Restore Point Creator


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If you need to bypass the no UAC launcher, download Restore Point Creator forced UAC Prompt.reg and launch it. This will force Restore Point Creator to use the UAC prompt.
To restore the no UAC launcher, download Restore Point Creator no UAC Prompt.reg and launch it.

Windows XP Support Update: I have had a change of heart when it comes to Windows XP support. The program will continue to have Windows XP support past the date of April 8th, 2014. It will however be extremely limited in it’s functionality because Windows XP doesn’t support much else. You will only have the ability to make restore points, restore to restore points, and that’s about it. The task scheduler will also be disabled on Windows XP and any existing scheduled tasks will be deleted as well. Debugging Windows XP task scheduling is proving to be far more difficult than originally thought to be because the DLL that I’m using to manipulate scheduled tasks wasn’t written for Windows XP, it was written for Vista or newer.


Changes to Release Schedule
All new versions will be a Build 1 (or Build 2) version unless it’s an emergency update in which there will be subsequent builds of the same version branch. This is similar to how Mozilla Firefox versions are done except I won’t go wild with increasing the number before the decimal point.

All new features and functionality will be added to a new version, not a new build. Those new features and functionality will stay in a public beta version for a period of testing to make sure that those new additions are stable before release to the general public. Minor bug fixes will be done in new builds.

This is all in an effort to try and stabilize the program and to slow down on the release schedule. In the past I was known to release new builds sometimes three to four (or more) times a week, that was a bad plan. These changes to the release schedule is to try and slow down on releases and keep the program relatively stable for the general public.


Guaranteed to contain absolutely NO spyware! The “Check For Updates” routine sends only two pieces of data to my web site; a program code (in the case of this program it is “restorepointcreator”) and the program’s major and minor version numbers (1.5, 1.6, etc.). That’s it! Absolutely no personal information is sent to my web site when checking for updates.

Download Restore Point Creator Installer
Standalone Portable ZIP File

Ever found that creating Restore Points in Windows is a bit tedious?  Click this, click that, go there, click another thing, and then finally you’re at where you need to be to create a Restore Point.  There’s got to be an easier way to do all of that.  Right?  Well, now there is.

Introducing Restore Point Creator, written by Me.

Create and manage System Restore Points quickly and easily, all from a free simple program.  No more drilling through multiple menus in Windows just to create a System Restore Point, now all you have to do is run this program and that’s it.  Follow the simple program layout and you have your System Restore Point created in no time at all.

Plus, for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8, creating System Restore Points is even quicker and easier with this program.  Just pin this program to the Taskbar and you have the ability to quickly create System Restore Points using one of the two pinned Tasks (“Create System Checkpoint” and “Create Custom Named”) that the program creates.  It’s that simple.

  • Create System Checkpoint — Creates a System Restore Point with the name of “System Checkpoint made by System Restore Point Creator”
  • Create Custom Named — Asks you what you want your System Restore Point to be named and then creates one based upon what you inputted.

Download it for free here.  Full Source Code is available for review upon request.

Version 2.4 Build 25 is now available for download and updating through the program.  All updates to the program can be checked for and downloaded by clicking on the “Check for Updates” button in the program. A full changelog can be found here.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP (some limitations), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and the future Windows 8.1.
Limitations on Windows XP include the inability to delete System Restore Points, Windows XP doesn’t support this ability.
System Requirements:
Microsoft .NET Framework v4.0

If you like this program, feel free to donate.  Or feel free not to donate.  It doesn’t matter to me.  Donations to use this program will never be required to use this program.  It is and always will be a free program.  But, if you do feel that you want to donate it would be a nice gesture of appreciation for the program.

A fan of this program decided to put together a video demonstrating the usage of this program. Thank you.

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  • charles

    Hi, wondering if this can restore those points it creates… specifically from a windows pe boot disk access to an NTFS Windows 7 drive. Are you familiar with ERU assembly app? I read that there are additional files backed up with Vista on up… not done it XP, and guessing your app. does some of this?
    Thank you,
    Charles

    • Tom

      All System Restore functionality that’s in this program uses only approved Microsoft System Restore APIs and conforms to all Microsoft System Restore Point specifications. Any and all restore points this program creates is capable to being restored via any other method that also conforms to Microsoft System Restore Point specifications.

  • Jerome Rosen

    Hi Tom,
    Thank you for System Restore Point Creator- it is invaluable.

    I’m running Windows 8 Pro 64 bit. The Restore Points seem to be very slow to be loaded to the list. I do see “System Checkpoint Created by System”- I did five installs within the past hour and those are the five messages I see. I noted your comment about VSS- I’ve read that VSS is not a Windows 8 component? Or maybe I’m doing something wrong. Would sure appreciate some feedback. Thank you.

    • Tom

      Volume Shadow Service or VSS is an integral part of System Restore.

      What System Restore does is makes a snapshot of your system. All of the system files, registry, and other various things that are required for the system to function properly. The problem is that all of these things are in constant use and are constantly changing no matter how little the change. Volume Shadow Service is what makes a snapshot of the volume, freezing the file system in a virtual image from which System Restore builds the restore point from.

      There are some explanations of how System Restore works and what Volume Shadow Service is.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_Restore
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Copy

    • Tom

      As for why it takes so long to load the list, there’s a lot of data to be loaded by the OS to display the System Restore Points that your system has saved. My program uses standard Windows APIs to gather the names of the System Restore Points and displays them in the list. The more restore points you have, the more data Windows has to load, process, and pass to my program via the appropriate Windows API calls.

  • Jerome Rosen

    I’m running 1.2.14 & loving your great program. But I just ran into a problem. Th current Restore Points list shows only eight restore points (March 23 to March 30). I had over 50 restore points (should have deleted some before) but all of the others are missing. First time I’ve ever encountered that, or any, problem with your program.

    Running Windows 8 Pro, 64 bit, 4GB RAM.

    Please help. Thank you.

  • Tom

    That is very interesting Jerome. When you open up the traditional System Restore Point management part of Windows 8, how many appear there? The reason why I’m asking this is that my program uses the same exact Microsoft Windows API calls that Microsoft themselves use in their own System Restore Point UI.

