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Thread: Adjust System Restore Default Timing Parameters

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    Adjust System Restore Default Timing Parameters

    By default, System Restore creates a restore point of the system every 24 hours and saves restore points for 90 days. The GUI doesn't allow modifying the default settings but it can be done via this registry tweak.

    It's important to remember that the settings in this tweak are measured in seconds. Just to save you the math time, there are 86,400 seconds in one day, 3,600 seconds in one hour, and 31,536,000 seconds in one year.


    Change Restore Point Creation Frequency

    [Start] [Run] [Regedit]
    Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore
    Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below.
    Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: RPGlobalInterval
    Setting for Value Data: [0 = Disabled / 1 = Enabled]
    Exit Registry and Reboot

    Change Restore Point Retention Lifespan

    [Start] [Run] [Regedit]
    Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore
    Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below.
    Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: RPLifeInterval
    Setting for Value Data: [0 = Disabled / 1 = Enabled]
    Exit Registry and Reboot


    neat little tip for adjusting timing of system restore.

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    How much space do restore points take up?

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    Great tip

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarun
    How much space do restore points take up?
    that is a good question. I think it is dependent on your own system and what all has to be backed up.

    I do know, as you probably do, that the space provided to system restore is variable and can be changed in the my computer properties.

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    Also, is it possible to pick and choose which restore points to keep indefinitely... i.e. first one after a format

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    Quote Originally Posted by cash_site
    Also, is it possible to pick and choose which restore points to keep indefinitely... i.e. first one after a format
    As soon as you figure it out, let us know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarun
    How much space do restore points take up?
    I think by default it is about 12% of whatever your HD size is.

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