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Windows 7: Windows won't do a system restore

27 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 
Windows won't do a system restore

I have written on this thread about my restore not restoring and now that is no longer an issue, but my system won't backup to a restore. I go to backup and restore, do the restore, so I think, and then I go to a restore point and it is not there. So how exactly do you restore on my internal hard drive C. I have an external hard drive, but I don't think it is restoring on that.
I downloaded something yesterday that I heard wreaks havoc on your machine and I want to go back to before I installed it, hence the need for a restore point. Thanks once again group! I just checked and it is NOT on my external hard drive, so what happened to it. After it was done it said backup was successful.


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27 Oct 2011   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PattiChati View Post
I have written on this thread about my restore not restoring and now that is no longer an issue, but my system won't backup to a restore. I go to backup and restore, do the restore, so I think, and then I go to a restore point and it is not there. So how exactly do you restore on my internal hard drive C. I have an external hard drive, but I don't think it is restoring on that.
I downloaded something yesterday that I heard wreaks havoc on your machine and I want to go back to before I installed it, hence the need for a restore point. Thanks once again group! I just checked and it is NOT on my external hard drive, so what happened to it. After it was done it said backup was successful.
You are confusing me. You say that "my restore not restoring is no longer an issue". But in the next clause you say "my system won't backup to a restore".

System Restore has nothing to do with your external hard drive.


Type "system restore" into the start button search box and choose System Restore from the top of the list that pops up.

You should then see something like the first picture below.

From that screen, select "choose a different restore point".

You should then see something like the second picture below.

If you don't see pictures similar to what is posted below, post a screen shot of what you DO see.

Either you have a list of restore points as shown in the second picture or you don't. Which is it?


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27 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

I see exactly what your screenshots show, but not enough system restore points. I have one automatic restore point from 10-23, then 2 windows update and then no more. I made several system restore points, but none of them are showing up on the 2nd screen. When I say system restore works is because when I restored the one from 10-23, it said restore was successful, whereas before it gave that error message, remember?
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27 Oct 2011   #4

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Did you choose "show more restore points" from the second screen shot??

If you did and the restore points you made were made more recently than 10-23, then either:

1: You did not in fact make restore points. You only thought you did.

or

2: System Restore does not make restore points when you properly attempt to make one.

The fact that the 10-23 restore point is there would imply that it is working correctly--at least for restore points made by Windows.

I have no idea why your self-made restore points, post 10-23, do not appear IF you have checked "show more restore points" on the second screen.

Make a restore point right now. Does it then appear on the list?

If not, you are back to square one with System Restore not working properly.

Since you have already done a repair install and that apparently did not "fix" System Restore, you may have run out of options other than a fresh install. But first confirm that a restore point you make now does not appear on the list.

Are you positive you know how to make a restore point?
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28 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

I had rebooted my machine a few times yesterday and nothing, and I did it again this morning and they were all there. I just did one now and it is there - go figure. I also notice there is an automatic system restore one of the times. Does Windows just do once every once in a while and then their were 2 window updates. So it looks good now except it is slow.....that little circle goes around and around, but at least it works and gues what - I am not optimizing it!!! See I did learn something from you great teacher
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