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Windows 7: Only have a few weeks of restore point available?


09 Aug 2012   #1
flycaster

Windows 7 HP 64-bit
 
 
Only have a few weeks of restore point available?

Can't get to any restore points earlier than a few weeks ago. Had been allowing CCleaner to "fix" registry. This could have screwed up my OS, but I don't know enough about this stuff to figure it out.


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09 Aug 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Adam,

Here's a couple of items to check and see if you may have any additional restore points.

How much max disk space do you have set for restore points? If to low, then older restore points would be deleted to make room for new ones. Increasing the max size will allow you to be able keep more restore points.
System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage
Do you have the Show other restore points box checked while looking for restore points like in the screenshot below?

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Aug 2012   #3
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Caster,

If you don't know very much about CCleaner AND the registry, I recommend that you discontinue use of CCleaner.


You might not be able to get back the restore points, but you can 1. show more restore points, 2. allow for more restore points to be created, and 3. create another restore point now.
  1. as in Option One: step 8 of this tutorial by Brink - System Restore
    Quote:
    NOTE: Check the Show other restore points box to see any restore points (older) that may not be listed here.
  2. System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage - tutorial by Brink
  3. System Restore Point - Create - tutorial by Brink
EDIT: sorry, Brink posted first
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11 Aug 2012   #4
flycaster

Windows 7 HP 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Adam,

Here's a couple of items to check and see if you may have any additional restore points.

How much max disk space do you have set for restore points? If to low, then older restore points would be deleted to make room for new ones. Increasing the max size will allow you to be able keep more restore points.
System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage
Do you have the Show other restore points box checked while looking for restore points like in the screenshot below?

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Shawn, unfortunately, this didn't help. Problem is that I originally had my system restore set to only 15% and the fully listed restore points only didn't go back far enough to a point that I thought may have been before this installation problem started. I never realized that without enough storage space, the number of restore points would be limited due to deletions.
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11 Aug 2012   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm sorry to hear that Adam. What issues are you having? Perhaps one of us may be able to help with them.
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12 Aug 2012   #6
chrysalis

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

restore points are big, I am using 1.8gig (with a 2 gig limit) and its just for 2 restore points.

But think of the alternative, image backups would probably be at least 30gig a pop.
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12 Aug 2012   #7
flycaster

Windows 7 HP 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
I'm sorry to hear that Adam. What issues are you having? Perhaps one of us may be able to help with them.
Well, Brink, my problems really started when I tried to install the ABBYY program that came with the Lexmark all-in-one printer disc. Lexmark and the ABBYY folks spent a lot of time helping me, but to no avail. The problem that kept coming up was that an administrator had give rights for the setup to install. I have now had that same "administrator rights" problem trying to install Silverlight and Skype. The latter two were functioning well on my computer, but for some reason I deleted Silverlight and Skype apparently deleted itself and I could never get then to reinstall due to this administrator problem. And, I am the administrator and gave full permissions to install these programs. I have been able, though, to install other programs off the net without any problems...go figure. Here are two links which should give you the details (with screen shots of the error messages) of what's been going on:

Skype not installing: Adminsitrator and folder cre... - Skype Support Network

Trouble installing ABBYY FineReader Sprint 9.0?

So, in trying to get things back to normal, I was thinking that maybe is screwed up by using CCleaners's registry cleaner and was trying to restore to a time before the ABBYY problem. But now I see that won't happen and maybe I'll get lucky and figure out why I'm having these selective adminstrator problems.

Certainly, any help you can give me is well appreciated.
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12 Aug 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Just as a test, you might create a new administrator account to see if you have the same issues while logged on to it.
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12 Aug 2012   #9
flycaster

Windows 7 HP 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Just as a test, you might create a new administrator account to see if you have the same issues while logged on to it.
The Lexmark folks did that to no avail. I mean, I gave them permission to remotely control my computer and they did just about everything to try to solve this problem. The same for the ABBYY people. Both evenutally came back, after boosting to higher tech levels, that something must be wrong with my computer or its OS and that I should talk to the manufacturer and or Microsoft.
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12 Aug 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. It sounds to me like you mucked up your system. You are probably ready for a reinstall. Just make sure you save your user files first.

2. System Restore is not a safe way to protect yourself. In the future you would be better off if you imaged your system frequently (at least once per week). Then you can control yourself how far back you want to keep the images. Just make sure you do not use the Windows 7 built in imaging. That is no good. Free Macrium or free Paragon are better choices.
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