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Please Help - System Restore cannot find any Restore Points?

Q: Please Help - System Restore cannot find any Restore Points?

Hi there,

My Windows 7 Home (64bit), Dell 1721 Inspiron has just crashed. I cannot enter Windows in Safe Mode.

I can however access the System Recovery page but it says that it cannot find any restore points. The message is:

"To use System Restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore.
Restart this computer, select an operating system, and then select System Restore".
The issue is actually as described here:
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows Recovery Options, i.e. no Operating Systems are being shown.

I know the machine creates regular Restore Points; I had even checked this in Task Scheduler in the past and all was working fine.

In order to show the Operating Systems it is requesting that the hard disk drivers are installed.

I've downloaded the AMD SATA drivers from here: DriverPack Mass Storage 10.03 for Windows Vista (x64) | DriverPacks.net

and when I click "Load Drivers" then it says "Adding Drivers..." and then it goes back to the same screen, i.e. the first screen here: SATA Drivers - Load in Windows Recovery Options

So to summarise, I know there are restore points, but I cannot access them.

I'm really stuck so any ideas are appreciated.


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A: Please Help - System Restore cannot find any Restore Points?

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Hi there,

My Windows 7 Home (64bit), Dell 1721 Inspiron has just crashed. I cannot enter Windows in Safe Mode.

I can however access the System Recovery page but it says that it cannot find any restore points. The message is:

"To use System Restore, you must specify which Windows installation to restore.
Restart this computer, select an operating system, and then select System Restore".
The issue is actually as described here:
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows Recovery Options, i.e. no Operating Systems are being shown.

I know the machine creates regular Restore Points; I had even checked this in Task Scheduler in the past and all was working fine.

In order to show the Operating Systems it is requesting that the hard disk drivers are installed.

I've downloaded the AMD SATA drivers from here: DriverPack Mass Storage 10.03 for Windows Vista (x64) | DriverPacks.net

and when I click "Load Drivers" then it says "Adding Drivers..." and then it goes back to the same screen, i.e. the first screen here: SATA Drivers - Load in Windows Recovery Options

So to summarise, I know there are restore points, but I cannot access them.

I'm really stuck so any ideas are appreciated.


If I am not mistaken the message is not saying there are no restore points, it is saying you must select which windows OS you want to restore. DId it come with another OS on it (ie vista) and then was upgraded to win7?

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Not sure when this issue started, so not sure if this has anything to do with XP Pro SP3. System Restore appears to function normally until attempt to restore. Select restore point > confirmation screen, click next > result = stays on confirmation screen. No cpu activity. Disabled SR and tried to re-register dll's. Was only able to re-register srclient.dll. Other dll's report loaded but "DllServerRegister point not found. . ." Suggestions please.

A:System Restore runs, creates restore points, but can't restore

Hello & welcome to TSF,

To resolve this issue, restart the computer. If the error still occurs, search the hard drive for the presence of the Wininit.ini file, and then rename it. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Restart your computer in Safe or DOS Mode.
2. Click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
3. In the Named box, type wininit.ini.
4. In the Look in box, click Local hard drives, and then click Find Now.
5. Right-click the Wininit.ini file, click Rename, type wininit.xxx, and then click OK.
6. Close the Find Files window, and then run System Restore again.
7. If the previous steps do not resolve the problem, run the following command to repair the damaged portions of your registry:
scanreg /fix

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I'm using Vista Home Premium, and I'm wondering if there is any easy way of finding how much disk space the System Restore Points take up? And I would like to determine that without having to turn off System Restore and doing a comparison of HDD usage. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

A:System Restore Points -- how to find disk space they use?

Open an elevated comand prompt. (Start, All Programs, Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator)

Type:vssadmin List ShadowStorage
Press Enter.

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After struggling with a Windows XP crash for several days, I have finally been able to load my original version of Windows. Unfortunately, in order to backup data, I had installed a new Version of Windows in a different folder. This seems to have erased a lot of my original windows settings, including my main user account and my previous system restore points (and somehow put me back to SP2 instead of SP3).

However, The folder holding all of the information from my previous user account is still completely intact. Is there anyway to add my old user account to Windows so I can log into it?

Another question is whether my system restore points may still exist somewhere on the hard drive. Windows currently does not recognize any restore points, even though I had dozens of them from the past few months. I am assuming that they were destroyed when I installed the second copy of windows, but if anyone has any ideas if they could have survived I would love to hear them.

Thanks in advance for your help, and please let me know if you have any questions.

A:Possible to restore old user account? Find old Restore Points?

The new installation is just that, new, so the accounts and restore points from the old one won't work. The new installation has a completely different Security IDentifier (SID)

You can create a new account, then copy the user profile from the old folder to the new. You can't copy the settings though (the NTUser files), as the SID is different.

