automatically, I've noticed. Only used it one. I had three dates. After using it the dates were erased. Now there is only the last date restored January 13, 2013.

    Windows 8 How To: 29. Restore System to a Previous State Using Restore Point - Dr. Z's Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    The blog says system restore automatically sets points for Windows updates and maintenance ! I have downloaded some outside updates several times, such as Adobe Reader and others and NO restore points were made.

    Windows 8 is quirky. I've noticed some other features that didn't seem to come along from Windows 7 or Vista Home Premium. Windows 8 kept a lot of "stuff" from previous versions but seems to have left some out to.
    Wow, that's brand-new information. Could somebody verify that whether Windows 8 will make restore points when a third party SW is installed? I am sure that Windows 7 does. And that's what I really need.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    My 8 makes automatic restore points for third-party software installed; it looks like it does it all the time. Third-party updates not included as far as I know.
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    My 8 makes automatic restore points for third-party software installed; it looks like it does it all the time. Third-party updates not included as far as I know.
    But that's not the case on my computer (enterprise version). Did you do some additional configuration to control it? And since I have two disks, one set the protection to "off" (although I normally install SW on the one which has the OS and the protection), does it affect it?
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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by tetelee View Post
    Thanks for the replies. I found out one interesting fact: in Windows 8 (or maybe in Win 7 as well, I didn't thing about it before) the system protection seems to be done on a drive's level, meaning I can configure the protection on one hard disk to "on" and on another as "off". In fact I added one 120 GB SSD when I installed Windows 8 so now there are two hard disks (the other one has Windows 7 installed and also acts as some data drive on Win 8). My current configuration of system restore is to have the protections on both disks as "on". And I can see the reserved space on the second disk is almost full (current usage 103 vs. max usage 106 GB. While on the first one is not). Could it be the reason why no more system restore points could be created?
    This was certainly true in XP.

    You could configure drives separately even in XP, but if you had one drive full, it meant System Restore stopped working for all drives, in the manner you describe, so the recommended way in XP was only to switch it on for your System drive. Must admit I don't know if Win 8 works the same way.
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    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tetelee View Post
    Thanks for the replies. I found out one interesting fact: in Windows 8 (or maybe in Win 7 as well, I didn't thing about it before) the system protection seems to be done on a drive's level, meaning I can configure the protection on one hard disk to "on" and on another as "off". In fact I added one 120 GB SSD when I installed Windows 8 so now there are two hard disks (the other one has Windows 7 installed and also acts as some data drive on Win 8). My current configuration of system restore is to have the protections on both disks as "on". And I can see the reserved space on the second disk is almost full (current usage 103 vs. max usage 106 GB. While on the first one is not). Could it be the reason why no more system restore points could be created?
    This was certainly true in XP.

    You could configure drives separately even in XP, but if you had one drive full, it meant System Restore stopped working for all drives, in the manner you describe, so the recommended way in XP was only to switch it on for your System drive. Must admit I don't know if Win 8 works the same way.
    But what would happen in the situation I described above? The scenario is: I make C drive (system drive) have protection, but D drive don't. Then I install a SW called AA on D drive. Assume I have enough space, the system will then make restore point. Then I delete the installed files on D drive, and maybe mess it up a little bit on C drive as well, for example, with the registry. After that, I decide I want to restore the system to the state right after I installed AA. I guess the registry will be restored, maybe also the desktop icon and start up menu for AA. But since D drive doesn't get restored, AA will not be ran correctly. In another word, this is really a messed up situation. Am I right?
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