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I cannot access automatic restore points (I think they're created)

Q: I cannot access automatic restore points (I think they're created)

I have my Task Scheduler set to create automatic Windows restore points every other day. According to the history log, they are created.

However, they are created under the user "System" and not my account or "Administrators." So, I couldn't access a recent restore point, which I might need to make things run the way I want. I'm having Windows create the restore points so I can access them!

However, it won't create them under my account because I don't have or want a password "Blank passwords are not allowed." I don't want a hassle on startup and God forbid I'd forget the password, so I won't create them. Does that mean that I'm wasting time having SR create the restore points that I think are important for me, and that I might need right now to get my system to run really as it should? Is there a way for me to get those restore points such that I can access them with no password?

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A: I cannot access automatic restore points (I think they're created)

You do not need a password to create a system restore point. I just tried it. I have a test laptop with 10 Pro that the user account does not have a password associated with the account or to login.
Go to Start/Search and type System Restore, choose Create a System Restore point.
Also, be aware that everytime you install a software program, Windows automatically creates a Restore Point. If you haven't made any changes to your computer, (ie) installed software etc, there is no need to create a System Restore Point. Also,Remember, that any personal files, like documents, music, pictures, Emails etc do not get backed up when creating a System Restore point.

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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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Automatic restore points are no longer being created in System Restore
on Vista laptop.
Manually created restore points disappear after a short time.
Would appreciate any help.

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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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I have 55.8 GB on my hard drive and 6.72 GB left to use. System restore hasnt been working for awhile now I've tried turning it off and turning it back on after a reboot and nothing happens. I've created manual points but none show up in the checkpoint calander. There are zero points in the checkpoint calander and none are being created. I have enough space for system restore to be running right? whats wrong here?

thanks in advance

A:No System Restore points/none being created


There are several reasons this may occur. Let's take a look at Event Viewer for any System Restore logs that may have been created recently that may help us diagnosing the problem.

Go to Start - Run and type eventvwr.msc and press enter.
Click on System in the left pane.
Click the gray title “Source” at the top of the source name column in the right pane to sort by source name, look for "sr" and "srservice".
Double click on each of these events, then click on the button below the two arrows in the upper right corner. This will copy the event information to the clipboard. Paste the information for each of the two event here. There’s no need to post duplicate Event ID’s.

How do I use the Event Viewer to search for System Restore logs?

Here are some more links for troubleshooting System Restore.

System Restore Failures to restore:

System Restore fails to create an automatic restore point:

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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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Hello Everyone - it's been a while since I posted here, so I apologize for any errors I may make.

I have a Dell Inspiron Core I5 Windows 7 SP1 PC with Norton internet security.

My question is: what are the rules that govern when the system will make automatic restore points. I've read several threads here, and there seems to be multiple opinions, from "every 7 days", when volume shadow copy is started, when task scheduler has proper triggers and no conflicting conditions.

My PC wasn't creating restore points automatically. I tried changing the Volume shadow copy to automatic. I added a new task under SR to start at 3:30 PM (as a test), I checked the box to wake computer for this task. The system created two restore points hours apart once, but none since then.

I've attached screen shots showing all my settings, including one that seems to indicate the task did run, but no restore point can be seen for that time. NIS did show the system at an idle state at the time the tasks should have ran.

So to sum it up, do I have my settings incorrect? Is there a glitch in my system? How often should SR create automatic restore points (aside from program updates)?

SR has bailed me out a few times and is quicker than restoring from a system image which I do periodically, along with a separate file backup.

Any suggestions, help, explanations, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

A:System restore points not being automatically created

Is System Protection turned on?

System Protection - Turn On or Off

As far as how often Windows 7 creates restore points, Microsoft says: "Restore points are created automatically every week, and just before significant system events, such as the installation of a program or device driver."

System Restore - Microsoft Windows (see FAQs at bottom of page > How does system restore work.)

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I have used System Restore in Windows 7 to automatically create restore points, but not so in Windows 8 or 8.1. I configured TASKSCHD.MSC for a restore point to be created at 11 pm weekly, but not dice. I just changed the time to create a SR point daily at 7:15 AM to see if a SR point would be created. In Control Panel, there is not record of the SR point, but Task Scheduler says the 7:15 point was completed successfully. However, I can't find it in Control Panel.
Any advice on what to do from here?
Thank you very much.