Follow these steps to copy the data over, but you may want to exclude the Application Data and Local Settings folders, or only copy the Outlook and Outlook Express folders. If you are not going to install ALL of the same applications again, you'll be copying data that you probably won't ever use.

You'll also want to first rename the old folder, so you can create a new account with the same name as the old. This is especially important if you use Outlook/Outlook Express.

Corrupted User Account
How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile
Note: You must sign in at least once to the New Account before you can copy the old profile, as the account folder is not created until it is signed into.
After copying the files, click on the New_Username folder, then click on the folder named Old_Username's Documents. Double click the Desktop.ini file, and change the line Owner=Old_Username to Owner=New_Username
Note that you will have to redo any customizations, i.e. wallpaper, colors, Folder Options, Cursors, etc.
Desktop.ini is a hidden file but if you followed the steps in the MS article your sy... Read more

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After struggling with a Windows XP crash for several days, I have finally been able to load my original version of Windows. Unfortunately, in order to backup data, I had installed a new Version of Windows in a different folder. This seems to have erased a lot of my original windows settings, including my main user account and my previous system restore points (and somehow put me back to SP2 instead of SP3).

However, The folder holding all of the information from my previous user account is still completely intact. Is there anyway to add my old user account to Windows so I can log into it?

Another question is whether my system restore points may still exist somewhere on the hard drive. Windows currently does not recognize any restore points, even though I had dozens of them from the past few months. I am assuming that they were destroyed when I installed the second copy of windows, but if anyone has any ideas if they could have survived I would love to hear them.

Thanks in advance for your help, and please let me know if you have any questions.

A:Possible to restore old user account? Find old Restore Points?

You should be able to copy the contents of the Documents and Settings folder from the old folder to the new one

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Automatic restore points are no longer being created in System restore on Vista laptop.
Manually created restore points disappear after a short time.
The following are the figures relating to System Restore;
Used Shadow Copy storage space 0 B
Allocated Shadow Copy storage space 0 B
Maximum Shadow Copy storage space 3 GB
Every time I try to increase the allocation the Maximum storage space increases but not
the allocation, and I get a message saying
Successfully resized the Shadow Copy storage association.
Would appreciate any help.

A:Automatic Restore Points No Longer Being Created In System Restore On Vista Laptop

I find this often happens when there are disk read errors. Try doing a chkdsk /r then retry creating a restore point.

Check Disk - chkdsk

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I have 8gb of space allocated to System Restore, all monitoring my C partition only. This space is always at least 85-90% used according to the System Protection screen. In the past I have had at least 15 restore points to choose from after ticking "show more restore points." But today I went to do a restore and there were only 7 points, despite almost the full 8gb allocation being shown as nearly full, as usual.

This is happening despite relative consistency in the size of my C partition at about 60gb. As always, I have the "restore system settings and previous versions of files" option chosen. And I've checked to ensure none of the drive's other partitions were inadvertently added to monitoring.

I've had Windows 7 for about three months, and saw a similar situation about two months ago. At that point I turned off System Restore and turned it back on, and things returned to normal. But now it's happening again, and this time I don't want to lose the Restore Points I currently have. Besides, the fact that this is happening makes me both curious and uncomfortable.

I've been creating 60% of my restore points manually. Is it possible those, for some reason, use a lot more space than automatically-generated points?

Would appreciate any ideas on what could be going on, and how to address it.

A:Allocated System Restore space holds far fewer restore points now

I suspect that one of your more recent restore points is taking more than the usual amount of space. This can vary widely. This could be due to a newly installed application or some kind of update.

On the few occasions I have used system restore it has always been the most recent restore point. The further back you go the more likely it is that the restore will fail or cause more problems than it solves.

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I wanted to see what was in some of the restore points of 2005,
so I restored back to a previous date and found software,
photos and things that I thought had been completely erased.
Is there a way to completely erase everything that is in system restore?

A:Solved: Can System Restore in XP be wiped clean of all previous restore points?

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I turned on my computer and realized that all of my files and programs were missing amongst all restore points. I ran Microsoft Security Essentials and no viruses were found. Is there any way to recover the lost data or is it a lost cause. I have a Toshiba, Windows 7, Intel Pentium. I am praying that I can recover this.

A:All files/ programs delete and system restore points..Is it possible to restore data?

Check your user's folder, are you using the same logon account ? Sometimes windows logon fails and you get directed to a temporary account + folders and all your files will seem missing, when instead you are not looking at your previous documents folder.

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For some reason my System Restore function isn't automatically creating (or isn't showing) System Restore points as it should be doing for "major" system events (e.g., isn't automatically creating restore points before/after Windows Updates and software/driver updates). I'm not sure if it isn't creating the restore points at all, or if it's just not displaying them as available restore points.

