What is a "scheduled Checkpoint"?


  1. Posts : 78
    windows10/2010
       #1

    What is a "scheduled Checkpoint"?


    Running Windows 10 home/1909 (at the moment; feature update to 2004 is available, which I'll probably do after my next backup cycle at months' end).

    Windows 10 doesn't seem to support restore points. But I keep seeing 'scheduled checkpoint' entries in Ccleaner Tools/System restore.

    What are they and who sets the schedule?
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  2. Posts : 35,442
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Windows 10 doesn't seem to support restore points.
    - it does- just not enabled by default and often disabled after any upgrade.

    Further, SR has become notorious for not completing a restore. It's great when it does work- my experience has been that it might sometimes fail to restore for a few months, then start working again on my older PC. (I rarely use a restore point, so don't have good data).

    Tutorials support it - simply search
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/
    for System restore - how to have one created on startup, on schedule (which I do).

    If you have such a schedule set up, that may explain the name you are seeing. It is possible to name restore points as you wish.

    You should see the same list of restore points here:
    What is a "scheduled Checkpoint"?-1.png
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  3. Posts : 39,994
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #3

    Windows 10 is creating restore points and this was verified using Ccleaner.

    In Windows 7 and later versions, System Restore creates a scheduled restore point only if no other restore points have been created in the previous seven days.

    This is the checkpoint.


    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...restore-points

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/pow...powershell-5.1

    To view the current restore points open administrative powershell and copy and paste:
    Get-ComputerRestorePoint

    This is an example:


    Code:
    Windows PowerShell
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-ComputerRestorePoint
    
    CreationTime           Description                    SequenceNumber    EventType         RestorePointType
    ------------           -----------                    --------------    ---------         ----------------
    7/5/2020 2:55:45 AM    Scheduled Checkpoint           110               BEGIN_SYSTEM_C... 7
    7/8/2020 9:03:58 PM    Windows Update                 111               BEGIN_SYSTEM_C... 18
    7/13/2020 3:00:41 PM   Intel® Driver & Support Ass... 112               BEGIN_SYSTEM_C... APPLICATION_INSTALL
    7/17/2020 11:46:24 AM  Windows Software Developmen... 113               BEGIN_SYSTEM_C... APPLICATION_INSTALL
    
    
    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32>
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  4. Posts : 78
    windows10/2010
    Thread Starter
       #4

    The reason I asked about schedule checkpoints is because automatic creation of restore points before routine monthly updates is not happening. And it seems that feature doesn't happen in win10 after monthly updates. If it can be configured, no one I have asked about it on MS Answers can say how.

    I upgraded to win10 home/1909 on 23 June. Since then there have been a number of routine MS updates installed, but no "restore point" automatically created when that happened.

    Attached is a screenshot of cclean tools/system restore, showing 2 restore points I manually created, and 2 'scheduled checkpoints' over the period since upgrade. None of the checkpoints in that list meets the time criteria outlined in the referenced weblinks.

    So, checkpoint is just another name for 'restore point'???
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails What is a "scheduled Checkpoint"?-system-restore.jpg  
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  5. Posts : 39,994
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #5

    A checkpoint is a restore point created automatically by windows.
    It used to be frequent for older windows versions (see earlier links).

    This is a computer that is seldom used:

    Code:
    PS C:\windows\system32> get-computerrestorepoint
    
    CreationTime           Description                    SequenceNumber    EventType         RestorePointType
    ------------           -----------                    --------------    ---------         ----------------
    5/28/2020 3:07:02 PM   Scheduled Checkpoint           17                BEGIN_SYSTEM_C... 7
    7/15/2020 1:10:37 PM   Scheduled Checkpoint           18                BEGIN_SYSTEM_C... 7
    
    
    PS C:\windows\system32>


    Microsoft is making windows leaner.
    So don't rely on restore points.

    Instead create free backup images.
    They are available and much more reliable.

    (Acronis, Aoemi, EaseUS, Macrium, Paragon, etc.)

    Macrium is widely used in Ten Forums:

    Macrium Software | Your Image is Everything
    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect
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  6. Posts : 35,442
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    I haven't noted a clear pattern in Win 10's creation of restore points, but as I mentioned in #2 it is worth having them, being complementary to disk imaging.

    To save you searching the tutorials, here are two:
    Automatically Create System Restore Point on Schedule in Windows 10
    Add Create Restore Point Context Menu in Windows 10

    You will be aware that restoring a disk image affects data on the partition restored. System Restore doesn't, a big advantage. Hence it can be a good strategy to keep data off C: as far as possible.
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  7. Posts : 78
    windows10/2010
    Thread Starter
       #7

    And . . that works!!
    Discovered that this tutorial by Brink would only work on a calendar date, not specified event, so chose a monday. Today was the first - see screenshot.

    Thanks to all!!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails What is a "scheduled Checkpoint"?-1st-auto-restore.jpg  
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  8. Posts : 78
    windows10/2010
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Would this process also work on a windows7 PC? (my other machines - too old to be worth upgrading to win10, but still very workable and used daily)
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  9. Posts : 35,442
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #9

    No reason why not. There may be an equivalent tutorial on
    sevenforums.com
    - but Win 7 was better at creating SR points anyway (more frequently and predictably than Win 10).
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  10. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home
       #10

    Davidk said:
    Would this process also work on a windows7 PC? (my other machines - too old to be worth upgrading to win10, but still very workable and used daily)
    Hello,

    Just adding my twopenn'orth. When my Pc was operating Windows 7 (before the free Windows 10), the CCleaner and its restore functions worked very well, in my opinion.
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