A:Auto System Restore points not created

When creating a restore point, windows checks the last one. If there has been no system change since the last point it doesn't create a new one to save disk space (since the new one would be an exact copy of the last one)

Check the event viewer (control panel > administrative tools ) to see what it says exactly happened when doing the automatic restore point. If there's an entry with "Skipping creation of restore point as there is a restore point avaliable which is recent enough for System Restore." then what I said above might be the problem.

That said adding triggers to the automatic system restore might help you. Go to Task Scheduler (run as administrator) > Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > System Restore > SR > Right Click > Properties > Triggers Tab > New > begin the task : on a schedule Daily.. at (whatever time you want).
Then another New > begin the task : at startup

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I need help here. For some funny reasons, the restore points created tend to get delted when I boot up my laptop the next day. How do I ensure that my restire points remain. I checked my drive and it still says 7 GB free.

Also, is it possible to auto create the restire point but store them in a different partition on the samd drive?

A:restore points created tend to get deleted when I boot up

Hello Futuristic,

Are you dual booting with Windows XP by chance?

If so, then this may help.

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums

Sorry, but you will only be able to have restore points saved on the same drive letter that they were created for. Any tampering with them will most likely result in them to no longer work to restore with.

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I am not being lazy, I have sifted through pages and pages of posts about this problem and have yet to find anything that does not either involve dual boot or some complex solution.

I am running a cleanly installed standalone Windows 8 Pro X64 system which is not creating system restore points for updates, installations, and Revo Uninstaller uninstalls (despite the requisite setting being on in Revo).
I have being doing quite a bit of installation and updating over the past week or so but apart from one manually created restore point the only other was for an installation of Power DVD yesterday.

It seems MS is sitting on its hands on this one.

Is there a simple answer to this problem?

Thanks in advance.

A:System Restore Points not being created (no dual boot)

Have you checked the configuration of System Restore ?
A picture:

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It is a peculiar problem faced by me. I could create SR points and i do not know, whether the SR polints are created by the system. It was creating before. Whenever an uninstall , takes place, it the revo uninstaller creates a restore point, and likewise, some programs if changed or uninstalled create SR points, and it is not showing any error message.
But to my surprise, that which casually checking the available restore points, i was shocked to find the SR points totally missing. or it is vanishing after creation.
Why this behaviour, will you please say and also please inform me whether there are any fixit available.
Creation is always success. but , SR missing . I am only configured SR in c: If i allow , all the programs to create SR, then each is created on huge size. How to allow only system restore creation only please

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It is a peculiar problem faced by me. I could create SR points and i do not know, whether the SR polints are created by the system. It was creating before. Whenever an uninstall , takes place, it the revo uninstaller creates a restore point, and likewise, some programs if changed or uninstalled create SR points, and it is not showing any error message.
But to my surprise, that which casually checking the available restore points, i was shocked to find the SR points totally missing. or it is vanishing after creation.
Why this behaviour, will you please say and also please inform me whether there are any fixit available.
Creation is always success. but , SR missing . I am only configured SR in c: If i allow , all the programs to create SR, then each is created on huge size. How to allow only system restore creation only please

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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.

Original Source

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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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My new notebook, running Windows 7, crashed 90 minutes after first boot and created a recovery partition. (Affects C:\ drive only. No programs or drivers were being installed. Starts up OK & is functional).

Restore points are now unavailable from the time before partition was created. When a system restore cannot be performed, will system remain unaffected if I do nothing to the recovery partition?

A:Recovery partition created - suitable restore points now unavailable

A recovery partition is normally created by the computer manufacturer during the manufacturing process. It's about 10 - 15GB in size and on a hidden partition of the C: drive. Its purpose is to allow the user to return the computer to factory specifications, just like the day you bought it. I've not heard of a recovery partition being created as the result of a crash. It would help if you could post a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management window.

How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

If your computer was on for just "90 minutes after first boot" before crashing, was this the computer's very first startup after bring it home from the store? When you would normally be configuring a new machine with your user preferences, setting the language, etc? Or do you mean it was the first startup of the day? A crash could cause many different problems and that could be the reason you have no restore points. It's also possible something may have turned system protection off before the crash occured which could have left the computer without any restore points.

