Windows – Minimum space to allocate for Windows System Restore points

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I'm using Win7 and am wondering what is the minimum space that is recommended to allocate for the System Restore function.
It's currently (by default) set to 7.5 GB which seems an awful lot.

How much should be set to allow it to save 1 or 2 points by default, would 500MB – 1GB be enough?

Best Answer

The amount is dependent on the software actually installed on your computer. With time it will increase, as registry fragmentation sets in.

It's a good idea not to minimize the allocation too much, since the ability to go back a week might sometime save your skin (I mean the computer's).

The simplest way to calculate how much space you need at the moment, is to calculate the total disk space taken by the restore points and divide it by their number.

Here's how to calculate this on Vista (and probably Win7):
How To Reduce Disk Space Used By Windows Vista System Restore

For XP see:
Windows XP System Restore Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)