  • Jerome Rosen

    Thanks for the responses Tom. Looking at Recovery I see the same 8 Restore Points as in Restore Point Creator. Re Disk Space Usage I have 15% (11.2GB) reserved. Up until about a week ago I had over 20 Restore Points saved- was getting ready to delete some when I noticed many were missing. Any suggestions?

  • Tom

    It ran out of space and deleted some for you. Restore Points can take different amounts of space to store them based upon how many changes there were from the last known Restore Point.

  • Jerome Rosen

    Thanks Tom. Do you have any suggestions/guidelines for the amount of space I should reserve? I have a 1GB HD.

  • Tom

    Most suggest at the very least, 20 to 25% of the HDD.

  • Tom

    Smaller if you have an SSD.

  • Jerome Rosen

    Thanks very much for your feedback Tom.

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  • Ron Lewis

    Hi Tom, thank you so much for a very nifty program. It sure beats always having to search create restore point in Windows 7 (64 Bit). Tom, I do have a question concern regarding each system restore point and the amount each takes: on my system, I have 12 and they all display the exact same size per each restore point. Is this natural?

    • Tom

      It does depend upon how many changes occur between each system restore point. If nothing changes much, the system restore points will be the same size.

  • Ron Lewis

    Thanks Tom, for clearing up what was fuzzy to me. Yes, nothing really has changed other than monthly Windows updates! Thanks again Tom.

  • Darlene Conrad

    i have d/l your program, extracted the zip file. but when i selecct the .exe file. i get a error message ” System restore point creation failed”
    what am i doing wrong. I am running windows XP.

    thank you

    • Tom

      You may not have the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 installed. You can get it here.

  • Darlene

    I had the framework 4.0 but i ran the link u sent, did a repair…..still getting the same message. the program is not working. I tried on my laptop as well as desktop. got the same message on both.

    Thank you

    • Tom

      OK, when you first start it it gives the error? Do you have Admin privileges?

  • Ron Lewis

    Darlene, try right clicking on exe.file then properties; choose run as windows XP. I hope this helps!

  • Darlene Conrad

    Did as you suggested..exe.properties, under compatibility XP is NOT listed. only Windows 95,98/Windows ME, Windows NT 4.0 (SP5) and Windows 2000.
    Sorry to be such a bother, but i really want to run this program.

  • Tom

    I will have to do some research into why this is happening. It shouldn’t be happening in the first place.

  • Darlene Conrad

    sorry for the bother. I will just not get to enjoy your program, that everyone is raving about. Dern.

    Thank you so very much

  • Ron Lewis

    While Tom is researching, for the heck of it, try to run it with the Windows NT 4.0 (SP5).

  • Darlene Conrad

    thanx for the “try” i did .got the same message. I took a picture, but i don’t see where in here i can post.
    And that was using windows NT

  • Ron Lewis

    It was worth at least a try. Until Tom finds something in his research, try the other settings in the exe. properties; that way you will have exhausted all of them with the hopes one will work!

  • Tom

    I have deployed a new version of the program, Build 23. This should fix the issue. If not, report back to me and I’ll dive into the code again.

  • Darlene Conrad

    YEAH, it is now working great with this new version. Now i have to try it on my laptop, and read about all the features. Thank you so much Tom and all who have tried to help me.what an excellent group of people.
    THANX bunches

  • Gary Blackman

    When using the check for update button I get a message “no internet connection detected”. This has been the case for the two versions I’ve used including the latest 1.2 build23. I’ve been checking your updates manually via the website.

    • Tom

      This should be corrected in Build 24.

  • Gary Blackman

    Thanks for the reply!! Great piece of software!

  • Mele

    Can you make “Disk Space Usage” show me how much space is used currently for restore points and how much I have reserved for restore points? Currently, it simply shows how much free space I have on my two hard disks. I had to go find System Restore (luckily, I have God Mode so it wasn’t that hard but, if I didn’t have that on Windows 8 Pro, I would have been stumbling around).

    Last time I checked Restore Point Creator I had five restore points. Today, I have only two yet there is a LOT of free space that I allocated for restore points. It would be nice to be able to quickly check the amount of unused space through your program.

    I decided Windows 8 cannot be trusted regarding restore points since it deleted three of the five for no reason. So, I set up a weekly task to make a restore point…but then that won’t help much if Windows 8 decides arbitrarily to just delete restore points on it own. Any chance you could make your program stop Windows 8 from doing this unless it needs to delete the oldest restore point in order to have room for the latest scheduled one? The C drive is an SSD so I don’t want a large number of restore points but I want more than the two that were there today.

    I suppose this is not important but for your info I installed the latest version a few minutes ago and it said it was missing a dll (two errors flashed by really fast on the screen so I didn’t really have time to read them) but then it fetched the dll and fixed itself! That’s impressive.

  • Mele

    I found a little window underneath the screen I was on so I didn’t know it was there until I happened to go directly to the desktop just now. I thought it was from Open Office upgrade that I just downloaded but it was from your program and said something about there were three help files (I didn’t realize your program has help files) that were the same name as the new ones and did I want to replace the old ones. It was a bit odd.

  • Paul C

    I see in Windows 8.1 they have done away with the Windows 7 file recovery (system image) although it can still be run without UI using Powershell. It would be fantastic if you could provide Windows 8.1 users an easy method to create a system image instead of the unfriendly powershell method. (wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:H: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet)

  • http://bob3160.blogspot.com/ Norbert (Bob) Gostischa

    The following video may be of help:

    • Tom

      Seriously, wow. Just wow! Thank you for the video on YouTube! And thank you for the promotion of my program! Keep it up!

  • Yehudi Schmaltz

    I love the ease of use of your program and I am creating restore points, but I am still having problems. Restore point show AOK but when I restart both your restore points and the ones the system created are gone. I have
    200 GB allowed for restore points.
    I always had deleted restore points before installing your program.
    I upgraded from Win 7/64 to Win 8/64 via Microsoft disk
    Computer is HP 110f

    Any Ideas ?

