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#1 rozzer

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 09:15 AM

Hi

 

Does anyone know how or even if i can increase the amount of restore points in Windows 8.1 automatically.

I know how to make a restore point individually, I have also tried increasing the size to 50% but has no effect.

 

At present i see it has about 4 restore points at 10 day intervals and as a new one is created the oldest is

removed.

 

I want more than that!! Mr Gates for my own reasons.

 

Any help appreciated

 

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:10 PM

- Increase the amount of space (in %) that Windows is allowed to use for those System Restore Points (SRPs) (e.g. 70% or 90%).

- Keep in mind: If Windows detects that there's too little free disk space then it will automatically delete one or more of those SRPs.

- I would recommend to install Tweaking's Registry Backup. The program makes a backup of the registry upon startup. A LOT OF problems are caused by errors in the registry. And those backups are MUCH smaller than SRPs. The combination of registry backups & SRPs is a solid one.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/registry-backup/

- Free up more disk space.



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Posted 05 March 2015 - 06:54 AM

Hi Willy22 I have already tried increasing the space to 70% but it makes no difference, it still remains at +- 4 restore points. I don,t want to go the registry route, just wanted a simple option to increase the restore points like you can in XP for instance. Thanks anyway, i will keep trying Regards Rozzer

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 07:50 AM

I suggest you disable system restore entirely and depend on something much more reliable as a backup / recovery method: disc imaging.



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Posted 05 March 2015 - 10:28 AM

Hi Allan

 

Thanks for your advice, will look into it.

Any suggestions on a backup/recovery programme etc

 

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 10:30 AM

Here's something I put together some time back for another site. Hope it helps:

 

Disk Imaging software takes a "snapshot" of your drive as it exists at the time you create the image. You can then restore the entire image or any file(s) or folder(s) you choose. It is a virtually foolproof way of backing up your system and providing a safe haven in the event of a catastrophe that requires you to blow away your system partition and restore it to a previous state. It also allows you to "test" various software and be confident that you have a the ability to return to the prior state any time you choose.

 
I use Acronis True Image. It is the best of breed, but it isn't free. The best free alternative is Macrium Reflect. 
 
 
1) I create an image of my system partition once a week to a second hard drive and keep the 2 or 3 most recent images. I also image my other partitions about once a month. I always enable "verify image" in the options. It takes a little longer, but insures a valid image.
 
2) I also create an image before performing any drive level function (ie, changing the size of a partition) or making any significant change to the OS (installing a service pack, upgrading IE, etc). Also sometimes before installing new software.
 
3) Images may be created on any medium (cd, dvd, external drive, etc). For obvious reasons they should not be stored on the same drive you are imaging. The best option is a second internal hd if you have one and, if you're really ambitious, to an external drive as well (one week to the internal, one week to the external). That's actually the procedure I follow.
 
4) Images may be created "in the background" within the OS. If you need to restore the system partition, that will need to be done before the OS loads. You can start the process within the application in the OS and it will then tell you it needs to reboot to finish the process. Alternatively, you can boot to a "recovery disk" which you can create when you first install the software (or to the application disk itself if you have one). Other partitions can be restored without a reboot.





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