Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Missing Restore Points

22 Apr 2011   #1

Windows Home Premium 64bit
Missing Restore Points

Last I looked at my Restore Points (about 3 weeks ago) I had about 13-15 Restore Points. I looked at them today and only have 5. As you can see by the attachments, I have allocated ample room for many more Restore Points.
I guess my question would be - do Restore Points get flushed on a regular basis?

Best regards

Attached Images
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Apr 2011   #2
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

They are not supposed to get deleted unless your storage is to small.
Yours isn't, you have plenty at 27GB.


Never mind. I just realized you had it checked.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Apr 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Yes, if you do certain disk maintenance operations, they may get flushed (e.g. Disk Cleanup). But they also seem to mysteriously disappear at times. You cannot really rely on system restore. The smart way is to make images instead (but not with Win7 imaging). Then you control the action yourself.

If you want to list the restore points, open an elevated Command Prompt (run as admin) and type: vssadmin list shadows - then hit Enter. They all have a timestamp.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Apr 2011   #4

Windows Home Premium 64bit

Hi Hopalong - good to see you. No go, when I hit next it just wants to restore to the last Restore Point. Obviously I hit cancel. Using Shadow Explorer, it also only shows 5 Restore Points. Oh well, not a biggy, just a mystery. Being overly cautious I always have lots of Drive Images and File Backups on external storage so if distaster strikes I am ready. lol
Many thanks for your feedback.
Best regards
Thanks also WHS. Got it covered.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Apr 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello mate.

As whs said, don't rely too much on System Restore as it has issues, but it is a good thing to try first in an issue.

Have a look at Method Two of this tutorial at he link below to have daily SR points auto-created.

System Restore Point : Create at System Startup
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Missing Restore Points

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads for2: Missing Restore Points
Thread Forum
System restore points missing Backup and Restore
Missing restore points... Backup and Restore
System restore points missing/deleted Backup and Restore
System Restore Points Missing Backup and Restore
Restore points missing Backup and Restore
Reinstall Windows 7? Missing restore points Backup and Restore

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:58 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App