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Do System Restore Points of type "Backup" require the Bkup

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    Do System Restore Points of type "Backup" require the Bkup


    Do System Restore Points of type Backup require the actual System Image Backup?

    I create a system image backup automatically every week using windows 8 system image backup(that hidden feature). So of course ALL my weekly System Restore Points are of type "BACKUP" i.e. System Image Restore Point & NOT "SYSTEM" i.e. "Automatic Restore Point" see pic below:

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    When the system image is created it also creates a "System Image Restore Point" of TYPE = "Backup", so my question is, does restoring my computer to one of these restore points actually require the corresponding "system image backup" to make the system restore point work?

    I refer only to making use of the system restore point in system protection AND NOT restoring a system image to, for example, a new hard drive.

    I hope my question is clear.Thanks Chris

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    When the system image is created it also creates a "System Image Restore Point" of TYPE = "Backup", so my question is, does restoring my computer to one of these restore points actually require the corresponding "system image backup" to make the system restore point work?



    I would say yes it needs the image file. Using the disk cleanup utility you have the option of deleting old system restore backups and shadow copies I believe. And for someone with a decent number of backups this is a massive amount of storage regained because it deletes old images (except the last one) so these backups can get large. So without the image file, the entry is removed and it can't be restored to that point without that image file. Hopefully I understood the question correctly enough.
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    From the looks of your picture you have a lot of restore points.
    How much space are they taking up ?

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    Windows 8.1 64Bit


    Thanks bboes13
    I had the same question posted on another tech forum, the reply I got from there was that NO there is no association or dependency between the created system image & it's corresponding restore point of type 'Backup'. So the system image may be deleted without effecting the corresponding saved restore point. Is kind of confusing, but makes sense. Thx for your reply, have wonderful new year, why stop at a year, .... have a wonderful life..lol
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    Yeah that sounds confusing. Can you link me that forum page please? Have a good life yourself!
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    Windows 8.1 64Bit


    Hi David the restore points use 6.43GB I hv allocated 1%(7.14GB). I wish others would be as instructive with their replies as you, pic paint a 1000GB words..lol
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    Windows 8.1 64Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by bboes13 View Post
    Yeah that sounds confusing. Can you link me that forum page please? Have a good life yourself!
    Sure
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