Change How Often System Restore Creates Restore Points in Windows 7 or Vista

System Restore is one of the improved features in Windows 7 and Vista. Windows 7 or Vista uses the built-in Task Scheduler to kick off most protection tasks, as an alternative of requiring something to be operating all the time. By going into Task Scheduler we can actually change the schedule of main system tasks, including System Restore.

Change Schedule for Automatic System Restore Points...

Type in “Task Scheduler” into the start menu search box, or browse through the start menu’s Administrative Tools section.
One time you have got Task Scheduler open, look under

Microsoft Windows SystemRestore

on the left-hand pane.

Currently you will see a single item in the middle pane that says “SR Queued Multiple triggers defined”. Double-click on that item to change the details.
The trigger tab is the first place you will want to look, and you will notice that by default System Restore is set to run at start-up (more on that below), and at midnight every day.

To change the trigger, click on one of the items and then Edit to change the trigger.

The Edit Trigger dialog allows you to alter all sorts of settings, the first one to notice is that the “At startup” task is set to also “Delay task for 30 minutes”, meaning that the system restore task won’t happen during boot.

If you seem to be at the other trigger that is scheduled for midnight, you can pick the time of day that it runs… midnight might not be the best time for you, so you can change it to some other time if you’d like, or even schedule it to run weekly instead of daily.

The Conditions tab allows you to tell the tasks that even while it is set to start at an exacting time, it still should not start unless the computer is idle, or not to run on battery power.

Note: this override anything set in the Triggers section, so even though by default Vista schedules System Restore for 30 minutes after startup, it won’t kick in if you are via the computer.

One of the extra exciting settings here is the option to “Stop if the computer ceases to be idle”, which means that even though System Restore may kick off after 10 minutes of idle time, it will stop if you come back to the computer. It is also interesting to note that according to these settings, a computer only used on battery power will never have a restore point created… interesting.

The History tab will show every time the task has run in the past, and what the output was.

I would not advise altering the default settings too much, because system restore is a very useful tool. You should also keep in mind that installing software usually automatically triggers a restore point or you can always create a restore point manually.

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