98/ME tweak guide
Updated on October 04, 2000 by Thomas
McGuire - Page 2/7
Restore is one of the few new features that distinguishes
Windows Me from Windows 9x. System Restore works by monitoring
& backing up (most) system files
with .exe, .vxd, .dll, .com, & .sys extensions & of
course the system registry. This is done in the hope that
should something bad go wrong you can simply rollback to an
earlier backup point when your system was functioning
is also is a genuine pain for users who are somewhat
knowledgeable about their computer & know they can do
without it. Your system performs better without it too. By disabling
it you won’t lose much, your system will revert to being as
“protected” as Windows 9x was.
you decide whether or not you can live without it you should
read what may be customized with it first of all.
click on My Computer, select Properties. Select
the Performance tab then the File System button.
the General tab you can set System Restores space usage
& as a result the amount of backup/snapshots made of your
the slider bar to set the amount of space the System Restore
may use for backups. The Min size will always be 200MB.
The Max size is determined by the size of the hard
drive that Windows is installed on, i.e. If the hard drive is
larger than 4
GB the Maximum size is 12% of the hard drive size,
whereas on hard drives smaller than 4 GB the Maximum
size is 400MB, if you don’t have enough free space for
System Restore it will be disabled until enough free
space exists for it to resume use.
90% (or so) of the space given for System Restore is reached,
the oldest backup(s) are deleted.
Backups/Restore points happen during the following situations
(According to MS
System CheckPoints are created for every 10 hours of
computer up time but only after the
computer has been idle for 2 minutes. If this criterion
is not met, then a System CheckPoint will be created
once every 24 hours after the system has been idle for 2
points are created by Installer packages that use the
new Microsoft Software Installer (MSI) technology.
points are created by Installer packages that use
InstallShield 6.1 Pro & later.
points are created when AutoUpdate (AU) installs an
points are created when you use System Restore to roll
your system back to a different Restore Point. However,
if this is done in Safe Mode, a Restore Point will not
points are created manually by using the System Restore
recommend sliding the bar to Min, which is 200MB. This
way all System backups will be fairly new & the amount of
backups will be kept to a minimum.
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