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  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
       30 Oct 2015 #10

    @TechnoMage (or Shawn or anybody else that can answer)
    I'm not a coder, but I can kinda look at it and get the jist of what it is trying to do, but I don't know how to make it do what I want. For what you are doing, do you name the restore points something that indicates when it was done or do you take the default "Instant Restore Point" that is in the script? I'd like to create the restore points at startup like TechnoMage, but have them named something like "Startup @ 19:03 on 10/29/2015". Can you tell me what the change to the script would be to do that? I'm guessing that it is something in this line of the script, but again, I'm not a coder, so I don't know what it should look like.

    GetObject("winmgmts:\\.\root\default:Systemrestore").CreateRestorePoint "Instant Restore Point", 0, 100

    I'm guessing that you just have the .vbs script in your startup group, correct?

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  2. Posts : 30,716
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
    Thread Starter
       30 Oct 2015 #11

    Hello Michael, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    That's correct. You would change the text in red below to whatever you want for the restore point description.

    GetObject("winmgmts:\\.\root\default:Systemrestore").CreateRestorePoint "Instant Restore Point", 0, 100
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  3.    06 Dec 2015 #12

    Brink, your three scripts are great, but what I could really do with is one that has a description like this:

    This shortcut will NOT prompt you to enter a description for the restore point, but will create
    a restore point, and give you a successful completion message when finished.

    Is this possible?

    Later: Had another thought about creating System Restore Points, so my second question is:

    Is it possible to load a suitable script into the W10 Startup folder that would create an SRP on boot-up?
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  4. Posts : 30,716
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
    Thread Starter
       06 Dec 2015 #13

    Hello teckneeculler, :)

    No problem. I added it as step 3 for you.
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  5.    06 Dec 2015 #14

    Thanks, Brink, looks good.

    Had any thoughts about my second question: "Is it possible to load a suitable script into the W10 Startup folder that would create an SRP on boot-up?"
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  7. Posts : 30,716
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
    Thread Starter
       07 Dec 2015 #16


    You could use the .vbs file from the download in step 3 on the first page here with a method in the tutorial below instead to do so. :)

    System Restore Point : Create at System Startup - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  8.    07 Dec 2015 #17

    Thanks Brink.

    But if I understand you correctly, it seems that the Barefoot Kid method you refer to would require user input (however minimal) and I'm trying to avoid this.

    The reason is, I'm setting up and tuning a new computer for an elderly person and I'm trying to devise a way of creating daily restore points without any intervention on her part. So far I haven't had any success, even though I've tried everything I've found both here and on Seven Forums, especially the Task Scheduler method. I couldn't get that to work daily at 12:01 p.m, but the damn thing DID operate once only at 8:45 a.m on the day and time when I set it up. But not since.

    This was why I asked about your modified vbs. I'm expecting this one would only require her to click a shortcut. Sure, it would require conscious action on her part but it's better than no SRPs at all.

    Anyone know why setting up automated System Restore Points is so difficult in W10? All I can figure is that UAC is involved, but I don't want to turn that OFF because of security risks.

    I'm an IT guy with over 20 years experience building and tuning computers, but I'm just about ready to consign this to the too-hard basket.

    PS: And, in case anyone is wondering why I don't know more about W10, it's because I won't use it myself until MS dumps the automatic and compulsory updates. My six machines all run W7 with UAC and Updates turned OFF and my computing life is stress-free and uncomplicated.
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  9. Posts : 30,716
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
    Thread Starter
       07 Dec 2015 #18

    The problem with having a restore point created automatically at startup is that it requires elevated rights.

    Windows (since Vista) will not run anything elevated at startup by default for security reasons. Using Method Two with the new .vbs from step 3 will let you though if you like.
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  10.    07 Dec 2015 #19

    Brink, you mean Barefoot Kid's method #2? Coupled with your modified VBS?

    Well..I dunno. It was Method #2 that I couldn't get to work, (though not with your new vbs, obviously).

    At around 8:30 a.m, several days ago, I set it up EXACTLY as described in his thread, and configured it to run at 12:01 p.m. daily. I closed down Task Scheduler and thought no more about it until the next afternoon. When I opened Task Scheduler to check if it had worked, it hadn't created an SRP at 12:01 p.m on that or the previous day but it HAD built one at 8:45 a.m on the day I set it up, which must have been about the time I closed out of Task Scheduler. I'm baffled, can't see any logic to that.

    But ok, I'll delete the previous Schedule and try again with your new vbs.

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