Another piece of the puzzle - I've manually created restore points at various times, and they have initially shown up on the list of available restore points as expected. However, when I looked at the list today, the restore points I created manually have Disappearead! I'm certain that I didn't delete them. I've selected every option I can think of to show me a complete list of available restore points, but no luck getting them to show up on the list. Also, my "Current Usage" is listed as "0 bytes", even though a few restore points are showing on the list. All of this makes me wonder if the system is creating the restore points, but just saving them in a way that makes them "invisible" to the System Restore utility.

Here's what I've done so far:
- Double checked my System Restore/Protection settings, and my system drive (C: ) is definitely set to "ON".
- Checked the System Restore configuration, and it's set to "Restore system settings and previous versions of files"
- Checked the "Disk Space Usage" for storing s... Read more

A:System Restore isn't creating (or saving?) restore points properly

How often do you defrag and what program do you use for defragging?

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My last automatically System Restore Point automatically created by the passage of time was created 2013-01-23.

No further automatic system restore points are being created (that means not ever, not daily, not weekly, simply no longer created automatically by the passage of time since last January).

I do not see restore points automatically created by other programs, like Acronis 2014 or Kaspersky KIS 2014 which I installed last week. (But the problem goes way back to January, so these new versions are obviously not involved.)

System restore points are still automatically created by Windows Update and by nVidia driver updates.

System restore points can still be created manually.

The SR task is present in Task Scheduler.

SFC /SCANNOW found no problems.

System Restore is still turned on.

There is free disk space for restore points.

The computer is a Dell Studio 9000, aka XPS 435T, core i7 960.
Windows 7 Home Premium with all the standard Windows Updates.
KIS 2013, now KIS2014
Acronis 2013, then 2014, and currently uninstalled.

A:System Restore Has Stopped Automatically Creating Restore Points

Hiyya Keith mate run a chkdsk as well as the sfc you have done already and also these I know you have Kaspersky and so do I (2013) but I still pick up malware with the links .

Disk Check

download the ADW from bleeping computer and if you have CCleaner the run a clean up don't forget to save the cookies that you have that use passwords for site s you need and the registry check any faults back them u before you fix.



CCleaner - Download > download from piriform - you probably have but if not....

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Since upgrading system restore is not creating restore points automatically. I have to create them manually and then they are being deleted automatically every 3 - 7 days. I tried allocating more disk space to restore but that has done no good. I also use an uninstaller program which used to create restore points but although it tells me it is it's not! I feel very vulnerable now only having a week's worth of restore points - there have been times I've been glad to be able to restore back a few months! Never had trouble before the latest upgrade and haven't knowingly changed any settings. Be very grateful if anyone can solve this for me. Thanks Flissa

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I work with a large software suite. The installer for this suite is really just a collection of many stand-alone installers.

If SR is on when I run the installation, it takes a very long time. Additionally, since this is a collection of other installers, SR is somewhat useless to use as a roll-back, since all of my RPs get replaced with intermediate points from the uber-installer.

The company itself suggests turning off SR so that things won't take so long.

Last time I installed this, something went wrong. I was unable to use or uninstall this software, and I was unable to roll-back the system since the SRs were gone.

Currently, my method is to create a full system backup before I run this installer. A pain in the neck.

Is there a way to save my RPs and then turn off SR while I run this? If something goes wrong, I could then apply the saved RP? Mainly, I am concerned about customer systems where I won't be able to create this backup.

Also, while I appreciate any comments or suggestions about the pain-in-the-neck software suite, there is truly nothing I can do about that. They are getting better with each release, but in the meantime I am stuck with it.


A:Can I Pause/Turn off System Restore WITHOUT losing restore points?

If you turn off system restore you will lose all restore points.

As far as I know there is no way of saving them and reinstating them if you switch system restore back on.

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Hi People,

I have system restore enabled for C: but not for the D: (which in my case is a recovery, as it came from the factory). I have not enabled that to be part of the system restore point creation. BUT STILL, every time there is a system restore point (either scheduled or manual) being made for C:, it also seems to create a restore point for D:. How is this possible?? Is there somewhere I could select the disks specifically other than the control panel>system>system protection?? Because here, only C: is checked.. but still restore points are being created for D:. Of course, when I uncheck the box next to D: and apply, it removes the restore point and it even asks me if I want to turn off restore point creation for that disk. I say yes, but then it comes back out of nowhere.

Thanks for any inputs/solutions. Cheers.

A:System Restore Erratic - Restore Points On Disk "not" Selected


Anyone people??