    • Tom

      Try this…

      1. Right-click My Computer> Properties, then click on the System Restore tab.
      2. Check the box that says “Disable Restore on all drives”
      3. Click “Apply” then reboot your PC. (you will be prompted to reboot)
      4. After the system fully reboots, go back to the System Restore tab again and uncheck the “Disable Restore on all drives” box.
      5. Reboot once more.
      6. After the second reboot, run System Restore Point Creator and click on “Create System Checkpoint”
      7. After the restore point has been created (assuming without error), select the Restore Point that the program just created in the list of restore points and click “Restore System to Selected System Restore Point”.

  • Mele

    Is there any way to force this junk I have (Win 8) to keep restore points beyond one week? Can you possibly make it so NONE are deleted until ALL the space allocated to restore points is used?

    I just updated from build 14 to build 15 and I had six restore points going back about two weeks before I updated. When I updated to build 14, a couple of days ago, I had six restore points and they were still there after updating. So, I don’t think updating this program to build 15 just now had anything to do with it, but when it restarted I only had three restore points beginning August 16. All three are ones I have scheduled through this program on Mondays and Fridays.

    Apparently, Microsoft, for some reason I cannot fathom, thinks that as soon as the third restore point is made, within an 8 day period, that all prior must be deleted (unless some bug in build 15 caused them to be deleted). The six I had were taking up less than 9% of the space allocated for restore points.

    Your submit comment button (and Mail address box also) keeps disappearing. I have to refresh the page to get them back and if I enlarge the comment box they disappear again. Probably some Windows 8 quirk.

  • http://bob3160.blogspot.com/ Norbert (Bob) Gostischa

    I have 14 restore points going back to 8/1/2013. I wonder if you have enough hard drive space set aside for extended creations ?
    I have 20 Gig set aside for restore points on my system.
    (System Properties > System Protection > Configure)

  • Joseph

    Hey Tom for some reason the program seems to be crashing. Once it is started and all thats said, is that a program has cause it to stop.

  • Tom

    Try redownloading the program.

  • http://bob3160.blogspot.com/ Norbert (Bob) Gostischa

    I’ve just had to add the programs path to the exempt list in avast! C:\Program Files (x86)\Restore Point Creator\*
    Strange since that wasn’t needed till this last build.

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  • bernd

    Hello Tom, I have just read everything, downloaded and installed the program. This is the utmost!! Congratulations for this nice work. It is so helpful. The video also is a great explaination. Thank you very much for all the effort you put into it

  • bernd

    may be you can put the “like” and “share” buttons for facebook and others on the bottom of this page to make it more popular. Just an idea.

  • bernd keller

    I have a question: it is understood that older restore point will be deleted after some time otr when there is not enough space, but is it possible to mark a certain restore point as a priority restore point not to be deleted?

    • Tom

      As far as I know, no; there is no way to prevent Windows from deleting specific restore points. Windows is really not equipped to handle that kind of functionality. If you really need that kind of functionality, your best route is to use something like Macrium Reflect Free to create a disk image to then keep that you can restore from at any time. Windows-based Restore Points are somewhat temporary, they’re not meant to be something that lives in the system forever.

  • bernd keller

    Ok thank you anyhow. Image as backup I do anyhow regularly, that is fine then.

  • MIKLO

    Very nice thanks so much for your hard work in making this app. I’m using Win 8 X64 and I was not able to get a daily restore point no matter what I did. :( After installing your software I was able to program my system restore points just as I wished. VVVVV cool thanks again, and it works perfectly:)
    MIKLO

  • bernd keller

    Hi MIKLO, yes and a very good thing is that you see all the restore points and you can delete individual unneeded restore points easily and keep those which are important for you. Bernd

  • Verne

    With you latest update I am getting”
    An unhandled applications has occurred etc etc…I have never seen that before, how can I download an older version that worked “just great”
    thanks
    Verne.

    • Tom

      Where are you getting this Unhandled Exception? I need to know this so that I can develop a fix for the bug and deploy a new version.

  • 4D

    very good tool :)

  • Greg Webb

    I’m also getting the ‘Unhandled Exception’ error. The full message is:

    Microsoft .Net Framework
    Unhandled exception has occurred in your application. If you click Continue, the application will ignore this error and attempt to continue. If you click Quit, the application will close immediately.

    No value exists with that name.

    [Continue] [Quit]

    I have .Net 4.0. I know it’s not the latest but I have automatic updates turned off.

  • Greg Webb

    (I’ve also tried XP compatibility but it hasn’t helped.)

  • Tom

    A new version is out that fixes a bug that two people who have commented on this page have been experiencing.

  • Greg Webb

    Hi Tom, I can confirm that the .Net error has been fixed (ver 2.3.23). Beaut program!

  • http://None jim u.

    Program does not create restore point on my windows 8.1 machine. I am using v. 1.3, build 25, installed yesterday.
    After entering description, and clicking create button, I get a message that ‘point was created’, but it never appears
    please advise.
    jim u

    • Tom

      It may take some time for the Restore Point to appear in the list.

  • http://None jim u.

    I understand it might take time for the points to show up. I read that in some of your other posts. However, I created 2 points yesterday and they never showed up.(overnight)
    I guess I will just use the restore program provided in windows.
    Deleting….

    • Tom

      Considering Windows 8.1 isn’t even officially out yet, I don’t even have a machine yet to test my program on. When it does come out, I will do the necessary adjustments to the program that are needed for Windows 8.1 support.

      Since a number of people who have Windows 8 (not 8.1) use this program with no issues, I figured that it should work exactly the same on Windows 8.1 considering that 8.1 is really just a small update to Windows 8. Under the hood is the same engine. At least, that’s what I assumed. I guess not.

    • Tom

      I’m downloading a copy of the Windows 8.1 Preview version since that’s all I have access to. I’ll try to find out what’s going on using the preview version but if it works in the Preview Edition, then I’m going to be have wait until 8.1 is officially released.

