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System Restore Cache

By gringo50
Feb 20, 2009
  1. WinXP Home SP3

    System Restore Cache

    When it becomes full, are older checkpoints dumped as needed when new ones are created? Or are they all removed except the most recent one?
     
  2. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,655

    NO!

    But this will do it!

    Start-Programs-Accessories-System Tools-Disk- System Restore and create a new Restore point. Name it "Cleanup at TechSpot".

    Then Start-Programs-Accessories-System Tools-Disk Cleanup
    Click OK to accept C:
    Select all Boxes
    Then click More Options
    Here click System Restore and OK to "Are you sure" and the OK to Run.

    As this runs it clears all but the most recent Restore Point but it does one other thing that can contain infested files and a huge amount of disk space.

    It clears what is known as Shadow copies which are used by specialized back up programs.

    This is if you have the Volume Shadow Copy running which is the default.

    After this you may want to do a deeper clean so use the below..

    Run CCleaner http://www.ccleaner.com/download/builds (get SLIM at bottom no Yahoo toolbar)
    Run twice or more on Cleanup temps, then on left click Registry then Scan for issues also repeat till clean.

    Run ATF-Cleaner http://majorgeeks.com/ATF_Cleaner_d4949.html Temp and Registry, repeatedly until no more found.

    KCleaner ftp://ftp2.kcsoftwares.com/kcsoftwa/files/kcleaner.exe
    Fantastic cleaner.

    Mike
     
  3. gringo50

    gringo50 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Thanks Mike for the useful info. I failed to mention that I wasn't having problems with my computer and my post was to satisfy my curiosity as to what happens when system restore has used up it's alloted space.

    gringo
     
  4. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,655

    One of the last people I advised to do these steps gained back 30G of free space.

    Mike
     
  5. gringo50

    gringo50 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Interesting. Thanks again. I've made a copy for my comp tips folder.

    gringo
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    The oldest ones are automatically removed
     
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,342   +622

    yes, it is managed as a FIFO list and the oldest is discarded
     
  8. gringo50

    gringo50 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Thanks very much guys. That answered my question.
     
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