Win 7 System Restore Points not saved

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January 24, 2010 at 10:17:35
Specs: Windows 7 Home, i7 / 6 GB
I have just re built my comp over the last few weeks and have installed for the first time Windows 7. When installing all my old programmes the system said it was creating ‘restore points’ before installing.
I have just went to look at all the restore point and it is empty. The system when I shut down and re start wipes ALL the ‘restore points’.
When I create a manual restore point and check it gives me the date and a restore point fine but once I log off ALL restore points are wiped.
What do I have to do to keep them on the comp?

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#1
January 24, 2010 at 11:04:37
Accessing System Restore program in Windows 7 is, unfortunately, more cumbersome than it was in Windows XP. Enough of my ranting...

Questions:

How did you come to the determination that no point have been saved. How did you access System Restore/Backup program? Did you go into it THIS way? If not, ...

1. Test create and save new restore point following the procedures given
HERE.
2. Restart the computer.
3. Open the program. Are the point saved?

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#2
January 24, 2010 at 11:20:51
"Accessing System Restore program in Windows 7 is, unfortunately, more cumbersome than it was in Windows XP. Enough of my ranting..."

Accessing things in Windows 7 is far easier & faster than in previous versions of Windows thanks to Windows Search.

For example: System Restore can be accessed easily & very quickly by clicking on the Start Orb & typing restore into the Start menu search box ... you should instantly see System Restore amongst the list of relevant search results presented.

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#3
January 24, 2010 at 11:47:11
Thank you for that, my old friend Sabertooth. I humbly stand corrected.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#4
January 24, 2010 at 12:49:56
Does it really matter how I access it as long as I end up on that last screen?
Every time I do end up on the last screen there is a red x saying 'no restore points have been created'

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#5
January 24, 2010 at 13:39:27
A shot in the dark ...Is your hard drive FAT32?

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#6
January 24, 2010 at 15:41:06
Are you running a dualboot machine?

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#7
January 24, 2010 at 16:04:07
Try disabling system restore altogether and then re-enable it and see if that corrects it. I've had that happen to me once in Vista and it seemed to do the trick.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#8
January 25, 2010 at 01:26:07
Not quite sure how I would know if my hard drives were FaAT 32 or not. I am not running a duel boot. I will try to disable system restore and see if that works.

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#9
January 25, 2010 at 01:49:00
NO switching system restore off then rebooting and switching back on again does not work. Stiil points being wiped.

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#10
January 25, 2010 at 11:44:41
Try this:

Reboot into safe mode & manually disable System Restore. Reboot again into safe mode & then re-enable System Restore & the create a restore point.

Let's know if it's saved when you boot back into normal mode.

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#11
January 27, 2010 at 05:46:52
No unfortunatly this did not work either....could it have anything to do with Norton....just a thought

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#12
January 27, 2010 at 10:24:52
It could. It seems like prob a utility program of some sort could be causing this now. Something is erasing your restore points. Try uninstalling Norton and see if it still does it.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#13
January 27, 2010 at 18:39:29
Good old Norton: still causing about as much grief as it's supposed to alleviate. Remove that piece of detritus & use another security suite. Also make sure, you've got enough space set aside for System Restore.

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#14
January 28, 2010 at 06:04:48
Removed EVERYTHING to do with Norton and STILL my restore points are being deleted.... any ideas?

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#15
January 28, 2010 at 11:32:53
Ok can anybody explain this please....have been increasing my disk space under System Protection by 5% increments. Been logging off and back on again...no points saved untill I got to 55% Why is that???

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#16
January 28, 2010 at 12:51:12
How much free space (actual & %) is on the partition the restore files are on?


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#17
January 28, 2010 at 13:26:39
Not quite sure what that means

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#18
January 28, 2010 at 13:34:29
First look in Computer to see the size of the partition and how much free space there is. Then using system restore when you changed the settings to 55%, what was the actual space allocated to restore. The number is right there with the percentage.

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#19
January 28, 2010 at 17:15:11
i'm just going to throw this one out here but have you scanned for malware, ad-ware, spyware, torjans or viruses on your pc?

Have you also ran hijackthis to comb through your system for anything odd that maybe running that you aren't aware of?

I find it very odd how your restore points keep on getting erased after you restart, and normally when things like that happen you have software of some sort legit or harmful causing it.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#20
January 29, 2010 at 00:42:26
I have scanned the machine MANY times. But as I say the large 55% and I dont know why seems to keep them. Why is it so high?

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#21
February 3, 2010 at 13:16:06
Have we all run out of ideas

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#22
February 3, 2010 at 14:21:07
Did you by chance install over the top of another OS?

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#23
February 4, 2010 at 01:32:38
The C Drive already had Windows XP on it but Windows 7 was a clean install. It kept a windows file 'windows.old' as it should but now everything to do with windows 7 has been cleared off.

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#24
February 4, 2010 at 06:51:11
My guess is that for some reason there are some files in the folder used for the backups and they are marked as read only. I am not sure where they are located in Windows 7 as I am still finding my own way around.

The way the restore is designed to work is once the reserve space becomes full the oldest file is discarded to make room for the newest. If some files can't be discarded for whatever reason then nothing can be saved until you increase the percentage to allow new files to be added to the folder.



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#25
February 5, 2010 at 00:46:46
Yes but even when I log on there are no system restore files to see. It I don't think is a question of space. I am set to 55%

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#26
February 5, 2010 at 06:33:58
I may well be a question of space. Didn't you say that if you set to 55% you CAN save a restore point? Wouldn't that indicate that there is something filling most of the reserved space and it is not being bumped out as it should be?

I did some hunting for the location of the restore points but have not found it yet.

Try running System File Checker to repair possible damaged or missing files. Look at the link below to learn how.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833


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#27
February 7, 2010 at 04:40:25
Well for now the problem is solved thanks all. What I did was completly formated my C drive reinstalled Windows 7 clean and touch wood all is ok at 5%. All I can think is that there were some left over files from XP that were causing a problem.

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#28
February 7, 2010 at 08:12:01
That was a strange problem. At least you are good to go now.

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