Creating restore points on a schedule?


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    Creating restore points on a schedule?


    Is there a way to get Win 10 to create system restore points on a schedule (e.g. once a day)?
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  2. SIW2's Avatar
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    You can use Task Scheduler
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  3. cereberus's Avatar
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    Involute said:
    Is there a way to get Win 10 to create system restore points on a schedule (e.g. once a day)?
    This will use a lot of memory over time.

    System restore points are not the same as full backups eg using imaging software. They are not that reliable.

    I recommend you use Macrium Reflect Free to image backup your pc, and set it to do scheduled differential backups, and thse can be done on a rotating basis ie ie ering old differential backups as new ones are created.
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    I already use Reflect to create a complete system image every night. If I do something stupid and want to immediately undo it, however, restoring from Reflect seems like it would be more of a pain than restoring from a restore point, even if I switched to incremental.
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    Involute said:
    I already use Reflect to create a complete system image every night. If I do something stupid and want to immediately undo it, however, restoring from Reflect seems like it would be more of a pain than restoring from a restore point, even if I switched to incremental.
    Incrementals are only in the paid version but with the paid versions Rapid Delta Restore, they absolutely blitz restores unless a lot has changed. Try it if you have the paid version e.g.


    make an incremental backup, then make an insignificant registry change and delete a file, and then restore the incremental backup. PC will be restored to previous state in less than two minutes.

    It seems overkill to me to use restore points every day anyway - they are really only for when you make significant changes eg add a new program, made registry changes etc. It is not a backup mechanism, and is not fully reversible.

    Even if I had the Free version and only differential backups, and no benefit of Rapid Delta Restore, I would trust the MR backup more.

    I have turned off restore points altogether now.
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    Hi there

    on a typical Windows installation with SSD's - even a full MR image shouldn't take more than a few minutes so restoring wouldn't be a hassle.

    Note also even in the free version you can always browse a backup image so if you just want to recover or compare a file easy enough done without a full restore.

    Personally I only find checkpointing of any use if I'm messing around with Virtual Machines - there again of course depends on your specific needs.

    Cheers
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  8. Posts : 74
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    I have Macrium Reflect Workstation, so maybe I should start doing incremental backups instead of full system images. I've been holding off since I've always thought restoring from a series of incrementals was riskier than from a complete image, and it was harder to locate a specific file, as well, but I've never actually looked into it. Thoughts?
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