    • Tom

      OK, the bad part is that the program works as it should in the Windows 8.1 Preview Edition, Build 9431. What does this mean? It means that potentially something broke between Build 9431 and the official release of Windows 8.1 and I won’t know what that broken part is until I get my hands on Windows 8.1 and unfortunately, I won’t be able to get my hands on a copy until the official release date. Sorry.

      • Jim

        Thought you might like to know. I have not tried to use or upgrade the program since my last contact, but today it did record a restore point successfully .
        I will keep you posted !!
        thanks–
        jim u.

  • rene

    new Version 1.3.27 is crashing on Windows 8 64 bit, exception type: System.nullreferenceException, is there any solution?

    • trparky

      What were you doing at the time it happened? Did you get a window that said that there was an unhandled program error or something like that? If so, I need the data from that window. You should be able to submit that data from the program window itself. Also, include details on what you were doing at the time the crash happened.

  • rene

    Crash with new Version 1.41, Windows 8, 64 bit, I have not been doing something specialy, just had Outlook und IE running at the time, here is the crash data

    Message: Der Objektverweis wurde nicht auf eine Objektinstanz festgelegt.
    Exception Type: System.NullReferenceException

    The exception occurred bei Restore_Point_Creator.My.CryptSocketEncoding.Method(String column)
    bei Restore_Point_Creator.Form1.loadPreferences()
    bei Restore_Point_Creator.Form1.Form1_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    bei System.EventHandler.Invoke(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    bei System.Windows.Forms.Form.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
    bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl(Boolean fIgnoreVisible)
    bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl()
    bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmShowWindow(Message& m)
    bei System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
    bei System.Windows.Forms.Form.WndProc(Message& m)
    bei System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

    best regards
    rene

    • trparky

      Did you at all have a window appear that stated that a program error occurred? If so, please submit the crash report using that instead of putting them in comments here; it’s cluttering up the comments. Not to mention that there’s no safe way for you to post an email address for me to contact you back at. Submitting crash data via the program allows you the user to submit an email address safely which is important for me to be able to work with you to fix the issue.

  • Harish Kaji

    Sir !!!! you did good job !!!!! very nice utility for restore point …. how to run this utility in startup automaticaly and creat restore point at startup ????? it is most important Sir !!!!!!!

    • trparky

      There is something called “Schedule a System Restore Point” on the main window. That’s what you would use to schedule the creation of system restore points.

  • Toni

    Just a thought, wouldn’t it be easy to have Restore Point Creator in your right-click menu?

    • trparky

      In the right-click menu where?

  • jamessite

    My schedule Restore Point does not seem to be working. I have downloaded the latest version.

    • trparky

      OK, what version of Windows are you running? There are a couple of things to check.

  • TRINI-TECHY

    Hey tom I am up and coming pc tech, an I was wondering if you have ever thought of creating a driverback utility. I know that there is driverbackup which works great but it has not been updated since 2010 I know this is asking for much but, I just wanted to know if you have ever thought of this or would talk on the task probably come up with a licensing price for businesses would be nice. That way you won’t feel like you are under any pressure having to update all you creations.

  • jamessite

    I am using Windows 7 Home Premium

    • trparky

      Go to the Start Menu and type in “Schedule”, it should give you a result for Task Scheduler. Click on it. Find “System Restore Checkpoint by System Restore Point Creator” in the list of tasks. Click on the Actions tab. Now, in the details part you should find a string of text with “.exe” in it. Something like “C:Program Files (x86)Restore Point CreatorRestore Point Creator.exe”. Take that piece of text minus “Restore Point Creator.exe”, copy it to the Windows clipboard or at least remember it, and open up Windows Explorer by clicking on My Computer and then pasting what you copied/remembered to the Location bar at the top of the window. If the file “Restore Point Creator.exe” exists, then we need to do some more troubleshooting but let’s check this part out first.

  • bob

    New user, win8 I just cannot get the scheduler to run. I wonder what I am doing wrong?
    Thanks
    Bob Kassl

    • trparky

      Alright, I have updated the program with a new version. Hopefully this should fix the issue you’re having.

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  • nextgraf

    Such a great program Sir. Really appreciate it. Re your instructions for troubleshooting scheduling restore points from 14 days ago. On my Wind 8.1 vivobook ” “Restore Point Creator.exe” exists, then…”

    What must I do now to get it to work? Thanks so much.

    • trparky

      Have you upgraded to Version 1.7 Build 1? I have fixed a number of issues that may fix your issue.

      • nextgraf

        oops.. posted back in wrong reply. See my reply to myself. jeez

    • nextgraf

      I’ll try that and post back. Just moved up to 1.6 build 10. Thanks for the reply!

      • nextgraf

        Hey… that worked! Personalizing 3 new pcs… This will definitely reduce my number of excursions up s**t creek. Thanks so much for tweaking that through! And thanks for answering.

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  • DannyJ

    When will it support fully Win 8.1? When I click Create System Restore Point it the pop-up window immediately comes up and says it has created the restore point, but in reality it does not create anything.

    • trparky

      Alright, I will look into the situation.

    • trparky

      I have done some tests in the Windows 8.1 installation that I have installed in a virtual machine and it appears that the program work exactly like it should. When you create a restore point it may take some time for it to be created in the background.

    • trparky

      I just put out a new version that may fix your issue. There is a possibility that you were hit with a bug that happened when you upgraded from 8 to 8.1.

  • DannyJ

    Thank you. The new version works fine.. Seems that this update from 8 to 8.1 has not been the best job MS has done. There are a lot of more bugs.

  • BBB

    I have tried this program several times and can NOT get it to work. It gives me an “Unhandled Application Error Detected” error every time I load it up. I am using Win7 64-bit. I have downloaded v. 1.7 (the latest version). Can you help?