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Hello everyone, not sure why but I get an error every time I open the System Restore. I rarely have to use a restore point as I regularly maintain my computer and check for viruses and malware, but I would like to have the option just in case. When I open System Properties, and click the System Protection tab, I get this error and am unable to create a Restore Point. Attached is a screenshot and a DxDiag.txt. Any insight to this problem would be helpful, perhaps I have some windows feature disabled that I might need enabled, I am not sure. I recently did a complete reformat of my hard drive and a fresh install of Windows, maybe two months ago, and somewhere along the line I must have removed/disabled something I need for System Restore. Even third party maintenance software is unable to create restore points, such as TuneUp Utilities 2014, AVG Internet Security 2014, and UVK. I'm sure the fix for this is simple, I am just unaware of it. Thanks in advance.

A:System Restore Error, Unable to Create Restore Points

You have Tuneup Utilities? Have you looked at this?

System Restore Error 0x81000203 (Below solution at end of this mesage did not work)

Here is some other info as well including the Turbo mode problem

System Restore Error Code: 0x81000203 - Microsoft Community

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After Tuesday's Windows update I couldn't boot into Windows and loaded my system repair disk planning to roll back to a restore point from the day before. But, the restore wizard couldn't find any restore points. I know my system does it daily and I did a manual one a week prior just to see if it would work and show up. It did.

So, my question is, if the wizard can't find the restore points am I hosed, or is there some other way to point the system to them.


A:System restore doesn't show any restore points - but they exist

What is your Computer doing when you try to boot...i.e. What happens?
Does the Monitor show anything?
Can you get into the BIOS?

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My comp has been experiencing several problems and is running poorly. I bought an external HD, completely backed up everything important and was about to run a system restore as I had created a manual restore point following the resolution of previous problems. The link to the thread is found below.

However, when I use the system restore wizard, I can only select November 8th, 9th, and 10th...and today is the 10th. I created the manual restore point back in March 2006. I cannot change the month and I have no idea where to find manual points.

Could someone please help me find the restore point I created when my computer was working perfectly?

A:Solved: System Restore: Finding Manual Restore Points

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Automatic Restore Points is not working in System Restore. Task Scheduler is empty during last 30 days.

A:Automatic restore points is not working in system restore

Hello Rocasan,

Double check to make sure that System Protection is turned on for your Windows drive.

Next, use the free program CCleaner to see what it shows for what restore points you may have like below.

Hope this helps for now,

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Hi, All,

In my Win XP Pro SP1 installation, my System Restore has a very erratic "memory." It usually only remembers restore points from a few days back, and often times forgets all of my restore points. Even though I regularly create manual restore points (install apps, etc.), they never seem to be available more than a day or so after I create them.

My settings look like this:

Turn off System Restore on all drives: NOT checked
My C: drive: Monitoring
Max disk space: 3.6GB (12%)
My D: drive: Monitoring

I've also examined the registry (HKLM\Soft\M$\WinNT\CV\SysRest, blah blah) and the keys look good (at default values). Any idea why my System Restore is so brain dead?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


A:WinXP: System Restore loses restore points?

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Brand new laptop running Vista 32-bit. Went to verify that System Resore was periodically creating restore points, and despite the app appearing to be set-up correctly, there are no auto restore points listed- just the ones generated by various software chages. Any suggestions what's going on because as mentioned, the feature is active- just not automatically establishing restore points-

Many thanks in advance

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Why does system restore only shows the two restore points where I backed up my computer to my external drive. And If I try to restore that, then it says, The backup drive could not be found. How would that matter though? I mean I only backed up my system to an external drive. I didn't create a system restore point to my external hd.

I created a manual system restore earlier today and now it's gone for some reason.

A:System Restore only shows limited restore points

So I created another manual restore point in System Restore but now it's also gone. Can someone help me with this, please?

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Hello everybody

Finally finished the project I started, because I found that if I wanted to run System Restore on my computer ( with Windows Vista ), it took ages before it opened.
The tools provide the ability to run a Restore Point,
without the standard interface of System Restore.
Please read the readme file for more info.

Kind regards

A:Run Restore points without the standard interface of System Restore

Yet again another nice tool Sweet


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I have windows vista (32bit) and have been having problems with system restore recently. When I try to use system restore it tells me that I have no restore points. I can make manual restore points but there are no automatic points and when I next try to use system restore often the manual restore points I made previously have disappeared!

Any Help would be greatly appreciated.

A:System Restore Won't Generate Restore Points Automatically

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1. Computer: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64 bit, 298 GB HD

I used this laptop to get access to internet to repair my home computer (Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit). First I messed permissions on home computer and then also on this laptop. Windows installer didn't work on any of them. I managed to repair it on Windows 7 Ultimate with gpedit.msc and installer was fine. However, permissions still weren't. So I gave a try subinacl.msi and reset.bat. It did repair some but not all of the permissions to default. I therefore decided to do a system restore. It took for over two hours and then came up with 'not enough disk space'. I decided to do it again, however, this time a message 'no system restore points have been created' appeared. I knew there are system restore points as I had seen them two hours back. I thought it was something with permissions. So I took ownership of SVI, giving SYSTEM and Administrators full control. I also checked HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Reliability.