System Protection - Turn On or Off

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Automatic restore points are no longer being created in Windows 7 Vista machine.
Manually created points disappear after a short time.
Would appreciate any help.

A:Restore Points No Longer Being Created In Vista Windows 7 Laptop.

Do you have "system protection" turned on for the drive you want to create restore points to?

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how can i set-up more automatic system restore points, and have older resore points not be automatically deleted ? thanks

A:restore points : set-up automatic ?

A new system restore point gets created every day and also before certain events like installing programs. Why would you need more than that?

It's not a good idea to restore too far back so it shouldn't be an issue that older restore points get deleted because only a certain amount of hard drive space is allocated for them.

I suspect you are missing some restore points due to malware since you've started a thread in the Virus & Other Malware Removal forum. You should post the logs requested in the sticky at the top of that forum there.

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I am no longer getting automatic restore points generated. I believe they stopped at about the time I installed AVIRA internet Security . Is it coincidence or is there a link? I am concerned that I can`t get back to previous settings when needed. Grateful for any help.

A:Automatic Restore Points

Hello stanalm1 and Welcome to PCHF

Maybe you're right System restore not working receiving error message as System Restore - Microsoft Community

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just did a system restore, there was only 1 restore point (08/09/2013) : how can i set-up automatic system restore points, so i have more, older  restore points ?  (like xp);  do i have to use one of my security softwares (eg, zone-alarm or microsoft security essentials, etc. )  thankshow can i set-up more automatic restore points, and stop system from deleting old restore points ?  thanksMod Edit:  Merged topics, asking same question, same issues.  Pllease do not ask the same question or raise the same issues more than once...if someone has an answer, they will respond and posting the same thing twice is not going to elicit a response any sooner - Hamluis.

A:restore points : set-up automatic restore points ?

Usually when doing a system restore you are offered a default restore point, the latest, but there is a button to select different ones. Clicking on this will reveal  a list of all available restore points.
While you can manually create a restore point at any time, Win 7 creates them automatically in the event of critical updates and significant software installs. I will admit I do not know what the limit is in terms of the number of restore points Win 7 will save automaticcally, but if you find your way to 'system Environment Variables' through control panel, or 'God-mode' if you have that set up, you can increase the amount of space allocated to restore points and this should increase the number of points saved.
Chris Cosgrove

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Automatic restore points in vista, in available disk says: searching.  then 2 minutes later computes freezes. Antivirus cannot download, because is looking for recent restore point.
I try to download antivirus, and in 3 minutes computer freezes too.
Anybody experience in this?
Done all cleaning, and try a lot of ideas. Getting close to the fix...
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Your shadow volume copies may have become corrupted.  We can try deleting all of the existing restore points and see if that will help, but all of your restore points will be gone at that point.
Are you trying to use System Restore to restore to a previous state where your computer worked better? Are you having issues on the computer?  

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My system crashed this a.m. after a MS update installation. When I checked for a restore point, I had NONE. Even though Win7 has told me it was creating one after updates before.

Fortunately, I was able to uninstall the update and get past the black screen which told me it couldn't reach Event notification [or something] and get online.

Where should I look to see why restore points are not being created, and how do I fix it? BTW, I searched and read many messages about this, but couldn't find what I needed to know. TIA.....

A:Are restore points not automatic anymore?

System Restore Point - Create
System Protection - Turn On or Off
System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

Post the relevant screenshots

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Can't believe that a program that was released over 4 years ago has still got so many things wrong with it. If I can make a manual restore point and windows updates create a restore point then why oh why is it so hard for an automatic restore point to be created. Never had this problem with XP but then again XP worked. If I have a restore point scheduled and the history says the task was started and completed then why is it not being saved? And yes, I have tried all the fixes (been working on this for two weeks) Don't want to hear that windows 7 only creates a point after 7 days if no other points have been created. If that's true then the idiot that came up with that one should be standing in the unemployment line.

A:System Restore not saving automatic points

I can't believe that after 206 views no one has an answer for this. What's a matter Microsoft is this one of those little glitches that you hope people will overlook and will fix itself over time or is it you just don't care you have a faulty program?

