Restore points question


  1. Posts : 429
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #1

    Restore points question


    Is there anyway to save a restore point to an external drive? Every time I do a repair in-place install, I lose all my restore points.
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  2. Posts : 2,660
    trying to install win10
       #2

    Only if you are using server. Client os do not have that capability.

    vssadmin add shadowstorage /for=<backed up drive> /on=<new shadow copy drive> /maxsize=<allowed disk space percent usage>
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  3. Posts : 25,084
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #3

    No. The restore points are stored in the hidden and inaccessible 'System Volume Information' folder on the drive to which they apply. A system image can be saved to an external drive, of course. I prefer to restore a known good image rather than rely on system restore - takes about the same time too, system restore is so slow (if it works System Restore fails: AppxStaging %ProgramFiles%\WindowsApp 0x80070091 )


    Clint said:
    ...Every time I do a repair in-place install...
    ...just how many time do you need to do that? How do you keep breaking your system? :)

    SIW2 said:
    Only if you are using server. Client os do not have that capability.
    Interesting, I didn't know that.
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  4. Posts : 2,660
    trying to install win10
       #4

    Disk mgmt. rt click a disk. select "Properties" and there is the shadow copy tab. Not on client os.

    Restore points question-shadows.jpg


    Saving Windows Image to a separate drive results in the creation of shadow storage on that drive, 30% by default.
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  5. Posts : 2,660
    trying to install win10
       #5

    The first system image copies data containing blocks to a .vhd (x) . When creating subsequent images new /changed data is written to the .vhd(x) file, older data being pushed out of the VHD and into the shadow copy storage.

    Selecting an earlier image restores the earlier blocks from the shadow copy.
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  6. Posts : 35,575
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    Is there anyway to save a restore point to an external drive? Every time I do a repair in-place install, I lose all my restore points.
    There's a basic fallacy there. If you are thinking that after you have done the in-place upgrade repair you could then use restore points created before you did that, well, you can't.

    Why? You have a fresh copy of all the system files as of when that build came out. And the registry has been rewritten with some default keys restored.

    System restore points created before the repair install simply don't apply and aren't compatible with the OS that then exists. That's why they are gone- because they are no longer any use.
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  7. Posts : 429
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #7

    ...Every time I do a repair in-place install...
    ...just how many time do you need to do that?
    I did it because some one here told me to do it to fix a problem that I had. It didn't fix my problem, but created others.
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