  • Bob G

    I tried to submit a crash report but could not get to a place to do so. Therefore, reluctantly, I am submitting the report I get when i try to run Restore Point Creator after installation:

    Restore Point Creator Fails

    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: CLR20r3
    Problem Signature 01: restore point creator.exe
    Problem Signature 02: 1.7.3.0
    Problem Signature 03: 526b23a3
    Problem Signature 04: mscorlib
    Problem Signature 05: 4.0.30319.17929
    Problem Signature 06: 4ffa561c
    Problem Signature 07: 3e0b
    Problem Signature 08: 4
    Problem Signature 09: System.IO.FileNotFoundException
    OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
    Locale ID: 1033
    Additional Information 1: 0a9e
    Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
    Additional Information 3: 0a9e
    Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

    I do have Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 installed on my PC

    • trparky

      Go to http://bit.ly/16gSCV9 and download that file. Run it and get back to me. It is a special debug build that I have available that should help pinpoint where the issue is.

  • MIke

    The program works great on my microsoft surface pro tablet. The one big problem is that the font is so small to read, and the full screen does not show up. Great product!

    • trparky

      Well, the program is a more traditional Windows program unlike the ModernUI apps that work in the full screen mode. I may come up with a way to increase the font size but that’s in the future.

  • Maximus

    Dear Sit,
    Your choice to abandon XP, sounds like Micro$oft’s. Not to argue your opinion, but are you aware, just how many people still use and depend on XP, not just in the USA, but World Wide? You may be surprised.

    As an old timer who’s been around as long as M$ [and lived in Seattle while it evolved], I have learned [the hard way] 2 things about M$. (1) Very profitable business, that historically releases a new operating system, without knowing if it’s truly ready for prime time. (2) Historically it takes 5 years to work out all the bugs of a new OS, and typically it’s the user community that has to find out what works and what doesn’t, not M$. M$ only introduces the upgrades to correct the problem.

    Is XP really dead, just because M$ says so? Not in my book. If OS’s that followed XP were better, I would be the first to put my XP to rest, but so far, Vista, Sys 7, and now Sys 8 ‘claims’ to be better, [having owned them all] I can attest my XP is still the most reliable, stable and adaptable system I’ve ever had. And that’s why [my] those computers were boxed up and sit in my closet, (and yes I can afford to do that), as I continue on my XP. Just because Sys8 resembles a person’s cell phone, doesn’t make it a better choice. For me, a computer is a tool, not a toy.

    If you were to investigate the architecture of XP compared to Sys8, you would understand why XP w/2 GB system RAM, will out run Sys8 w/8GB system RAM. And yes, I’ve proved it to myself, in my own private side-by-side tests, where both setups were running quad [4x Samsung] monitors, so I speak from experience. One system has a simple architecture , while the other is so complicated, it’s stumbles under it’s own weight.

    Your choice to abandon XP [in my opinion], is not based on facts, but rather, factoids. [10/2013]

    • trparky

      There are a lot of checks that I have to make sure to do when dealing with Windows XP inside the program. Don’t do this, don’t do that, disable this, and disable that all because Windows XP doesn’t support those options or they are broken under Windows XP because it only partially supports those options.

      Personally, I run Windows 7 as my full time operating system and only run Windows XP in a virtual machine for testing purposes. My hardware in my computer is so advanced that Windows XP couldn’t handle it. When you have a Core i5 Quad-Core CPU, 16 GBs of RAM, a high-end video card, and an SSD as the boot drive you can start to see exactly why Windows XP wouldn’t support it. I have no plans on going to Windows 8 or 8.1 (again I only run them in a virtual machine for testing) because I think that Microsoft is out of the ever living minds if they think that Windows 8’s train wreck of an OS in which there is an obviously tablet/touchscreen oriented interface and a traditional desktop interface smashed together was a good idea. Windows 8 is a train wreck for traditional desktop users such as myself, plain and simple.

      Windows XP won’t be supported by Microsoft after April of 2014. What does that mean for users who still use Windows XP? That means no security patches, no support, no nothing. It’ll become a hacker’s fun house.

      I could go on with all of the technical reasons why Windows 7 is technically superior to Windows XP but that would be a whole day’s discussion. I for one know that from personal experience that Windows XP’s multi-core CPU support was a hack at worst, an after-thought at best. Windows 7’s kernel is far more capable of handling today’s multi-core CPUs than Windows XP can.

  • Mr. Phil

    I have Win7 SP1 OS. The first day I used your program I created a restore well and good. However, I can no longer run the program. It crashes almost immediately upon running it with the following error message. I subsequently tried to apply Vista compatibility to the program but it didn’t help. So if you can let me know when/if you make a fix I would be happy to try it out again. Thanks……..

    Error message from the crash—————————————————

    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: CLR20r3
    Problem Signature 01: restore point creator.exe
    Problem Signature 02: 1.7.3.0
    Problem Signature 03: 526b23a3
    Problem Signature 04: System.Management
    Problem Signature 05: 4.0.30319.17929
    Problem Signature 06: 4ffa5bd3
    Problem Signature 07: fe
    Problem Signature 08: 139
    Problem Signature 09: PSZQOADHX1U5ZAHBHOHGHLDGIY4QIXHX
    OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3
    Locale ID: 1033
    Additional Information 1: 7422
    Additional Information 2: 74225b77da75245c40e6d77a4d35624d
    Additional Information 3: c890
    Additional Information 4: c890b7a1f1eb882ab72e256c111e538a

  • Mr. Phil

    I tried downloading the ~debug~ version and running it also. Got the following crash error message:

    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: CLR20r3
    Problem Signature 01: restore point creator.exe
    Problem Signature 02: 1.7.3.0
    Problem Signature 03: 526b2338
    Problem Signature 04: mscorlib
    Problem Signature 05: 4.0.30319.17929
    Problem Signature 06: 4ffa57ca
    Problem Signature 07: 43c1
    Problem Signature 08: 9a
    Problem Signature 09: System.IO.IOException
    OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3
    Locale ID: 1033
    Additional Information 1: 99eb
    Additional Information 2: 99ebd1707db23dc15861995d4d97ff94
    Additional Information 3: 5f6b
    Additional Information 4: 5f6b04f6cf5b19b856c97be31c82539c

    • trparky

      There should be a mention about what function the error occurred in. I have looked over the code that’s involved in the start-up phase of the program three times already and all them have at the very least a IF IO.FILE.EXIST() THEN check around it, that’s Programming 1010 for programmers. I’m going through the code again for the fourth time looking for anything that might cause it. I’m putting more checks into places than I had them before but that shouldn’t change anything considering that when the program starts up it checks for all important files and creates them if need be at the start-up phase.

