Restore Point

I need someone to help me with restore point. Please answer these questions.
1.What is it exactly and how important to activate in Windows 10? When do I need to use it?
2.How much space allocation is needed?
3.How to set it up? and how long do you need to keep previous restore points before they are deleted?
4.How is it different from my Carbonite backup?

Thank you,

Basem Khawaja, R.Ph.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAsked:
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Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Hi Basem,

1.What is it exactly and how important to activate in Windows 10?
I think it's important to have it activated in Windows because it provides a quick and simple way to restore changes made to your Windows installation system files and registry. It can also often be useful if you get infected with some types of Malware to revert back to a time before the infection occured. Also useful if you edit your registry and manage to make a mistake accidently. There's lots of good reasons for having it turned on.

So System Restore is basically a way to create a snapshot of your computer's Registry and System Settings whenever one is created.

When do I need to use it?
Whenever you want, but a good time is to create a restore point before installing new software, just in case something goes wrong and it screws up your Windows install. You can then use it to revert your system back to the point it was when the restore point was created.

2.How much space allocation is needed?
I find 5% to 10% of your Hard Drive space is usually more than sufficient, but it all depends on how many restore points you want to keep before the oldest ones are overwritten with new ones. I have mine set to use 10% and that gives me about half a dozen or restore points that are kept before the oldest one is overwritten automatically.

3.How to set it up? and how long do you need to keep previous restore points before they are deleted?
Setting it up is very easy. Simply do the following;

1. Press your Windows Key and type System protection
2. Hit your enter key or click on the top result which says "Create a restore point" (Control Panel)

You will get the following window popup

3. Now left click once on the Drive you want to protect with System Restore - this is usually your C: drive. Use the slider on the right to find your C: drive if it's not visible
4. Now click on the Configure button and you'll see the following

5. Click Turn on system protection
6. Click and drag the Slider to the right to your desired space you want to allocate for System Restore to use
7. Click the Apply button and then the OK button and you're done

how long do you need to keep previous restore points before they are deleted?
You don't. They get deleted automatically when the maximum space you have set in step 6. above is reached. Then the oldest restore point is automatically overwritten with the next one and so on.

4.How is it different from my Carbonite backup?
Carbonite backs up your entire drive. System Restore only allows you to revert registry and system settings.

It's important to know that Carbonite is a "Backup Program" - System Restore is not and should not be relied upon to be one. It can often be very handy, but it can sometimes fail to work as well if restore points become corrupt.

Also, Windows 10 will periodically create a restore point on its own - before applying updates for example, but you can also create your own restore points at any time you like by simply clicking the "Create..." button that is shown in the first image I uploaded.

Hope that answers all your queries. If you have any other questions, please feel free to post.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:

Based on what you wrote here" but you can also create your own restore points at any time you like by simply clicking the "Create..." button that is shown in the first image I uploaded"

When and why do I need to CREATE a restore point if restore point feature is already activated?
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Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Hi Basem,

When and why do I need to CREATE a restore point if restore point feature is already activated?

Ok, let's discuss the "why" you would need to manually create a restore point first.

System restore doesn't automatically keep a record of your registry and system settings all the time, only when Windows 10 decides it's necessary to make one, usually like just before Windows updates are installed for example. This can be a few days to a week or even more, before something goes wrong that you want to reverse.

Now, consider that you may have made several changes to your system before something goes wrong, so if you had to use the latest restore point which was  "automatically" created by Windows, and assuming System Restore was able to reverse that problem you wanted it to try and reverse, then it would also reverse "everything else" you had done since that restore point was created.

Programs you installed since the last restore point you just used could stop working and would need to be reinstalled again for example because their registry entries would have been removed by the system restore point you just used to recover with. Same deal with other registry changes that may have been made since the last automatic restore point made by Windows would also be removed.

Changes you may have made to your desktop settings, (wallpaper or screen resolution just as an example) or drivers you might have updated, would be reverted back to how you had them when the automatic restore point was made. New icons you placed on your desktop would be gone and old icons you had removed from your desktop since that automatic restore point was made would reappear on your desktop.

The contents of your recycle bin would change back to what it was when the restore point you used to recover was, and anything that was in the Recycle bin after that restore point was created would now be gone. Other system settings would revert back to all the way when the restore point you use to recover were set at that particular time.

Get the idea?

That's the "why" part of your question covered, now let's discuss the "when do I need to create" part of your question.

One excellent time to do so is before manually updating any hardware drivers. But there's other more trivial reasons when it's often useful to manually create a system restore point.

Let's say you're about to install a new program. That program (depending on what it is) will make a lot of registry and system changes that can sometimes cause problems with your computer, so you naturally uninstall it because you no longer want it. But sometimes, all of the registry and system changes aren't reverted back correctly by a normal uninstall, hence the problems that program caused you could remain.

If you made a manual restore point "just before" installing that program, then any leftover problems would be corrected by using System Restore to revert your computer to the point before you installed the program and save you a lot of troubleshooting and repair work. That's one reason you would want to create a restore point. There are many others.

Let's say as another example that you wanted to play around with different Windows 10 desktop setting, changing from one theme to another, then another, then modifying themes to try and achieve your perfect look and even playing around with font and icon sizes. But then you wanted to revert your desktops look to exactly the way you had it before you decided to try "fiddling" with the themes, yet found you couldn't figure out or remember exactly how you had everything set.

If you set a manual restore point just prior to doing all of that fiddling around, you could use system restore to use that manual restore point you made to recover your desktop to exactly the way it was before you started fiddling. At the completion of the system restore, everything you changed about your desktop would be exactly as it was before you started changing things. Wallpapers, Icon sizes etc. If you had accidentally emptied your recycle bin without really wanting to during your fiddling, then the contents of your recycle bin would return as well after restoring.

Another reason - you decide you want to go to a website you're not too sure is safe (never recommended to do that by the way, but let's say you did) and it installs malware. Rather than rely on your Antivirus and Antimalware software alone to remove that malware, if you created a manual restore point first, then using that restore point could reverse any damage the malware did to your system files or registry and then after the system was restored, run your Antivirus and Antimalware tools after the restore just to make sure nothing was left over in a place that system restore doesn't protect. (Ie: Non-system related areas)

Get the picture now? When "you" feel it's a good idea to set a manual restore point is when you should create one.

The only negatives about using system restore are that you lose the space that you devote on your Hard Drive to be devoted to System Restore points. They can also sometimes become corrupt and fail to work when you most need to use them. The latter is rare, but it does happen and just "one" of the reasons it should "never" be relied upon as a backup.

Hope that explains your question adequately. If you still don't understand, feel free to ask more specific questions to what is confusing you.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew

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Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Thank you Andrew. The smartest man in EE and and the whole technology issues.
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Thank you for your kind comments Basem, always appreciated :)

Glad I was able to assist.

Regards, Andrew
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