Restore points are made to permit users a choice of former system states. Every restore point comprises of the essential data required to revert the system back to the selected form. Restore points are made before primary changes are done on the system. Although you can make and give it a name for a restore junction at any instance for a drive that you have System Protection switched on for manually, the below information depicts the triggers that lead to System Restore to automatically make a restore point.

Event-triggered restore points

System Restore by itself makes a restore point prior to the following events:

a) Desktop app installation – If the application install induces system issues, the user can revert the system to a state prior to the installation of the software.

b) System Restore makes a restore junction prior to the installation of vital Windows updates start off.

c) System restore. For instance, if you incidentally select the improper restore point, your can unmake the system restore procedure by selecting a restore point earlier before the system restore happened. The user can now select the right restore point.

Scheduled restore points

System Restore makes restore junctions at even time intervals by utilizing the SR task present in the Task Scheduler.

a) System Restore in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 makes a planned restore point only when no other restore points have been made in the past 7 days.

b) System Restore Windows Vista makes a checkpoint at an interval of 24 hours if none restore points were made on that particular day.

c) System Restore in Windows XP makes a checkpoint at an interval of 24 hours of absolute time.

System Restore will automatically removes the most former restore points to allow space for fresh restore points when your assigned maximum disk space utilization drains out, while yet allowing the user to restore from any of-late devastating modifications.

a) By default in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on computers with hard disk capacities above 64 GB, System Restore can occupy upto 5 percent of the disk capacity or to an utmost of 10 GB of the disk capacity, which of them is less. On computers consisting hard disk lesser than 64 GB, System Restore can take at the most 3 percent of the disk capacity.

b) By default in Windows Vista, System Restore can occupy upto 15 percent of the capacity of the volume or an utmost of 30 percent of the total free disk space, which soever is less.

c) By default in Windows XP, System Restore occupies a max of 12 percent of the total disk capacity in computers with hard disk capacity above 4 gigabytes (GB), and an utmost of 400 megabytes (MB) for hard disk with capacity below 4 GB.

Switching off automatic restore points can be very much facilitate if you are restricted by how much max disk capacity usage you are allowed to assign for restore points. You will however be capable to make a restore point at any instance you like on your own. For performing this task, you should be having Administrative privileges.

1. Press the windos + R keys to open the Run prompt, type n it taskschd.msc, and click on OK or hit enter.

2. In the left pane of Task Scheduler, click on Task Scheduler Library to expand it and head for Microsoft, Windows, and SystemRestore.

Expand Windows Menu

Choose System Restore

3. In the middle section of SystemRestore menu, either right click on or choose the SR task.

4. To Enable Automatic System Restore Point Creation

a) If you haven’t still, you will require to switch on System Protection for your Windows C: drive.

b) Click on Enable present in the right section.

5. To Disable Automatic System Restore Point Creation

a) Click on Disable to switch off the System Protection for your Windows C: drive.

Disable System restore

6. When completed with above procedures, you can close Task Scheduler if you want to.


Nick is a Software Engineer. He has interest in gadgets and technical stuffs. If you are facing any problem with your Windows, feel free to ask him.


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