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Vista's SystemRestore Points set to delete after...136 years !!!

By HappyAndyk ·
In Vista, SystemRestore is set to delete restore points after roughly 136 years ... yes, let that sink !

Normally Windows uses up to 15 percent of a drive?s available space to save restore points. In XP, the option to change this figure was configurable from the System Restore tab of the System Properties dialog box. But sadly this option is no longer offered in Vista.

But you can do so as follows :
Open regedit and go to
SystemRestore\Cfg Double-click the DiskPercent.
The default is f (in hexadecimal) which is 15 in decimal. For making it say 10% type 'a'

Now again, how frequently you'd like to have your SystemRestore points auto-created can also b configured as follows :
Open regedit and go to

You can change the value RPGlobalInterval from its default setting of 86,400 seconds (24 hours) to, say, 43200 (a8c0) if u want it created every 12 hrs.

As and how your new restore points get created, the older ones get deleted due to the availble space contstraint.

Otherwise by default, in Vista, SystemRestore is set to delete restore points after roughly 4,294,967,295 seconds or 136 years, which was a mere 90 days in XP ! The idea apparantly, is to delete them only when absolutely necessary due to space constraint!!! But err...136 years !!!

So unless you want to save these points for your grand-children, you can also change this interval too. Change the value of RPLifeInterval in the same key; a setting of 7,776,000 seconds (or 76a700 in hexadecimal) is equivalent to 90 days.

To create System Restore Points on the fly, try "System Restore Point Creator". Using this utility, you can create System Restore Points in One click. Works on Vista ! To change the frequency of the System Restore Points formation, without using the Registry Editor, you can try "CSRF Utility".

SOURCE : www.winvistaclub.com/tips.html

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by joseph In reply to Vista's SystemRestore Poi ...

I created a restore point by myself. Is it possible to delete all other restore point but keep the one I created? Say I installed one on Wednesday, now I want to deleted all the restore points before that day and after that day. Can I do that and how?
Thank you so much!

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