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Hello,

I was looking at the restore points that have been created on my computer. I have Windows 8.1 and it does not go back that far. Is there anyway to change a setting in Windows to extend or provide more space for restore points so that it keep restores further back in the past? At the moment it only looks like a months worth of restore points (about 5 restore points) are kept.

Many thanks,

GISVPN
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You can adjust the maximum disk space used for system protection.  As space fils up, older restore points will be deleted to make room for new ones.

While under System Properties > System Protection, go to Configure and increase the amount of Disk Space Usage.

Increase Disk Space
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Windows 8.1 is a new operating system, not a service pack. So it likely restarted your restore points. It did restart mine.

Go to Computer, right click, Properties, and then Advanced System Settings.

In the window that comes up, go to the System Protection tab. Click on Configure Protection Settings and provide more disk space (percent of total) for restore points. That will allow you to go back farther.

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Alternatively, you can use an elevated command prompt (Run as Admin) with the following:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

which will give you details on Used, Allocated and Maximum storage space for system protection.  To increase the space, you can use something such as:

vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=[DRIVE] /On=[DRIVE] /Maxsize=[SIZE]

Where [DRIVE] is replaced by the volume letter (C: , D: , etc.)
Where [SIZE] is replaced by % or amount of space (25% , 5GB , etc.)
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