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  • Dan

    Great product but I can not get it to make a scheduled restore point in Windows 8.1. In the task manager it shows that it has run the task but no restore point was created. No problem running the program manually. I also ran the program as administrator to create the schedule for a task and it made no difference. Any ideas?

    • trparky

      Try updating to the new version. I think you may have been hit by the 8 to 8.1 update issue.

      • Dan

        I am running your latest version. 1.7 3. And I have read the other posts in this forum but it does remain a head scratcher.
        This Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 update issue is there any way that you know of getting around it? Or fixing it?

        • Dan

          I have done some more trouble shooting and it would seem that Windows 8.1 system restore is working properly i.e. It creates a restore point before installing new software. Windows 8 never did do this and that is why I had to revert to creating daily scheduled restore points. Thanks Tom.

          • trparky

            I have a new debug version out so if you would like to try it, please give me some feedback.
            http://www.toms-world.org/debug/RestorePointCreator.exe

          • trparky

            I have a new beta version out right now so I encourage you to download it and find out if it fixes the issues you’re having. I have a massive amount of fixes in store for a new future version.

          • Dan

            Tried your new beta version and yes it did create a scheduled restore point in Windows 8.1

          • trparky

            Good to hear. I have a massive new set of features and fixes coming soon when the beta testing period is done.

  • brotman

    Hi,
    Great program, I use it often. recently it has started reporting the the system checkpoint creation failed. How can I find out whst caused the failure so i can try to fix it???

    • trparky

      At this point I would try and make a restore point using the more traditional method, if it fails there reply back with the error message and I will look into why this is happening. Unfortunately the API I use to access the Windows restore point sub-system either gives a Yes or No answer, no details as to why the “No” happened.

  • Bill

    Crash report submission routine fails!
    I have a screen shot of the main and report failure.
    I’ll submit it if you give me the proceedure.
    Bill

  • MIKLO

    I’m using Windows 8 home X64 and this program does exactly what I want as opposed to the Win 8 sys restore. I’d like to thank the author for all the hard work it took to bring this “kickass” software to us. What a concept it does just what it says it will do unlike so many other “freeware” apps. So thanks again for a very cool useful program.
    MIKLO

    • trparky

      Thank you. I have put a lot of work into this program. If you don’t mind, throw something into the tip jar. It’s a freeware application and yes I promise that it’ll always remain a freeware application with absolutely no limitations or feature locks and absolutely no requirement to pay for it but I still do appreciate something thrown in the tip jar.

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  • Derik Dang

    how can I view other restore point? I don’t any option when I lauched there
    -guest

    • trparky

      What do you mean?

      • Derik Dang

        I can’t seem to see any “previous / earlier” Restore Point after I passed 7 or more Restore Point. Is it possible if I can view and choose any particular stage so I can restore it? The software shown that it has created more than 7 restore point set, BUT I can’t see any of them except for the 7th.

        • trparky

          The program will show all restore points on the system, there is no limit to how many the program will show. However, if there isn’t enough space on the drive to hold any new restore points Windows will automatically delete older restore points to make room for new ones. I have a feeling that what’s happening is that you’re creating new restore points and Windows is deleting older ones to make room for the new one you just made. You can see how much space is being used by System Restore by clicking on System Restore Point Utilities -> View Disk Space Usage. If you find that there isn’t enough space you can click on “Manage System Restore Storage Space” on the Disk Space Usage window.

          • Derik Dang

            Thanks. I’ll try to adjust the “Disk Space Usage” to see if the program will work better. Is there a recommend setting for disk space if I want to see a least 10 restore points at all time? Thanks

          • trparky

            That is something I can’t answer since I don’t know the size of your storage drives. Normally I recommend anywhere from 20 to 40 GBs of space for restore points per drive that’s installed in the system.

  • ben

    Not working on my Windows 8.1 enterprise. This method worked for me: http://techzend.com/create-system-restore-point-windows-81/

    • trparky

      I will take a look into it. The bad part is that I don’t have a copy of Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition, I will have to see if I can get a trial of it and test it.

  • Harry Smith

    Tom: Here’s a general Restore Point question for you…. Is it possible to Store/restore to another disc, say my external backup? Is this even advisable?

    • trparky

      No, I’m sorry. There isn’t.

  • JBSnoopy

    Message: Die Objektvariable oder die With-Blockvariable wurde nicht festgelegt.
    Exception Type: System.NullReferenceException

    The exception occurred bei Microsoft.VisualBasic.CompilerServices.Symbols.Container..ctor(Object Instance)
    bei Microsoft.VisualBasic.CompilerServices.NewLateBinding.LateGet(Object Instance, Type Type, String MemberName, Object[] Arguments, String[] ArgumentNames, Type[] TypeArguments, Boolean[] CopyBack)
    bei Restore_Point_Creator.My.Cache.Cache()
    bei System.Threading.ExecutionContext.RunInternal(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
    bei System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
    bei System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
    bei System.Threading.ThreadHelper.ThreadStart()

    • trparky

      Where did this occur?

      • JBSnoopy

        Just when I start Restore Point Creator. It occurs since the last Windows 7 Patch Day (Tuesday).

        • trparky

          OK, I have a debug build for you. http://www.toms-world.org/debug/RestorePointCreator.exe

          I have included some fixes in it.

          • JBSnoopy

            Now I get this error:

            Message: Der Objektverweis wurde nicht auf eine Objektinstanz festgelegt.
            Exception Type: System.NullReferenceException

            The exception occurred bei Restore_Point_Creator.Form1.updateSystemRestorePointsList()

          • trparky

            OK, I have a new debug build up. Try that one.

          • JBSnoopy

            This build works. Many thanks to you !

