72. How Do I Change The Time Interval
Between System Restore Points
System Restore creates a restore point roughly
every 24 hours. This, of course, is assuming your pc
is left on all day and every day. If you regularly
turn your pc off then a system restore point is
created 24 hours, or thereabouts, after the last
If 24 hours is a little too long for you, you
can alter the length of time taken for System restore to create a restore point.
Depending upon what you actually want the time frame
can be 6 hours, 12 hours, or whatever you like.
Please Note: To rectify the
problem you will need to edit the registry,
therefore, before you proceed, you should ensure
that you have backed up the registry. (see
62. How do I backup the Registry in Windows XP ).
- Click the Start button.
- On the Start Menu click Run.
- In the Run dialog box type: regedit
and then click the OK button.
- The Registry Editor window will now open.
- Navigate to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_SOFTWARE\microsoft\windowsNT\currentversion\systemrestore
- In the Right hand pane of the
registry Editor you should see a DWORD
called RPGlobalinterval. If this
DWORD doesn't exist then create one
by Right Clicking on the
System Restore option and selecting New
then DWORD from the
drop down menu.
- The RPGlobalinterval
default setting should be 86,400
seconds (24 Hours). To reduce this restore
figure to say, every 12 hours, Right
Click on the RPGlobalinterval Option and, from the drop down menu, select
Modify. In the Modify dialog box first
change the Base to Decimal
and then type 43200 or whatever
period of time you want the restore point to be
created in the Value Data
box. Next click OK.
- Finally Exit the Registry