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When I had XP Pro, I could set what my System Restore [SR] points were; daily, hours, etc. now, every time I open SR, it has a 2/15/2015 date or similar. I've gone as far as trying to follow MS's suggested method but what does "Type a description to help you identify a restore point" mean? Do I type in: "Daily? 48 hours? I've used SR in the past to correct some issues and would like to have it functioning. But when I now open the function, there is nothing but really historical dates....

Thanks to all in advance.

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When I had XP Pro, I could set what my System Restore [SR] points were; daily, hours, etc. now, every time I open SR, it has a 2/15/2015 date or similar. I've gone as far as trying to follow MS's suggested method but what does "Type a description to help you identify a restore point" mean? Do I type in: "Daily? 48 hours? I've used SR in the past to correct some issues and would like to have it functioning. But when I now open the function, there is nothing but really historical dates....

Thanks to all in advance.

A:Setting automatic System Restore points in Win7 Pro

What it is asking you to do is type in something like this.

My Restore Point after Adobe Update.

This way you will know later why you created a Restore Point.

Here is a tutorial by Brink I recommend reading.

System Restore Point - Create

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I've been reading all over this board for a real answer & if there was one I missed it.

Even Brink said somewhere that Windows 7 creates 'automatic points'.

I've had this PC since mid Feb. & the only points made have been from Windows Updates or when I installed / uninstalled something or those that I've created just to have some in case I mess up.

Where do I look to set mine up?


A:Still concerned & confused about 'Automatic System Restore Points'

indeed, Windows automatically creates a system restore point everytime a program or updates are installed. I don't fully understand your question at the end there, but I'm hoping one of these tutorials will answer your question.

System Restore Point - Create
System Restore

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I am running windows XP SP3 with AVG free edition and the windows firewall. Last week, AVG picked up something called TPO-exe which it said it had stopped coming in. AVG and the windows firewall were switched off, and it seems automatic updates is now off as well. It also seemed to delete or disable our system restore points. On that user account, we haven't been able to open any programmes - we get a box asking which programme we want to open it with so it looks like the programme associations are broken. I ran fix exe but it made no difference.

We can use other user accts on the computer and have managed to get windows firewall and AVG up on the other accounts, although not automatic updates. On all accounts, we have a red shield on the taskbar which advises us that our computer is at risk.

An AVG scan subsequently picked up nothing, although a malwarebytes scan picked up a trojan (logs now lost so i can't say which one).

I'm not sure whether we still have an infection, or whether it's damage left behind by whatever TPO.exe was.

DDS log :
DDS (Ver_11-03-05.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Kam at 8:56:28.70 on 12/04/2011
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_16
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.44.1033.18.1007.473 [GMT 1:00]
AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 *Enabled/Updated* {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}
============== Running Processes ===============
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A:TPO.exe - programme associations broken, automatic updates disabled and no system restore points

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Task Scheduler is setup to create restore points every day at midnight and at startup. It indicates that it runs successfully but those points do not show up in System Restore.

A:I cannot find Restore Points created "daily" with Task Scheduler.

Do you use Ccleaner. You can also look for restore points in there. Check and see how much hard drive space is free. I see you have a 1 TB bit with lots of info and several restore points they can get full.

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I have limited space on my C drive where win is installed ever since the accumulation of win updates and SP.

I wish to turn off system restore points on that disk and use the E drive which has ample room but will setting system restore points to that drive instead of the C drive mean it only creates a copy of that particular drive... or is the answer in the actual name... will it create a restore point of my C drive on the E drive?

A:System Restore Points Created on Non Win System Drive

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Hello - I have my Windows update settings to "notify but do not download." When I check my history of restore points I see that there are several created anyway with the description "Windows Update-Critical Update." I checked one of them for changes to programs and drivers and the were none. This seems to happening about every 3 days.

Can anyone explain this behavior? Is this just an automatic update that is mislabeled? And why every three days - from my research it appears recovery points are supposedly scheduled every seven days?


A:Why am I getting automatic restore points named "Critical Update"?

Hello Ed, and welcome to Seven Forums.

