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Windows 7: System restore

25 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 
System restore

I cannot restore usinig any of my system restores. It gives me an error. Can I do a system repair. If so, how do I do that and then will my system restores work? Thanks.


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25 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

You can do a System Repair using the below tutorial.
Repair Install

Although I doubt it will help your situation, it's worth a shot. While you're at it, you might also want to run the sfc/scannow command in an elevated command prompt to fix any corrupted or deleted system files.
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Also, does that error give you an error code of some sort? If not, could you post exactly what the error says? A screenshot of the message would also be helpful.
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25 Sep 2011   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

What is the text of the error it gives?

Windows System Restore will not help you recover that file you lost. By design, System Restore does not affect your personal data files. Nor does a system repair.

If you were to do a system recovery using the recovery partition that may be on your hard drive, it would simply take the PC back to the state it was in the day you bought it----any personal data would be lost.

A system repair is normally done with a standard Windows installation disc. I doubt if you have one. In your case there might be a way to do it from a menu available when you boot by hitting one of the Function Keys.

Why do you need to do a System Restore or system repair---what issues are you having?
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25 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

I was hoping a system restore would give me back my excel worksheet. Since the system restore wouldn't work, I thought I would do a system repair. But if it won't give me my info back - what do I do? I guess it is lost forever. But they say nothing is really lost, it is in the hard drive somewhere.
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26 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Unfortunately, you can't recover files or data back from System Restore. If you are looking to recover an Excel worksheet, you will be unable to use a System Restore. How did you lose it by the way? Was it accidentally deleted?
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26 Sep 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

It may not be lost forever.

Use Recuva or Getdataback as mentioned in your other thread.

It costs nothing to find out if you can get it back. You can view the recoverable "lost" files without paying a dime.

If you can get it back, it is up to you to decide if you want to pay the asking price to actually get it back onto your hard drive.

That's how I think those applications work.
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26 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

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this is the error message I get when trying to do a system restore - and I have tried every restore point.


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26 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Your best chance to recover the spreadsheet is using a data recovery tool. I'll link a few reliable examples below. Personally, I recommend Recuva which works great on most deleted files. Once again, may I ask how you deleted the file?

Recuva
Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
TestDisk
TestDisk - CGSecurity
Pandora Recovery
Free Pandora File Recovery - Find and recover deleted files of any type.
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26 Sep 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

yes, I think it was accidently deleted
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26 Sep 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Right. First, check your Recycle Bin. I know it sound stupid but it might still be there. If it isn't run Recuva and see if it can find the deleted file.
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