Windows 7 system restore does not work

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September 11, 2014 at 10:05:52
Specs: Windows 7, IntelQuadcore 2.8 GHz
Have a longstanding problem that system restore in my win 7 system does not work. Every time it reports that after trying to restore no changes were made to the computer. What can be the cause of this and what is there to be done about it ? Have already tried to use Windows Repair from the OS disk, also without success.

Glad for any help


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#1
September 11, 2014 at 10:49:21
It depends on WHY you are attempting the restore. Please explain the issue so we can understand.

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#2
September 12, 2014 at 00:49:51
Have you tried doing the restore from safe mode?

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#3
September 14, 2014 at 00:20:14
Want to put back my pc to a moment no threats were present. Sometimes unwanted tool-bars or unintended downloads present and install themselves and really uninstalling them without leaving remnants is not always that easy. Such a happening occurred after posting my question when I found on computing.net's website an advert for a program called www.smartpcfixer.com that promised to repair system restore and I downloaded it before googling it. When I did that I found that uninstalling this smartpcfixer is very difficult. That is why i want my system restore possibility in my win7 64 bit pc to work again.

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#4
September 14, 2014 at 00:21:41
Tried system restore from safe mode, but that did not work either. Thank you for the trouble taken.

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#5
September 14, 2014 at 16:42:40
Try disabling your anti-virus software. Worked for me.

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#6
September 14, 2014 at 18:20:16
How far back are you trying to restore?
Have you tried running malwarebytes and the associated rootkit scanners?
These are very trustworthy scanners.

https://www.malwarebytes.org/downlo...

De "Anti-Malware free" and "Anti-Rootkits" (scroll down)

After running the scanners and repairs, you can try again to restore to the point you want.


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#7
September 15, 2014 at 16:01:44
Make a Windows 7 Repair Disk on a known 'clean' working Windows 7 machine (make it in the Windows backup section). As long as both machines are 3bit or 64bit you can use it on the other machine.
Boot to the Repair Disk, go to the repair options and select System Restore from there. This uses the restore points on your hard drive but the restore software from the repair disk instead.
This should fix your problem and let you do the restore.
The repair disk is a good tool to have around.

For the future, note that when your computer is in the exact condition that you want it, you can then make an image of our C drive on an external drive and the repair disk can then be used in the future to reimage the drive (from the saved image) if it ever becomes really messed up or needs complete replacement.

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