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  1. Posts : 641
    Windows 10 20H2
       #1

    Many restore points


    What is going on, this is only some of the 30 restore points that were made on the same afternoon and I haven't installed anything. Checked to see what programs were affected and it said none:
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  2. Ghot's Avatar
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    Win 10 Home 10.0.19043.964 (x64) [21H1]
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    @rdwray

    Other things besides installs can create restore points. Just for one example, Revo Uninstaller creates restore points when UN-installing things. Windows Update creates restore points.

    Go here, and search for: Limit restore points
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/
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  3. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    Exactly 20 minutes apart; that's not a coincidence.
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  4. FreeBooter's Avatar
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    If you want you can configure system restore maximum amount of disk space usage.


    • Type Control Panel in the search box.
    • Click Control Panel.
    • Click System.
    • Click System protection.
    • Highlight the drive you want to set up system protection on and click Configure.
    • Select Turn on system protection.
    • Move the slider to set the amount of Max Usage: space. ...
    • Click Apply and then OK.
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  5. dalchina's Avatar
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    Have you ever created a scheduled task to create a restore point?
    (Tutorial available). If so, could this be responsible?
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  6. Ghot's Avatar
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    Win 10 Home 10.0.19043.964 (x64) [21H1]
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    Windows makes a Restore Point when it thinks a change, that you may want to undo, has occurred.
    As @ignatzatsonic pointed out, "every 20 minutes is not a coincidence".

    You might want to investigate what is happening every 20 minutes, on your computer, to make Windows think it needs to create a Restore Point.
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  7. Posts : 641
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    Ghot said:
    Windows makes a Restore Point when it thinks a change, that you may want to undo, has occurred.
    As @ignatzatsonic pointed out, "every 20 minutes is not a coincidence".

    You might want to investigate what is happening every 20 minutes, on your computer, to make Windows think it needs to create a Restore Point.
    It did not happen the day before and it hasn't since 10/6/20, so there is nothing to home in on.
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  8. Ghot's Avatar
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    rdwray said:
    It did not happen the day before and it hasn't since 10/6/20, so there is nothing to home in on.

    Might want to try Resource Monitor... if this ever starts happening again.
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/pre...ectedfrom=MSDN


    It could also be something simple... like virus definition updates for Windows Defender or AVG.
    Might have been a Windows Update trying repeatedly to install, and failing.

    It could have been any number of programs, trying to do something repeatedly (every 20 mins).

    Like you mentioned, it could also be a virus or similar. Maybe run Malwarebytes to get a 2nd opinion.


    /edit

    I've never used it and have it disabled, but maybe something in Windows Timeline, will stand out, for that time period.



    Might want to check Windows Update History. There was a Preview Cumulative Update (KB4577063) released September 30th. Maybe it didn't get around to you until Oct 06. ??

    Without knowing all the programs your computer has installed, and what any of those might have been doing on October 6th, it's kind of hard to home in on the cause.

    Also, try to remember what you were doing on October 6th.





    That's all I can think of...
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  9. Posts : 641
    Windows 10 20H2
    Thread Starter
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    Ghot said:
    Might want to try Resource Monitor... if this ever starts happening again.
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/pre...ectedfrom=MSDN


    It could also be something simple... like virus definition updates for Windows Defender or AVG.
    Might have been a Windows Update trying repeatedly to install, and failing.

    It could have been any number of programs, trying to do something repeatedly (every 20 mins).

    Like you mentioned, it could also be a virus or similar. Maybe run Malwarebytes to get a 2nd opinion.


    /edit

    I've never used it and have it disabled, but maybe something in Windows Timeline, will stand out, for that time period.



    Might want to check Windows Update History. There was a Preview Cumulative Update (KB4577063) released September 30th. Maybe it didn't get around to you until Oct 06. ??

    Without knowing all the programs your computer has installed, and what any of those might have been doing on October 6th, it's kind of hard to home in on the cause.

    Also, try to remember what you were doing on October 6th.





    That's all I can think of...
    I have resource monitor, but did not have it turned on. As far as Timeline, I will have to work on that one, never used it before.
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  10. Ghot's Avatar
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    rdwray said:
    I have resource monitor, but did not have it turned on. As far as Timeline, I will have to work on that one, never used it before.
    From what I understand of Timeline... this task is not what it was designed for, but I think it could possibly help track down the events that occurred on Oct 6th. Again, I'm just grabbing at straws here.
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