Increasing the Number of Restore Points

by Barry Dysert
(last updated May 16, 2016)

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Windows automatically deletes older restore points to make room for new ones so that the total number of restore points doesn't exceed the space allocated for them. (By default, Windows allocated 3% to 5% of your hard drive space for restore points, up to a maximum of 10 GB.) If you want to increase the number of restore points, you need to allocate more space for them.

To increase the number of restore points, use Windows' built-in search capabilities to look for "restore point," without the quote marks. In the search results you should see a result for "create a restore point." Select this result and Windows displays the System Protection tab of the System Properties dialog box. (No, you aren't creating a restore point, but this is the fastest way to display the System Protection dialog box across all applicable versions of Windows.) (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The System Protection tab of the System Properties dialog box.

Select the drive you want to hold more restore points and click the Configure button. Windows displays the System Protection dialog box for the drive you selected. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. The System Protection dialog box (for a specific drive).

Use the slider control near the bottom of the window to indicate the maximum space you want allocated for restore points, then OK your way out. You will now have more space on that drive to hold additional restore points.

 This tip (11296) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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2018-04-02 21:31:38

Nandarani

Writing back to say that the instructions likely work beautifully - I'd written earlier today to say I'd followed directions but still, no more restore points listed. What lack of enough sleep will do, over several nights... seems that is the reason I didn't understand right away that: increasing space from 1% to 5% will not work without the passage of time.... the increased number of restore points will happen in the course of time. What I'd wanted was to have new restore points farther back in time today.... I guess that is impossible.


2018-04-02 19:47:46

Nandarani

I think this is written very clearly and I followed directions, but alas, made no difference in the laptop - no more options for system restore at 5% than were there at 1%. Fortunately the situation is not seriously impaired if not restored to an earlier point in time. I'll put an e- address I check fairly regularly in case of followup on this thread only. Thank you. Please please do not use that address for anything at all other than your reply on this thread; I am sure you won't do that; I trust you.


2018-02-22 22:15:17

prizmeye@gmail.com

Completely fails on my Win 10 64x box. It only shows *1* restore point, despite my having creating several at software installation &/or removal time. This was no help at all......


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