          • trparky

            OK, I have an official beta out now. If you would like to move to the beta test branch for future testing you can do that by going to Program Options -> Program Updates Channel -> Public Betas.

        • trparky

          Another set of Windows Updates that break something. Great. UGH!

  • fernando guillamon

    the Submit Crash Report do not working. Also not is a crash,is a bug, im with a aplication update and the program auto create a new restoration point and stop all. Not more new restorationm points. Pass some days i create a new point and all ok . Two very big problem. OK and you have a very big and good work

  • JBSnoopy

    Is there a way to mount a Restore Point ? – Like System Restore Explorer ?

  • Amir

    The porgram do not show the latest restore points, it only shows the last restore point? the code is 115, how can i see restore points from 1 to 114?

    • trparky

      The Restore Point ID numbers are incremented with each new restore point on Windows Vista and newer. With each new one you create the ID number goes up. This is normal.

      As for why you have no other restore points on the system there are a number of reasons. There may not be enough reserved restore point space available to store more restore points though starting with version 2.1 the program should automatically notify you about this situation and give you a series of procedures to resolve said issue.

  • fernando

    When go to use your soft do not recup and that error

    Message: Acceso denegado. (Excepción de HRESULT: 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED))
    Exception Type: System.UnauthorizedAccessException

    The exception occurred en System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ThrowExceptionForHRInternal(Int32 errorCode, IntPtr errorInfo)
    en System.Management.ManagementScope.InitializeGuts(Object o)
    en System.Management.ManagementScope.Initialize()
    en System.Management.ManagementObjectSearcher.Initialize()
    en System.Management.ManagementObjectSearcher.Get()
    en Restore_Point_Creator.My.GraphicsDefaultGuid.CountNull()

    a very good and difficult problem

    By a mistake I delete some lignes of good code.

    By W8 the last point of recuperatio is the day 28

    fguillam@gmail.com

  • fguillam

    Message: Acceso denegado. (Excepción de HRESULT: 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED))
    Exception Type: System.UnauthorizedAccessException

    The exception occurred en System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ThrowExceptionForHRInternal(Int32 errorCode, IntPtr errorInfo)
    en System.Management.ManagementScope.InitializeGuts(Object o)
    en System.Management.ManagementScope.Initialize()
    en System.Management.ManagementObjectSearcher.Initialize()
    en System.Management.ManagementObjectSearcher.Get()
    en Restore_Point_Creator.My.GraphicsDefaultGuid.CountNull()

    That in two machines with win8.1 64 bits and not are possible to create any point restore

  • Mikhail

    Thanks for a good program! There are two ideas to improve it.
    1) It changes RPGlobalInterval parameter to the default value 86400. I recommend to make this operation optional.
    2) Russian translation is desirable.

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  • MIKLO

    I have just encountered a problem that when I run the program I lose both of my USB external drives, when I try and open I get an error saying not accessible. I am using Win 8 X64, I have run SFC, also restored to a earlier time,ran for malware. Any help would be appreciated cuz I really like using but am not able with this problem.
    MIKLO

    • trparky

      Upgrade to version 2.2 Build 3 by using Check for Updates in the program. There is a fix for Windows 8/8.1 users in it that should resolve your issue.

  • Joesixpack

    I screwed up my system. I guess indulging in hobbies, bad chess player, comes with it’s penalties. I need to go back in time. February 1 would be good. How or can it be done. I know I have done at least one restore in the past but it doesn’t show.

  • Stan Hood

    This is off base-But I need Win 8.1.1 update ISO copy. If U do let me Know.

  • Mohindar Sandhu

    When some restore points are deleted, does it reduce the amount of bytes in the hard drive belonging to those restore points? I was going to donate little bit what I can afford, however it kept asking me the name of state or province, I am from Canada and all those states listed are from America

    • trparky

      Yes, it does free up the space of restore points that you delete.

      You may have to switch to the Canadian version of PayPal. PayPal.ca is the domain for the Canadian version of PayPal. My PayPal email address account should still work to send money to despite the fact that my account is an American account and yours is a Canadian.

  • Mohindar Sandhu

    Thanks for your prompt reply. I have never sent any money through PayPal, I usually my master card or visa, however, it is not working, please let me know.

  • fguillam

    In two machines with windows 8.1

    Message: No se puede crear el componente ActiveX.
    Exception Type: System.Exception

    The exception occurred en Microsoft.VisualBasic.Interaction.GetObject(String PathName, String Class)
    en Restore_Point_Creator.SystemRestorePointCreator.Functions.Functions.List()
    en Restore_Point_Creator.My.Keyword.Store(Object index, StartupEventArgs pchostinfo)

  • Mike Norris

    Great product!!!
    I have a high resolution tablet. I cannot read your program’s small print. I can not change the font size in the control panel, because that would affect all the other programs on my tablet. Do you have any suggestions or possible help? Thanks for anything you can do.

  • Hoody

    Just wondering, what is it about this small program that requires constant updating?

    • trparky

      Well, I’m trying to code around issues that people seem to have with the program that’s a result of their machines being broken in some way. I use the program on my own machines and have no issues with it but others do seem to have issues with it. I have been trying to implement fixes into the program to try and fix those people’s machines that have issues but so far have been rather unsuccessful. I have a feeling that if that tool on Tweaking.com doesn’t fix their machines, it’s time for them to format and reload.

      • Hoody

        OK, like I said I was just wondering since there seems to be a lot of them.

        So far I haven’t experienced any problems with it myself, I don’t use it that much as it is, only when I want to make a restore point on my own for some reason, Windows makes them as it is.

        However since it won’t let you remove ALL restore points, only the ones prior to the last one, I still use system protection to remove all points prior to doing my full defrag and image backups.

        Other than that it hasn’t been a problem using it.

        • trparky

          May 1, 2014 — Version 2.3 Build 10
          The program now allows users to delete all restore points including the most recent System Restore Point. However, default settings for the program is setup so that it won’t allow you to do so. To enable this you must go to “Program Options/Settings” and then click on “Allow for deletion of all System Restore Points”.

