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Automatically Create System Restore Point Every Other Day

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    Automatically Create System Restore Point Every Other Day


    Was reading this tutorial: Restore Point Automatic Creation - Disable in Windows

    And it says that "
    • System Restore in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 creates a scheduled restore point only if no other restore points have been created in the last 7 days."


    If I want to change this to the last 2 days is this possible?

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    If I want to change this to the last 2 days is this possible?
    Why?

    Are you working under the assumption that System Restore makes a complete backup of your install, so that if anything bad happens, you can restore to an earlier date? Because, if you are -- that is incorrect.

    What System Restore does is restore the Operating System, not your install. It does this by saving off system files before they are updated by Windows Update. So, when you use a Restore Point, all it really does is overwrite the existing Operating System files with the old copies that it saved earlier.

    System Restore does not save, nor does it restore, user data.

    If you want to save an image of your setup, it would be better to use something like Macrium Reflect.
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    I haven't tried Restore Point Creator, but you might.
    Last edited by jefboyardee; 24 Apr 2015 at 21:20.
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    Vista and Win7


    Restore points are very volatile and can disappear any moment - often for unknown reasons. If you want protection, make images. Those you can schedule e.g. with free Macrium or free Aomei Backupper.
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    I use RollBack Rx™ Home, which is a free, dependable time machine that apparently uses voodootronics.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 32
    Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    If I want to change this to the last 2 days is this possible?
    Why?

    Are you working under the assumption that System Restore makes a complete backup of your install, so that if anything bad happens, you can restore to an earlier date? Because, if you are -- that is incorrect.

    What System Restore does is restore the Operating System, not your install. It does this by saving off system files before they are updated by Windows Update. So, when you use a Restore Point, all it really does is overwrite the existing Operating System files with the old copies that it saved earlier.

    System Restore does not save, nor does it restore, user data.

    If you want to save an image of your setup, it would be better to use something like Macrium Reflect.

    Hmm, I thought it also backed up\restored certain programs. For example if I restore to a point before I installed a program that program might be missing\not work correctly. It even gives you a list of programs that might not work right before you do a restore.

    But in all honesty, it probably is better just to do a nightly backup of my entire C: drive (it's an SSD with not much data on it). I'll give macrium a try since two people on this thread recommended it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jefboyardee View Post
    I haven't tried Restore Point Creator, but you might.
    Looks like this is exactly what would do the trick for my request in my first post. But I've been convinced that an entire backup of my C: drive is probably the better choice at this point.
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    Here is a Macrium tutorial. It may help you to get started.
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    Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Here is a Macrium tutorial. It may help you to get started.
    Thanks
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