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Old 30th March 2007   #1
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Lock system restore point

I am having to reload the software on my sons pc for the umpteenth time as no restore points are available probably due to virus. Every time I load the software and get the machine as I want it I create a restore point. My question is can I lock this restore point so it is never overwritten or discarded. I can then take it back to a fresh load.

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restore points

I don't think you can, mostly the restore points are ONLY good for 5 to 7 days.
You can turn off system restore, to clear all previous points,then turn it back on to start fresh.

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Hello Liverpool,

No, you can't "lock" an RP.

What you can do:

Shut off auto restore point creation and make manual ones. To do that you have to disable the Task Schedular service.

This will increase the chances of an RP staying around for the maximum time which is 90 days before it cycles off.

An alternative to disabling the TS service is to lengthen the time between auto restore points.

SR settings and preferences are stored in the registry in the key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore.

The intervals can be played with: To adjust the intervals, change the value of RPGlobalinterval from its default setting of 86,400 seconds (24 hours).

To cut this in half, to 43,200; to triple, to 259,200 - every 3 days.

As an FYI, any critical MS update or software install thru MS's installer wil create a restore point.

Regards - Charles

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