I also started and set to automatic the following services:
Windows Event Log
Windows Volume Shadow Copy

The right drive was selected for the restore point.

Is there any thing/service I missed?

SVI is set to 'read only for the content' and I have selected the right hard drive to make system restore on. The selected one is C:\ with OS on it and the other one is F:\ which has system protection off. Is that ok?

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A:System Restore enabled but no restore points created

Help anyone?

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Hello everyone

I recently ran Advanced System Optimizer 3 and optimized my system in a hurry. Without thinking and to my regret, I did not manually create a system restore point before doing this.

I have noticed several changes (albeit non-major but nonetheless uncomfortably different) with my use.

1. Certain thumbnails/links which are supposed to have images on them now appear to be broken (that paper torn in half sign instead)

2. Hotmail's autocomplete whenever you start typing an email addresses' first few words no longer functions.

I have yet to discover more irregularities but as far as I know Advanced System Optimizer must have removed or deleted something after I clicked optimize now which is causing all these.

I tried to system restore it to a time before I actually ran the optimization which was about 9 am on 9th of November 2011 but all I see is an 11 am restore point on the same day in the restore point list. When I click show me more restore points, it does not show me more but remains with just the 1 point which I've said.

Is my case already a goner and it's already too late to turn back or is it possible to somehow access more previous restore points? It would be better still to access a 8th of November 2011 restore point (which again presently shows only the 9th of November point and nothing else), BEFORE I did a scan of the system even and just revert everything to how it once was.

A:System Restore not showing more restore points after clicking the box

Here's a follow up to my case, I've managed to solve problem no.1 as I found out that it occurred in almost all websites I tried to access. It mainly showed the HTML coding instead of all the usual colours and decorations. So what I did was hold shift and click refresh and it solved everything including the thumbnail not appearing issue. Apparently after doing this everytime I returned to those sites it didn't give any problems.

The Hotmail issue still persists though. I am quite an email heavy user and find this quite annoying. Whenever I click reply, it's as if I'm composing a completely new email with no address in the bar, no RE: subject and no previous incoming email which I can refer to in replying that email. The autocomplete email address email still persists.

Any help on this?

Edit: It all eventually solved itself.

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I have seen numerous people are having this problem but I have not been able to find a solution that works for me. I figured I would post my own problem and maybe somebody could recommend a solution.

I have been trying to use Windows System Restore on Windows 7 Home Premium. I have created several restore points on my own but when I restart and run the program, it says I have no restore points available. I have 40 gb allocated for restore points and have used less than 10 percent of my hard drive space.

does anybody know of any good process to follow that will fix this issue and make System Restore usable.

Thanks a lot.

A:Windows 7 System restore problem no restore points

Have you tried ticking show more restore points?

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Hello everyone,

I have a repeat problem that I cannot explain: My system creates system restore points just fine (at least, the ones I create manually and can confirm that they are there), but they vanish upon restart.

I have a Toshiba Satellite P750 running Windows 7 Home Premium.

I discovered this issue for the first time in November 2012 when my computer had a hard crash. That was when I learned that it was deleting my restore points. I was forced to do a factory reset. After that, System Restore functioned normally--for a while. Then it began eating restore points again.

About a month ago, I had to do ANOTHER factory reset. Again, System Restore started working--creating and keeping restore points. But just a few weeks into a "brand new" system and they're completely gone again.

I can't understand why this keeps happening even after factory reset.

This is a problem I've investigated multiple times over the last few years and haven't found a solution for yet.

Does anyone here have any advice?


A:Laptop eats System Restore Points--even after out-of-the-box restore

I have had similar problems in the past with System Restore (the restores points don't get lost, they just don't always work) so I turned it off and just depend on imaging now, using Macrium Reflect Free (here is a good tutorial on how to use Macrium Reflect). I've yet to have an image fail to restore.

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Athan had asked me to create a restore point yesterday to check if my computer was still showing the restore point after a reboot. I did this and after the 1st reboot, it was fine, my restore point was stored. But i opened the system restore today, and its gone again!!!