By default when System Protection is turned on for you C drive, Windows will automatically create a restore point right before any Windows Update is installed. Since it was a critical update, that's why the restore point was named that.

Hope this helps,

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When I look at existing restore points in my system, there are always lots of points labelled "Intel(R) Technology Access"
Many have been created at very short time intervals, sometimes just a few seconds apart.
Does anybody know why they are created and what is instigating their creation?

A:Restore Points Intel Technology Access

Seems to be an issue with Intel Technology Access itself. See this Intel Communities post entitled, prosaically enough "Problems with the Intel Technology Access." Removing the utility seems to do the trick.

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My friend has windows 7 and can't get into windows. I need to figure out how to access other restore points. I have tried the the option from the "safe mode screen options" to try a system recovery but basically says there are no recovery points available. Also tried the system repair but that will not work. Any help would be great

A:Needing to Access Past Restore Points

If it says there no restore points available, it sounds like System Restore may have been disabled by the user, so you won't get anywhere trying to use that.

Please post any error messages which appear when a Windows startup is attempted.

Typically, when Windows will only start in safe mode, it can often mean a bad device driver is causing it (or some software which installs a driver such as a third-party firewall, third-party antivirus, or CD-burning software).

If your friend remembers installing a driver or any such software just prior to the problem, remove it in safe mode then try starting normally.

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Title should tell to. I just simply cannot, via the usual methods from Google searches, tell how to completely and fully obtain a full list of all system restore points.

Thanks for the help in advance guys,


A:How to access view to all system restore points list

Does clicking on start, programs, accessories, system tools, then system restore give you a option to show all the restore points? It should show ya the most recent ones at the very least.

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I'm trying to access the System Volume Information on my computer. From what I've read, I believe it's located on D:\ drive. When I go to Computer> D:\ all that is there is a file named RECOVERY. That file is empty. I'd like to know exactly where the System Volume Information folder is. I believe it's supposed to be in the Root Folder-- also on D:\ drive, but that's not anywhere to be seen. It's my thought that someone has made the Root Folder inaccessable to me, and since I own this computer, I'd like to be able to access it. I may be wrong about the specific location of the Root Folder and the System Volume Information, and if so, any insight would be helpful.

The reason I want to a find the System Volume Information is because I'd like to save my restore points onto a USB stick. I think this is possible, but if someone could verify this it would be good.

I did some reading online about CACLS command prompts when trying to find out where the System Volume Information is, and it's complicated. If there's a way, though, that using the CACLS code will allow me to access the Root/System Volume Information folder, I'm willing to try and use cmd prompt if someone can give me the correct code. I just need it explained clearly. If there's a way to gain access using regedit, I'm willing to try that as well.

Any help is really appreciated.

Dinah K

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Hello all,

Am impressed at the content on this discussion group so thought I'd drop in. Have an Acer 5570 dual core with 2GB. Bought it new from Circuit City (have read many other "circuit city" horror stories about them having sold "used" equip as new...) and only after having "problems" a year or so later, discovered that someone had put a password on the Acer OS making it impossible to access backups. If anyone knows how to recover the Acer system password, let me know.

At any rate, family was surfing all these "celebrity news" sites some time back and it seemed the computer got a virus or ? Intermittency on the lan and also video screens indicated there was a problem. I use Grisoft, Adaware, spybot and gmer but found nothing, so ultimately I chose to move back to an earlier restore point before the problems started, and it seemed to stop most all problems. The only thing that is still "damaged" is that the computer now never automatically connects to the LAN when booting up. Have to always go in and "connect". Any ideas on that?

Now to the current issue. Had a wayward wireless mouse that started failing but it was causing browser and other windows to jitter and jump up and down or sideways. I finally found others that ID'd this problem to be due to bluetooth interference or a wireless mouse/interference and it turned out to be the mouse, but before I found this, I figured a virus had once again gotte... Read more

A:Lost all restore points & can't find password to access backups

From the forum rules:

Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.Click to expand...

Since you've asked several questions I request that everybody ignore the password question and will keep the thread open for the other issues.

My personal opinion is that TeaTimer has an overblown sense of its own importance and tends to get in the way of things that should work. I'd get rid of it, at least long enough to see if it is contributing to your LAN issue. You should be able to uninstall it in the normal manner.

