Is there a way to back up System Restore points to a USB Flash Drive?

  1. Posts : 116
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Is there a way to back up System Restore points to a USB Flash Drive?

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    This is a print screen I took last month. I had this problem where I manually created my own Windows System Restore point naming it Healthy PC.

    The problem is after a few more days when I installed a new application named BabasChess. Windows created an Automatic System Restore point named as Windows Modules Installer. The problem is that it erased all my previously created system restore points!

    Is there a way to prevent that from happening? And if not is there a way to backup created system restore points in case Windows erases them after some time? That way I don't have to worry in case anything goes wrong I can restore my computer to an older system restore point off a USB.

    Many thanks.
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  2. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Mojave

    No there is not. Would suggest doing backups of the system.
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  3. Posts : 1,318
    Windows 10

    You are wasting time on this one, those previous Restore Points are erased as they would no longer work anyway.
    Restore Points often do not work, that goes back about 20 years, it is a long way from being consistently useful.
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  4. Posts : 116
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    I think I found the solution to stop Windows from erasing previous restore points.
    Basically, by default Windows 10 sets the usage limit to very low to save disk space. But since I have 2TB hard drive this is not a problem for me.

    Setting the slider to Max Usage to around 30% means that you have at least half a TB worth of system restore points to fit in.

    Notice how this time I have 1 month worth of system restore points that this time are not erased. These 9 restore points only occupy 15.85 GB of data out of a possible 558.73 GB.

    It is something that you have to set every time you reinstall fresh Windows 10 as the default usage will be too small.

    Now as long as this method works, I don't need to worry about backing up those system restore points. At least now I can be rest assured that they won't be deleted by the system anymore.

    Those system restore points will work as long as there isn't a new major Windows 10 Update to prevent the restoration. That won't be a problem as I have Windows 10 Automatic Update disabled using Windows 10 Blocker 1.3. Windows Update Blocker v1.3
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  5. SIW2's Avatar
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    trying to install win10

    Good idea, but it won't help if you have a hard drive problem.

    I don't know a way of moving the shadow copies as is to a backup disk. However there are a couple of ways you can permanently backup a specific shadow to another disk.

    1. Use shadowcopyview and simply copy the contents of your selected shadow to a folder on another disk.


    2. Mount the shadow and make a wim image of the mounted folder using dism++ ( or a command line program such as wimlib-imagex.)
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  6. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    Restoring from a system restore point is, in any case, notoriously unreliable.

    Consider looking at
    Rollback RX (free/licensed)

    and make sure you use disk imaging routinely as is so often recommended here.
    E.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + large enough external storage for image files.
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  7. Posts : 7
    Windows 10

    If you're using Sys Restore it will be removed from your machine in the event of an OS crash so not sure I'd rely on that. Rollback Rx is a great alternative. You can't backup to a USB but you can use it with a disk imager like Macrium Reflect or Veeam.
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