So, i ran the disk cleanup on all the drives and deleted the restore points. After this, i created another restore point and i called it 'test2'. Everything was fine just like the 1st restore point i created and then, after a couple of reboots, NO RESTORE POINTS AGAIN. I just updated my BIOS and there is a restore point created for this by my computer, but dont know for how long it will be there

PS: I have a HP laptop, and they dint provide a Windows CD, but created a partition D:\ [HP_RECOVERY] which I am supposed to use incase of a system crash. But this drive is full, and I am unable to make any backup disks. Just letting u know cause this might be the problem

A:Solved: HELP! System Restore still not storing restore points

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it's turned on, i've created several restore points but i went in to do a resotre because of my office word 2003 appearance because it changed from the rest of the suite. my restore points are not there. none of them, if i stuff something up on here i will have to re-install windows. i don't want that. help me please.

A:Windows XP System Restore not saving restore points

See if this Information helps.

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I have a problem with System Restore only keeping restore points 5 days back at the most. So for example, the oldest restore point I have currently is from September 6, 2007. I've had this Vista x64 install for around a month now. I should have restore points dating back to about August 1st or so.

I've got plenty of HD space too......around 500GB free I believe so that's not an issue. I don't have any viruses. I bet this is an easy fix, it's just that I don't know what that is. Vista is supposed to automatically make restore points every day doesn't it? According to this post at this site, Vista is supposed to save restore points for around 136 years. http://www.daniweb.com/forums/thread82418.html

While I don't need it that long, I'd like it save them for around 6 months to a year or even whatever the default is supposed to be. I had a problem with a Windows update about a month ago. I think it was a security update or something. Anyway, I don't know which one or why, but it borked my system and I couldn't even boot, not even in Safe Mode. So I put the Vista x64 DVD in and went to use System Restore and I didn't have any restore points. I had no other choice than to reinstall Windows. I just want to know why it's doing this and how I can stop it before I have to use System Restore again and I have to reinstall again.

Thanks in advance!

A:System Restore Deleting Restore Points Automatically....

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Firstly, I can only create manual restore points in System Restore but they usually disappear
overnight and, as a novice, I am at a loss to understand this.

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System Restore is no longer creating automatic restore points. All the necessary services are set to automatic, ie: task scheduler, volume shadow copy, microsoft software volume shadow copy, windows backup, and remote procedure call.

I tried disabling SR, then performed a disc cleanup, rebooted, then enabled SR. All that did was enable me to create ONE system restore point ONLY. If i try to create an additional restore point, I get the following error message:



A:System Restore not creating automatic restore points


You might want to try

Do you have any security software installed on the computer?
Are any third party backup programs installed on your computer?
Verify if these two services are started and running on your computer. If it’s not started, start the services and check if you can create a system restore point.

a) Volume Shadow Copy service
b) Windows backup

Also ensure that their dependency services are running.
Verify if their dependency services are running.

You can check this information from services.msc. To do this follow the steps below:

a) Go to start and type services.msc in the search field.
b) Locate the two services.
c) Right-Click on the service one at a time.
d) Select properties.
e) Go to Dependencies Tab.
f) Note the dependency services.
g) Make sure they’re also running.
h) To start a service, right click on it and select start.

From many users facing the same issue, turning off system restore for the hard disk on which Windows is installed and turning it back on seems to have solved the issue.
You may try the same.

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Hi, I need your help.

I'm running a Windows 7 64 bit.

Last week I was going through my game folders and renaming a few of them and adding more info (my folders were a mess, organization wise). I also installed some older games I had on hard drive, to see if I want them anymore. So quite a bit of installing and uninstalling was happening, like say 20 games or so in a week.

Then yesterday one old game would not uninstall (not showing up in control panel list of programs), and so I decided to use system restore as a way to uninstall it. I restored the system to about four days prior...then a weird thing happened. Some of my folders were divided in two, the folder with the old name and another with with the modified name. Like if originally had a folder named "chess games" which had couple days ago during my reorganizing effort renamed to "Fritz Chess 9", now I had both! But they were not exact copies. What was contained in the original folder was now randomly divided between these two folders, like one subfolder in one and the rest in the other.

Also, the there were other folders that some of the actual content was missing. Like the ISO file. If I have 50 game folders, about 15 were affected, either in the sense of having duplicates or having game files missing. I am not sure but I think this happened only (at least mostly) to folders that I had changed the title of recently. The other ones were fine.

What did I do?

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A:Folders changes & system restore points gone after weird restore!

It appears to me something happened when you did the System Restore. I would try that again to the same date and see if it gets rid of all the divided folders. I have never heard of anything like that. Let us know what happens.

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System restore is on and set to max space on C drive (918GB)

When I create a restore point, it take s a min or two then says it creates successfully, but when I open system restore, it shows no restore points.

I have already made sure that the Volume Shadow Copy Service is Running & set on Automatic AND I Reset the Repository.

Still it does not work.

Thank you for any further ideas.

