Backup and Restore Change System Restore Point Creation Frequency in Windows 11


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Turning on system protection for a drive allows System Restore to include the drive when restore points are created so you can undo undesired system changes by reverting to a previous point in time.

System Restore monitors system changes and saves the system state as a restore point. If a system problem develops as a result of a system change, the user can return the system to a previous state using the data from a restore point.

Restore points are created to let users select a previous system state. Each restore point contains the required information to restore the system to the selected state. Restore points are created before key changes are made to the system.

Use System Restore to make restore points when you install a new app, driver, or Windows update, and when you create a restore point manually. System Restore does not restore user data or documents, so it will not cause users to lose their files, e-mail, browsing history, or favorites. Restoring will remove apps, drivers, and updates installed after the restore point was made.

If an app, command, or schedule calls to create a restore point in Windows 11, system restore will only create the restore point if no other restore point has already been created within the past 24 hours (1440 minutes) by default. Users can always manually create a restore point at any time from within the System Restore user interface though.

You can change the system restore point creation frequency to how many minutes you want instead of the default 1440 minute for System Restore to skip creating a new restore point if any restore points were created within the previous set minutes. Setting 0 minutes for unlimited will have System Restore never skip creating a new restore point.

This tutorial will show you how to increase or decrease the system restore point creation frequency to what you want in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to change the system restore point creation frequency.



Contents

  • Option One: Change System Restore Point Creation Frequency using Command
  • Option Two: Change System Restore Point Creation Frequency using REG file
  • Option Three: Change System Restore Point Creation Frequency in Registry Editor


EXAMPLE: Default SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency warning

Default_SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency.png






OPTION ONE

Change System Restore Point Creation Frequency using Command


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below you want to use into Windows Terminal (Admin), and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

(Unlimited - 0 minutes System Restore Point Creation Frequency to never skip creating a restore point)​
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore" /V "SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency" /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F

OR​

(Default - 1440 minutes (24 hours) System Restore Point Creation Frequency)​
REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore" /V "SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency" /F

3 You can now close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.

0_SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency.png

Default_1440_SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency.png






OPTION TWO

Change System Restore Point Creation Frequency using REG file


1 Click/tap on the Download button below you want to use to download the file below.

Unlimited_0-minutes_SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore]
"SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency"=dword:00000000

OR​

Default_1440-minutes_SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore]
"SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency"=-

2 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

3 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

4 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

5 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.





OPTION THREE

Change System Restore Point Creation Frequency in Registry Editor


1 Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe).

2 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore

SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency_regedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of the SystemRestore key, double click/tap on the SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot above)

The SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency DWORD is not available by default.

If you do not have the SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency DWORD, then right click on an empty space in the right pane of the SystemRestore key, click/tap on New, click/tap on DWORD (32-bit) Value, type SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency for the name, and press Enter.


4 Click/tap on Decimal, type in a number for how many minutes you want for the system restore point creation frequency, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

The default is 1440 minutes (24 hours), or delete the SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency DWORD.

Entering 0 for unlimited will have System Restore never skip creating a restore point.


SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency_regedit-2.png

5 You can now close Registry Editor if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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rafikiphoto

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Thanks for that. I understand frequency = every 24 hours to be a new point is created daily but in that context I do not understand 0 = unlimited. Could you explain what that means, please?
 

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Thanks for that. I understand frequency = every 24 hours to be a new point is created daily but in that context I do not understand 0 = unlimited. Could you explain what that means, please?

Hello, :-)

Sure.

By default, System Restore will only automatically create a restore point if no other restore point has already been created within the past 24 hours (1440 minutes) by default.

Setting 0 minutes for unlimited will have System Restore never skip creating a new restore point. Basically setting 0 is for no restrictions.
 

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rafikiphoto

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Thank you.
 

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System One System Two

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium

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