Win 10 Restore Points keep fluctuating


  1. Posts : 301
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit 19045 Multiprocessor Free
       #1

    Win 10 Restore Points keep fluctuating


    hi guys,

    I noticed that my restore points keep fluctuating, for example i set max size to 2GB, and at any given point in time i check them, they will range from 20mb up to the max range, which could be OK.

    But without installing many things, i understand when you do a major Win10 upgrade for which it will wipe out "old" files, etc, but in a normal day situation, why do they keep fluctuating so much?

    Again, without installing or uninstalling much?

    Also, i would create a restore point when say my system is "stable" and then that will be wiped out too at some point. It's not daily, sometimes bi-daily sometimes 3 days etc

    Someone pointed out that it's not a good way to do a backup, but still shouldn't be a good way to have an emergency point to go back to in time, should you need to? so why do manual restore points keep being deleted?

    It could be that i didn't notice and this happened when i put a major win10 update but for the sake of argument if someone can explain in a few words, that would be great.

    so in summary

    1. why do manual restore point get deleted
    2. why size of restore points fluctuates so much without major installs?

    many thanks,
    Gabrio
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  2. Posts : 42,507
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Hi, if you care to search tenforums for exactly this scenario you will find many threads, but without, I think, any real explanation. Some people experience this, it seems; some don't.

    System Restore Points Missing in Windows?

    E.g.
    System Restore points all disappeared except one system- created point
    System restore points
    https://www.tenforums.com/backup-restore/48164-why-do-my-restore-points-keep-vanishing.html
    Win 10 Restore Points keep fluctuating-1.png
    - search for "System Restore points vanishing"

    Here are mine (I have one created on a schedule each day, as Win 10 generates them irregularly):
    Win 10 Restore Points keep fluctuating-1.png

    Some report automatic points disappearing after creating a manual one - here I've sandwiched one between two from my task scheduler:
    Win 10 Restore Points keep fluctuating-1.png
    Restore points have a limited life- something under 90 days, I think.

    Never rely solely on system restore.
    a. May fail to complete restoring
    b. Doesn't help if your disk fails or your PC is unbootable + can't start System Restore offline

    Strongly recommended again and again here: routinely use disk imaging - can be used for all Windows O/S partitions and any other disk or partition and acts as a full backup as well.
    Last edited by dalchina; 01 Mar 2021 at 06:24.
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  3. Posts : 301
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit 19045 Multiprocessor Free
    Thread Starter
       #3

    thanks but what i fail to understand is why the size grows.

    i.e. this morning i had 0 allocated space by system restore, guess it got cleaned up. GREAT!

    i created a sys restore point - it's still in there and it allocated like 16 mb.

    Now, after using the PC a few hours, it's gone up to 534MB

    is this normal?
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  4. Posts : 42,507
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #4

    Where exactly are you looking to see the size? I seem to recall a thread on a similar issue..

    This free tool may be of interest:
    Win 10 Restore Points keep fluctuating-1.png


    Here you go:
    Why does System Restore Current Usage grow w/o additional Rest. Points

    Clearly the poster was looking at something that included a lot more than just restore points. (See the first page too).
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  5. Posts : 301
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit 19045 Multiprocessor Free
    Thread Starter
       #5

    well when you click on "create" and then "configure"

    Win 10 Restore Points keep fluctuating-image.png

    thanks for all the links!

    - - - Updated - - -

    as i am typing this it just grew!

    i have about 8 Edge tabs open + PDF viewer and a bunch of other things and internet web radio opened lol

    Win 10 Restore Points keep fluctuating-image.png

    - - - Updated - - -

    i guess what @Railtech said here Why does System Restore Current Usage grow w/o additional Rest. Points totally makes sense, cheers.
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  6. Posts : 42,507
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #6

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