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i had many system restore points

now
only one system restore point is available


I have alot of space left on my hard drive

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tekrage earned 668 total points
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I'm not sure what you're looking for.  When you go to do a system restore there is an option to "Show more restore points" which will allow you to see restore points older than a week old.

If you want to store more restore points then you go to your system properties, system protection, select the primary OS drive (C: drive), then click Configure.  You can adjust your system restore settings including increasing the amount of disk space reserved for system restores.
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by:John Hurst
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System restore points use space allocated for restore. This space is a percentage of your disk space and Vista handles this through shadow storage. The amount of restore space is not endless (even if you have lots of disk space).

What has probably happened is that continued updates (they occur frequently) most likely need more space than was allocated. So then Vista removes old restore points.

If you wish to see, open a command prompt and type vssadmin list shadowstorage (enter). It will show you how much has been allocated and how much is in use. .... Thinkpads_User
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by:rgb192
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>>If you want to store more restore points then you go to your system properties, system protection, select the primary OS drive (C: drive), then click Configure.  You can adjust your system restore settings including increasing the amount of disk space reserved for system restores.



does not let me press configure

I am using windows vista
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by:John Hurst
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You can increase the amount of restore point space with the shadowstorage method I outlined above.

Open a command prompt and type;  vssadmin /? and see how to use the resize command. This works in Vista.

... Thinkpads_User
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did you do a repair install ?   that may erase old restore points
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by:tekrage
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Any update on this?  If this solution worked for you then please mark the answer.  Thanks!
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thanks
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