Vista Versus XP Restore Points

Posted on August 14, 2008. Filed under: Software | Tags: , , , , |

One of the tools to recover from a software problem is Vista’s Restore Point utility.

I had cause to do a restore using it recently and was SHOCKED to see only 5 restore points. With Windows XP you on my main computer I can see back 2 weeks. The number of restore points is dependant on the disk space you reserve for it. It would stand to reason that the restore points for Vista are bigger but in some cases you may want to go back more than 5 (or whatever number of days) to do a restore.

This problem is further excacerbated by the fact that any software install or update, likes a service pack, necessitates the creation of a restore point which could mean that if a service pack fails 2 or 3 times your restore point is now only 2 or 3 days old.

So, Restore Points, if not properly configured, can cause problems because it may take several days before a computer user realizes the need to do a restore.

For reference you can download the Vista SP1 Service Pack here.

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