Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I do to get in on the beta program?
Q: Why is the executable file so huge? What’s going on?
Q: I just upgraded to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and all my System Restore Points disappeared. Did you break something? What the heck happened?
Q: Why aren’t your programs digitally signed?
Q: Is there a way to save restore points to another drive such as an external drive?
Q: Why are you pulling support for Windows XP?
Q: But I like Windows XP! Why can’t you continue supporting Windows XP?
Q: But I like Windows XP! Put Windows XP support back in!


Q: What do I do to get in on the beta program?
A: Please go to this page to get more information.
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Q: Why is the executable file so huge? What’s going on?
A: It’s simple… I distribute the program with all necessary third-party DLLs embedded in the program’s main executable file. This makes it so that the program doesn’t require any additional DLLs to run, the program has all required DLLs included as part of the executable. This makes for a much cleaner distribution of the program and doesn’t require the user to download and install any additional files for the program to function; it’s part of it. As of right now there are three DLLs embedded inside the executable file so that’s why it’s pretty hefty in the file size department.
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Q: I just upgraded to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and all my System Restore Points disappeared. Did you break something? What the heck happened?
A: First, no… I didn’t break anything. Second, blame Microsoft. I know, you’re going to tell that Microsoft is everyone’s favorite punching bag but in this case, it’s the truth. Microsoft deleted your restore points as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Little to people know that when you install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update it’s really like installing a whole new operating system along with transplanting your installed programs and data from one installation to another. Yes, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is really installing a whole new operating system; it’s not one of those regular run-on-the-mill Windows Updates you get every month. So with all of that said, yeah… blame Microsoft. Oy vey. *shakes head*
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Q: Why aren’t your programs digitally signed?
A: The answer is simple… getting a code-signing digital certificate is expensive for a one-man developer who just so happens to write these programs as a hobby. If someone were to say offer a code-signing certificate to me I would be forever grateful.
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Q: Is there a way to save restore points to another drive such as an external drive?
A: Unfortunately, that’s not possible. My program uses only what’s provided by Microsoft in Windows. Restore Points aren’t meant to be a kind of long-term backup solution, they’re meant to be used in case something goes wrong for instance during an installation of new software, drivers, change of settings, Windows Updates, etc. Basically it’s a way to be able to salvage your system by “going back in time” to before what ever happened that either rendered your system inoperable or not working properly. Again, this is a short-term solution and should not be considered to be a long-term solution of any kind.
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If you do need this kind of solution I suggest looking into disk imaging software such as Macrium Reflect, best of all, it’s free. It allows you to create full disk images of your system drive that can be restored if something goes wrong using a specially created boot CD that Macrium Reflect and other software like it creates.
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Q: Why are you pulling support for Windows XP?
A: Simple. The operating system had official support pulled by Microsoft two years ago. Two years is more than enough time to move on from an older operating system.
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Q: But I like Windows XP! Why can’t you continue supporting Windows XP?
A: To tell you the truth, supporting Windows XP is a headache and a half. There’s so many things that newer versions of Windows (like Vista and newer) support that completely break on Windows XP. The amount of code that I have to put in to disable things in the program that just don’t work on Windows XP is horrendous and it makes the code that much harder to support and maintain.
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Q: But I like Windows XP! Put Windows XP support back in!
A: That’s not a question, that sounds more like an order. Nope, sorry. Windows XP support will not ever come back to the program.
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Suggestions on more questions and answers can be added as a comment to this page and will be added to this official list.

  • cgl

    Setop won’t finish. Leaves icon on the taskbar but the program is not there! Have to use task manager to close taskbar icon.

    • trparky

      I pushed out a new installer package that removes a part of the installation routine. This should fix the issue you’re having.

  • Timothy Gan

    I have an earlier version of the program (Restore Point Creator). To install the latest version 5.3, do I need to uninstall the earlier version or the new version will just update and overwrite the earlier version ?

    • Just open the old version and allow the updater to install the current version. It’s that simple.

  • sgrandin

    Is there a way to turn off the program opening on screen? I prefer the restore point just be created – I can see it running from the system drive light – and not have to deal with a program opening on screen. Thanks,

    • trparky

      If you pin the program to the Windows taskbar you can access the various jumplist tasks. The jumplist tasks can be accessed by right-clicking on the pinned icon. Those Jumplist tasks will do what you’re asking.