A:System Restore not holding restore points

Quote: Originally Posted by prossv

System restore is on and set to max space on C drive (918GB) <- -

Hello prossv, welcome to Seven Forums!

Surly this must be an error, the allotted storage space can't be set this high?

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I've had this problem before,
and night, EST around 11PM -12 AM my system became quite slow, I check
processes on Task Manager and saw that svshost.exe was in the 90's
I closed by browser but it remained there so I diconnected my connection that bought it down,
It may have been automatic updates loading the update that I can choose to download.
In any case I looked for what may have happened in events but could not decipher anything in
particular, but did find this that occurred after, . . .

Event Type:    Error
Event Source:    sr
Event Category:    None
Event ID:    1
Date:        10/10/2013
Time:        12:47:44 AM
User:        N/A
Computer:    BOING-417332229
The System Restore filter encountered the unexpected error '0xC0000098' while processing the file
'Performance.lnk' on the volume 'HarddiskVolume3'.  It has stopped monitoring the volume.
For more
information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
0000: 00 00 00 00 04 00 4e 00   ......N.
0008: 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 c0   .......À
0010: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........
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A:System Restore Looses Restore Points

you may find this of interest.

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I ran a system restore without creating restore points. The computer will start up but after a minute I get a blue screen. The screen tells me to restart my computer to fix the problem and if that doesn't work, other options.

I don't know much about computers/operating systems and I don't want to make this worse. Is there anyway to do "undo" a system restore? I know I can't do it in safe mode or in normal mode (it does not give me an "undo" option, let alone, restore points). I'm running Vista, 64 bit.

Thanks in advance for your help

A:Accidently Did System Restore with no Restore Points

Post this information
Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions
And we will help
System restore is not the cause of the problem. We need the posted information to find the cause.

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Regarding system restore.

I have an 80gig hd with 23gig spare. In system properties>system protection>automatic restore points, I have ticked drive C. Yet there are no restore points listed unless I do a manual restore point.

Is there another setting somewhere that may be inhibiting automatic creation of restore points?


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Hi,New guy here, looking for some help. System restore looks like it is running ok, but there are no restore points available, when attempting to make new restore point i get the message "system restore is not able to create a restore point. Please restart the computer and then run system restore again". Reboot including cold boot do not help. System restore settings say both drives are being monitored, separate xp os on each drive and system restore is working on "old" unused drive, and it seems I can not turn off monitoring in only one of the drives. I spent all day reading up and tried going into the reg to check and see DisableSR set at 0, like i read it is supposed to.(HKEY_local_machine, system restore) , tried right clicking sr.inf, but got the message that I needed the service pac 3 files and I must have done something wrong there because when entered the path to SP flies and I clicked ok nothing happened..

I found this in a sr.inf notepad, then I went into the reg.


But when I looked in reg in HKEY_LOCAL_system,services,sr, parameters, reg_dword DontBacklup value is set to 0. This seems correct to me but this is... Read more

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I thought I had fixed this a month ago by turning off System Restore & then turning on again, with a restart in between.  That was the last restore I tried, & it worked.
I can create restore points, no problem.  The computer also seems to be making System Checkpoints.
Today I tried a System Restore to test it, & it went through the motions, then said "Your computer could not be restored..." etc.
Wandering around on Google I've seen comments that you should disable System Restore while installing new programs.  I copied over accessories & games today that I had previously lost.  I made a restore point part way along in that process.
I've also seen suggestions that AVG may stop System Restore from restoring.  Is this correct?  It has AVG 2013.
Running WinXP Pro on a Latitude D610.
Thanks for answers...

A:System restore creates points but can't restore to them

I'm running AVG 2013 and haven't experienced any problems with System Restore.
You should make a restore point prior to installing programs, especially with downloads that now have third party software bundled with them, so that if you don't like what you have you can restore to the closest time prior to the installation.
Have you tried restore points other than the one which didn't work?

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I may have had some malware in the past, I got rid of it (or I am pretty sure I did).
It was worked on in this thread:
This is a windows 7 x64 Dell system.
I thought system restore was making regular restore points after the procedures I did then.
On looking today, I got a message that no restore points had been created.
So I created a couple manually.
They declared success. 
They seem to be there. The two that I just created are on the list.
But I should have many of them. I check the box "show more restore point" but no more appear.
So the automatic system restore point creation in system protection is not working.
What can I do to get the system protection to be actually working?
Well, this is interesting. I have two drives at the moment, my system drive had no space allocated.  So I just allocated 13% to system protection. 250 gb.
The system drive is also second on the list, but I don't know if that is significant.
I just looked at the two restore points I created, they both reference my external drive, not my system drive, which is the one that is important.
I just created a manual restore point on that drive. I said success.
I will have to check to see if restore points are being created automatically and post back.

