Change System Restore Point Creation Frequency in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 9
    Linux
       #20

    i have multiple drives in my computer one is tied to my C drive but 2 others are not. should i or could i put restore points on different drives to save space on C drive. i turned sys protection on for the other drives but never knew whether i should or not. one drive is simply for file/folder storage and the other one serves as a back up location each is 1Tb, Cdrive is not because i bought the ssd when there were no 1tb ssd available. and 500gb was out of my price range ,then.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354
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       #21

    Restore points will be saved on the drive they are created for.
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  3. Posts : 9
    Linux
       #22

    this is a windows concept i never understood. all my drives are working together. no raid or anything exotic. windows decided to link 2 drives, not even C and D in windows 10 as i had in windows 7. just so happens that i use one drive to store a load of iso movies and a few mp4s. i dont need any restore point for them as restore points cover system things not files as i understand it. i just remember seeing restore points on more than one hard drive in the past with system restore attempts or the windows upgrades i bought over the years. or some time or other. since windows 10 i rarely see more than 2 though i know more have been made because change drivers and other things which make note of creating a restore point prior to installation. i figured that somehow windows 10 had something set someplace not to have more than a couple, i thought i allotted plenty of space on the drive. that is why i wanted to try to put restore points on another drive with more allocated space. no big deal but i dont like having to encounter only 2 restore points over 2weeks apart when i know more were made. as i say, i looked to be sure there was plenty of space , or i thought there was based on how large the restore points were that stayed
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       #23

    Correct, a restore point won't include your personal files. Only system related files, drivers, and apps.

    Restore points are fine for helping to undo a recent action that caused issues, but keeping system images is always best.
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  5. Posts : 9
    Linux
       #24

    thanks, i do system images 2x a month, but with windows 10 i have been forced to do a total 'reset' twice. the windows 10 automatic system restore has come back 2x with corrupted source which is not accurate. it is a generic response for failures. i have had poor luck with windows 10 since i got auto upgraded from windows 7 and the rollback option 'disappeared' in 8days or less. i am pretty sure my most recent restore from image is due to the fact that i was in the insider program and not in the same update number or something like that. i had my insider program version of windows 10 i had been using from the initial availability of that program long before the release came about. but , i got that disrupted in one of the restore attempts and keep in the program but use my official paid for version of the upgraded windows 10 as the insider version . had issues reinstating the virtual machine version and it became too much of a headache. so, i learned that keeping system images of my insider program but purchased windows 10 can be dangerous if not impossible.
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  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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       #25

    @Brink, this tutorial can be simplified into one line of command:
    Code:
    (REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore" /V "SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency" /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F)

    It works via both PowerShell (Admin) and elevate Command Prompt. You may add it into the tutorial if you find it useful.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21354
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       #26

    Matthew Wai said:
    @Brink, this tutorial can be simplified into one line of command:
    Code:
    (REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore" /V "SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency" /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F)
    It works via both PowerShell (Admin) and elevate Command Prompt. You may add it into the tutorial if you find it useful.
    Hello Matthew,

    I used the Registry Editor method so people could specify a value they want for the SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency DWORD, but I will add a REG file and command option to the tutorial now to help.
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  8. Chrysalis's Avatar
    Posts : 166
    Win 10 1809 LTSC
       #27

    hexaae said:
    Just to be clear...
    So it's not like Win 7 where every 2-3 days Win automatically created a restore point and if I want it to behave as it was before I have to restore this feature manually now, as explained above, for Win 10 FCU 1709?
    Or 'SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency' is just to change interval check, but will still work as in quoted text?
    I have observed the same.

    Since installing win10 I have the following restore points.

    31Jan2021
    27Feb2021
    06Mar2021

    So no automatic 3-4 days restore points now.

    Looking in task scheduler is a single task, that looks like its just for on demand, there is no trigger, and it also has a condition to only run when idle for 10 minutes.
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