Are you saying that every time you boot your ethernet connection in Network Connections is disabled? But was enabled when you last shut down or restarted?

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Installed windows 8, had windows 7 previously so i never partitioned or anything just a fresh install. Had my 'windows.old' which was a previous session of windows 7 with my important documents, pics, music, vids. I've ran successful for 3-4 days no problems at all, i've even shutdown properly many times (figured it will make restore points) anyways today while moving from windows.old to my current Windows and Users folder. I was installing RocketUSB to try and get this USB Microphone to work. In the process i guess i forgot to check off something but Optimizer Pro really messed up my rigg.My whole desktop full of items, music documents,, video, and picture folder deleted. Some programs just vanished. Everything in my 'windows.old' is almost non existent. There is no documents just a lot of empty folders there and everything i freshly moved from windows.old to my current is ALL gone. I currently have zero existent document, from my old and new to what I've created thus far.

I attempted to use system restore, but there is absolutely no restore points. I tried restoring my recycling bin but there was no old documents there. I looked up a few tutorials, programs and dis-checks to currently see if there was other issues besides Optimizer Pro. Well i never figured i'd be back in a forums but i really need help. I have no solution at the moment but will be running Recuva overnight and restoring what i can (first time Recuva user) So i do not know what to expect after this.Was wond... Read more

A:W8 Recovery/Restoration. No previous created points URGENT

Never rely on windows.old to retrieve you personal data, you should ideally back up your data to an external drive especially when upgrading your system.

System restore points are created as needed determined by the type of update you install automatically. If you do not have any then none were created, see this:
Restore Point Automatic Creation - Disable in Windows

Suggest you do a Refresh:
Refresh Windows 8

Your programs will have to be reinstalled but your data should remain intact, back up the data anyways before proceeding.

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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 have it seems contracted a virus. I tried running "Regcure" which said that I had over 2000 corrupted files. I fixed them but still would get the QPServices Entry Point error on start up. When I use google the search works fine but often when I try to click on a link it either opens several windows along with the one I was looking for - or it opens only one window but it is not the correct link and is often blocked for bad content.

I downloaded and ran the hjthis and here is the log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:32:36 AM, on 1/14/2010
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18865)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Motorola\SMSERIAL\sm56hlpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\QuickPlay\QPService.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QLBCTRL.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP QuickTouch\HPKBDAPP.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\HpqSRmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\WiFiMsg.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP UT\bin\hppusg.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exe
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A:google links redirect, entry points missing and vbs files created

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My system creates automatic Read Only folders with bizarre names like "3d3052ad860eaf705b280c6248a8" and cant delete also. The numbers of such folders are getting increased unknowingly. The folders contain the setup.exe files + others. Could anyone suggest
me kindly regarding this problem??
THank you.

A:Automatic folders getting created

This may be created by some 3rd party applications. Perhaps, they are the temporary files of them. I suggest you to boot this computer in Safe Mode to delete them. Before doing this, please take the ownership to yourself first.
Thanks.Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

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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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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 had to zip the file ark.txt) The attachment system would only allow 56K max.Had these first three problems for a while;1. Help Center button gets "not found." 2. msconfig also comes up as "not found" when I try to "run" it. My temp fix was to search for both files and paste their location in a txt file for when I need them. This works, but obviously something has gone wrong.More serious problem;Yesterday, I DL'd Hulu Video Downloader. The program went wild from the moment I installed it. (Took me to their website, then bounced me to an advertising page.) Once it seemed to be properly installed, it failed to function as advertised. After a good deal of searching I discovered that Hulu does not allow downloading and has taken steps with their streaming technology to prevent it.Obviously I uninstalled HVD, then ran to my restore points to reset things, and after trying three different points from three different dates and times all I got after the usual lengthy "restore" process was the message "Windows cannot restore this restore point." (Typical Windows gush of detailed info.)I have a full recent BU of my system using DriveImage XML so I'm safe, but I was hoping you guys at Bleeping might be able to discover what is causing these problems and yank the nasty @#$%! out of my machine. TYIA, SongsterDDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Dasch at 9:52:03.47 on Fri 05/07/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.187... Read more

A:Restore points fail to restore. icons missing randomly

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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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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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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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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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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