A:System restore has not created any restore points

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Run this tool.The first command is to create a restore point. Post the log for my review.Temporarily disable your AV program so it does not interfere.Info on how to disable your security applications How To Temporarily Disable Your Anti-virus, Firewall And Anti-malware Programs - Security Mini-Guides.Download Zeok tool from hereWhen the download appears, save to the Desktop.On the Desktop, right-click the Zoek.exe file and select: Run as Administrator(Give it a few seconds to appear.)Next, copy/paste the entire script inside the code box below to the input field of Zoek:
Now...Close any open Browsers.Click the Run script button, and wait. It takes a few minutes to run all the script.When the tool finishes, the zoek-results.log is opened in Notepad.The log is also found on the systemdrive, normally C:\If a reboot is needed, the log is opened after the reboot.Please attach the zoek-results.log in your reply.Also, please provide an update on how the computer is behaving after running the above script.

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Hey guys, I just upgraded from Windows XP Professional 32bit to Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. Everything is working great except whenever I restart the computer all my system restore points disappear.

In system protection I have system restore on with Max.Usage at 2%

How can I fix this? Thanks.

A:System Restore Deleting Restore Points

How much is 2%. And how do you actually know they disappear -maybe there were none.

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I've neglected this problem for too long and I would like to get it resolved.
My sys restore is not saving ANY restore points, except for the very last one that is an auto one created by Win7. If I manually create one, it will appear in the list for the time being, but if I shut down or restart the computer, it will not be there the next time I check. I'm running Win 7 64 pro . I have restore set to ON for the drive and have the space set to 15 gb . Any help would be appreciated .

A:System Restore is Not Saving Restore Points

It sounds like something you have in auto startup might be deleting restore points.
The first thing i would do is manually create a restore point.
Don't run any cleanup utilities before restarting.

Then restart the PC in Safe Mode and see if the restore point is still there.
Safe Mode

I tap the F8 key when the PC is booting to select Safe Mode when i want it.

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I wanted to do a system restore, preferably to a date about two months previously, but my choices through Windows 7 were only back about a week! This isn't nearly long enough ago, but it apparently is all I have, so it's no good. I'm not wanting to do this for some future date - I need to do it now to address an issue. But going back a week won't do it for me.

Is there a way to tweak the system in order to get back further in time, or is it too late for that?

A:System restore - I need earlier restore points

It is too late Windows 7 deletes old restore points to make room for new ones. Try increasing the space the restore points will be allow to be stored. Why are you wanting to perform a system restore is there an issue with you Windows?

But I see you have xp on your profile are you running Win7 or XP?

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I'm having a problem with Win 7 Home Premium and would appreciate any help. My Lenovo Think Pad Edge E420s has system restore enabled how ever it only creates a restore point if I manually create it.
When I launch System restore I get the screen I'm attaching below. All my updates are current Lenovo, Windows, Drivers and Service pack. When I restart as the screen say's the PC restarts. Then when I Start System Restore I get the same box.
Lenovo E420s
Win 7 Home Premium
300 gb hdd
8gb ram
i5 intel core processor
Any ideas on my problem? Thanks Tim Fitz

A:System Restore not Making restore points

For pending update problems which also tend to ruin System Restore functionality, running the two commands in the link below might help.

Tritech Computer Solutions: Windows Vista and 7 Update Reboot Loop Fix

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My system restore is no longer creating any restore points, I have to do it manually. About 3 weeks ago I had a virus that I believe I got rid of using HiJackThis. That virus shut off my system restore so that it could not be used and at that time I lost all my restore points. Now my computer seems fine except for the system is not creating any NEW restore points. Any advice? I'll include my Logfile...

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
Scan saved at 6:46:14 PM, on 2/22/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Weather Network\WeatherEye.exe
C:\Program Files\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.secularbull.com/
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
N3 - Netscape 7: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://secularbull.com"); (C:\Documents and Settings\Kelvin Kolman\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\rfaavem5.slt\prefs.js)
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A:System Restore Not Creating Restore Points

Right click my computer>properties>system restore and make sure there is no check in " turn off system restore"

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Win XP.

Whilst accessing System Restore(Safe Mode) in System Config: Utility,I Selected Diag.Start Up-Launch System Restore,after looking in System,Win &Boot Inis(I may have inadvertantly selected something there).
When I accessed System Restore,I was informed I had NO Restore Points. However,I previously had some in this month.
I endeavoured to go back to go back to December 03 but failed.

Have I lost my Restore points for good,please?


A:System Restore-loss of restore points

If you ever disable System Restore, all your Restore Points are lost. This is by design-if you ever need to remove a virus or trojan, they can't hide in System Restore to avoid removal. I would suggest you go to your System Volume Information folder and see if any Restore Points show up there.

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