By Leo Notenboom
I have Windows XP SP2. When I go into the System Restore application, it doesn’t give me the option to create a restore point; it only allows me to restore to an earlier point and it never creates restore points. Any ideas on what might be wrong or how to fix it?
I’ll be honest and tell you right off that I have no answer for your question.
There are many possibilities, the most likely being that there is not enough room allocated for restore points. But in my experience, increasing that may or may not resolve the issue.
System Restore is so difficult to diagnose and I hear of so many problems and misunderstandings with it that I avoid it completely.
I turn it off. Completely. It’s not worth it to me.
I’ll tell you what I do instead.
What System Restore Is
System Restore is best thought of as a registry backup. Yes, in reality, it backs up more than just the registry, but exactly what else it backs up gets complicated. Suffice it to say that System Restore does not back up everything.
And as a registry backup, it’s actually a pretty reasonable solution. When it works, it’s a fine way to take a snapshot of the registry and restore it after other changes have been made.
This post is excerpted with Leo’s permission from his blog.