System Restore Issue In Windows XP

February 27, 2014 at 18:06:34
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Quad/4096
Let's get right to the point.

Every time I reformat the computer, System Restore seems to work properly by making proper check points that I can go back to. Yet a few days later, System Restore starts doing its own thing: On average, it tends to create a daily "Software Distribution Service 3.0" restore point. (I remember when it used to make restore points after Windows Updates, yet it doesn't do that anymore, only the SDS 3.0).

So whenever I try restoring to any day before today, none of the Restore points work. The system restore folder never gets modified in any way by me, because I know when it is modified, it won't restore. This is a very annoying issue, since I cannot restore back ever again, (hence the reasons why I tend to end up reformatting/reinstalling Windows. I want this issue resolved please. thank you.


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#1
February 27, 2014 at 18:11:35
Have you checked the following things, described here?
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302...

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#2
February 27, 2014 at 18:16:44
Most people go for years without ever having to reinstall the OS, many never have to reinstall the OS. What is it you're doing that causes you to regularly need to use System Restore and/or reformat & reinstall Windows?

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#3
February 27, 2014 at 18:59:33
paul: I've tried those steps and cannot really find any issue; I've went through their tutorial and tried out things there, i still cannot get it fixed.

riider: sometimes whenever i use programs to clean the system, rarely does some system files mess up to where certain functions become faulty, so system restore would let me go back to before that event and i would make sure not to run that certain scan again or whatnot. Or whenever I modify certain view settings, and not really like what i did and want to restore back to the original just a few minutes earlier, I'd like to have system restore work for me to go back to that.

What's this System Distribution Service 3.0 deal?


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#4
February 27, 2014 at 21:39:29
Have you checked, whether there is enough space free or reserved for the System Restore?

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#5
February 27, 2014 at 21:41:03
There is a lot of free space on this hard disk

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#6
February 28, 2014 at 00:05:54
What do you mean by, 'a lot'.
By default, I think XP allocates 12% of disc space for Sys Restore.
If you have a small HDD or if XP is installed on a small partition, Then a lot may not be enough.
Maybe increase the space allocated for Sys Res.

However, If the above has litle or no bearing, maybe the fact that XP makes a daily restore point is an issue.
I guess you need the Software Distribution Service running, but I'm curious why it sets a daily restore point...
Could be you are running MS Security Essential. If so, maybe changing to an alternative AV, would help; Avast, maybe?
From the link below; "If you are running MSE, expect to see SDS restore points about every day or so and that usually just means your MSE has gotten an update.."

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...


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#7
February 28, 2014 at 00:28:03
Edit Never mind. The link in Peet100's post above explains it.

Uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials or configure it (if possible) to not do automatic updates. Or maybe just turning off automatic updates in Security Center will stop that from happening.

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#8
February 28, 2014 at 04:58:53
"sometimes whenever i use programs to clean the system"

And what programs would those be? There's a lot of garbage out there & a lot of malware that's marketed as cleaning programs - CleanMyPC & PC Matic for example. They should be avoided like the plague. CCleaner-Slim is all you should need plus a decent anti-virus/anti-malware program. Most of the retail offerings such as Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, etc should be avoided. There are plenty of freebies out there that work just as good, if not better, & are lighter on system resources.

CCleaner is available at the following link. The latest Slim version hasn't been released yet (probably available in a day or two). If you go for the standard version, pay close attention during the installation & do NOT let any of the bundled software install along with it. There's also a portable version that doesn't need to be installed, it can be copied to a USB flash drive & run from there or just launched from the EXE file in the folder after you unzip it >> http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...


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#9
February 28, 2014 at 05:11:36
"Maybe increase the space allocated for Sys Res"

Increase the amount? I remember reading that the average size of an XP system restore point is approx 70MB. That means approx 14 restore points per GB. What are the chances that you would have to restore back that far or farther? Leaving it configured to use 12% of the partition is just a waste of storage space.


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#10
February 28, 2014 at 06:13:34
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#11
February 28, 2014 at 09:52:16
I agree with #8 there is no need for clean up programs. Most of them mess up more than they fix, as you have found out. Just stop using them.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#12
February 28, 2014 at 10:37:22
Peet100: I have over 70 GB of free space. Yes, I'm running MSE, yet I remember seeing that SDS 3.0 before installing MSE, there's a few times that I've seen this certain event. A long time ago, I remember initiating the process of uninstalling MSE related to the System Restore issue, yet eventually re-installed it since SDS 3.0 kept making restore points.

DAVEINCAPS MSE never automatically updates itself, every time I manually go to the Microsoft Update site, there is always an update to MSE with new definitions released around the last time I checked for Microsoft updates.

riider: Thanks for the suggestions. I am aware of the fake/malware applications. I use top10reviews.com to look at expert reviews of software and use those types of software, high end stuff, I get my research correct, yet at times, those programs mess up system settings somehow. But also just in general: "I want Microsoft System Restore to work on this system." Don't want it to be just some useless software sitting on this system =)

anjali: what the hell is that?

Derek: Yes, agreed. Yet every now and then, something little 'n all. But also, I want that feature (System Restore) to work on this system.


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#13
February 28, 2014 at 11:18:16
The "Software Distribution Service" reports are not unusual. If you are using MSE maybe it's down to them. You won't get the lost restore points back but you can set the allowance so that it makes more space for them (if you have space).

Best thing is to avoid reformatting. I've had computers since Windows 95 and if I've ever used reformat it was probably on one of the first ones when I hadn't learned enough about fixing issues. In fact I hate full restore because I tailor all my computers to suit me and it would takes weeks to get things back to the way I want them, rather than the way MS wants them.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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