          • Hoody

            Cool, Thanks, saves me the extra clicks to go to system :)

  • brs

    hey Tom — I’m wondering if it’s possible to use this in conjunction with a custom application installer, to allow the user the option to create a restore point before installing my application ??
    many thanks
    b

    • trparky

      Short answer, no. Long answer, I don’t have any APIs in place to allow this to occur. However, if you need such a utility made I could make a stand-alone file that will do what you need.

  • David

    Hi, I have 4 partitions. I set system restore on on 2 of them, off on 2. When Restore Point Creator creates a restore point, it enables system restore on all partitions. I’ve just checked explicitly. This is not what I require, as it could mean I lose information in using a restore point. Thanks. (Win 8.1 32 bit)

    • http://saamu.net PapyNet

      Hello!
      +1
      Georges (W8.1 64 bits)

      • http://saamu.net PapyNet

        Hello!
        Le Build 8 corrige le problème
        Merci

        Build 8 fixes the problem
        Thank you

  • Charlie

    Hi Tom,

    When I create a restore point on my Windows 7 SP1 64 bit computer, RPC switches on System Restore for all my partitions when I only switched it on for my C drive i.e. my OS drive. How do I create a restore point for only C drive?

    Also, what is ‘Check System Drives for Full Storage Data’?

    When I click ‘manage system storage space’, I get an error ‘Shadow Copy Service Provider Error detected’. What is this? How do I fix this?

  • Hoody

    U think U could add another tab to show the size of the restore point? Like when I go to system, system protection it opens the restore point box, there when I click the drive, and click “configure” it will show me the size of the restore point.

    Thanks :)

  • Sam

    Hi Tom,

    Unfortunately, previous system Restore Points can be damaged at times or accidentally deleted. Windows doesn’t provide a feature to backup them. Just recently my Restore Points were accidentally deleted, and I had to Recover the entire multi-gigabyte system volume from backup after some OS features malfunction instead of just recovering a few megs of the previous Restore Point. Is it possible for you to add Export & Import Restore Points feature? It would allow to backup older Restore Points to another disk just in case they’ll be gone on the prime drive. Very important and almost impossible to find feature in any backup package.

  • ThomasKing

    I was fan of system restore of Windows XP before April-14 but it seems they have stopped the support. I have installed Deep Freeze ( http://www.faronics.com/products/deep-freeze/standard/ )on my XP. It is a system restore software by Faronics. Heard good reviews about it. Did you know about?

    • trparky

      Yes, I have heard of it. And yes, you are right that Microsoft has pulled support for Windows XP. They have been saying that they will be pulling support for Windows XP for nearly a year prior to April 14th of 2014. Yes, you can continue using Windows XP with Deep Freeze if you so choose to do so but that is not a very recommended thing to do at all.

      It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by both me and a lot of other people to upgrade your operating system to at least Windows 7. If you computer can’t handle Windows 7, then it’s time to upgrade your computer’s hardware. Again, it’s HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to upgrade to at least Windows 7. There are going to be no more security patches for Windows XP and that will leave you open to many future threats to your privacy, data, and your identity.

      • ThomasKing

        Thanks for you reply. Appreciated! I will think about upgrading my machine to Windows 7.

  • BrucieK

    Hi, Tom–

    Thank you for creating this terrific utility. I just paid a visit to your tip jar — you did a great job!

    I’m a recent XP-to-Windows 7 (Professional) convert, and the reason I’m using your utility is because I couldn’t get Windows 7 to create restore points through the Task Scheduler utility, no matter how I tinkered with the settings. The history tab of the Task Scheduler claimed it WAS creating restore points regularly, but they were never showing up in the System Restore utility. I spent the better part of the week searching the web for solutions and hanging on the phone with Microsoft, and they couldn’t figure out the problem, either. When
    I finally told them about your utility, they said, “This guy sounds like he knows more about Windows than we do!” The ultimate compliment.

    A few questions, if you have a second:

    1) How is it that I couldn’t get Task Scheduler to create restore points as efficiently (and visibly) as yours? If your utility is indeed running through Task Scheduler, then apparently Task Scheduler is working properly, right? The only thing I can think of is that the Microsoft’s Restore Point command is wrong. According to task Scheduler, it’s :
    %windir%system32rundll32.exe /d srrstr.dll,ExecuteScheduledSPPCreation

    2) Or maybe Task Scheduler is actually saving the restore points in a different location? I (carefully) checked the System Volume Information folder, and they’re not there. Perhaps the Task Scheduler is saving them elsewhere? (My problems with Task Scheduler began after I backed up my computer onto an extrenal drive; so is it possible Windows is now continuing to try to write the Restore Points to that drive?)

    3) When I check Restore Point Creator’s properties in Task Scheduler, the folder is “blank” inside. Is that because you’ve made the commands invisible by design (or, what you call “code obfuscation” in your release notes)?

    4) I noticed that when I run my Windows Services utilities, Task Scheduler is one of the only services in which the settings options (Automatic, Manual, etc.) are grayed out, making it impossible to stop and start the service manually. Is that normal?

    Once again, thanks for the great utility! I’ve got it up and running and scheduled to my specifications, and it works like a charm!

    –Bruce

    • trparky

      Well, I consider that the ultimate compliment as well. Now if only those guys over at Microsoft could find me and um… perhaps give me a job? LOL

      1. The command should work to create restore points but for whatever reason, it isn’t working for you. As for why? I can’t say. I couldn’t get it to work either hence the reason why I wrote this little gem of a program.
      2. There is only one location that restore points are saved in so that’s not an issue with my program or that command.
      3. There is a folder called “Restore Point Creator” in the Task Scheduler that should hold three tasks. The creation of the restore points is all done using calls to approved Microsoft Windows APIs.
      4. Yes, that’s normal. The Windows Task Scheduler is a critical Windows service and it can’t be disabled.

      Again, thanks for your feedback and your donation. It’s nice to know that people find my program useful.

  • Makro

    i have a question is it possible to Store/restore to another disc, say my external backup? have u tried ? let me know ……