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Windows 7: Restore Points Disappearing in Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OS


10 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Restore Points Disappearing in Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OS

I am having trouble with system restore points disappearing on my Windows 7 OS. Both automated and manually created restore point vanish. I have more than enough space allocated for the restore points and yet they still disappear. I know that this has been a Windows 7 issue for some time, and I have tried a few 'fixes' (eg. making sure VSS & Windows Backup are started in 'Services'), however, nothing I have tried to date has corrected this problem.
I read on some forum that certain 'clean up' applications may delete restore points. I currently have CClean (free ver.) and iolo System Mechanic running on my machine. Could either of these system maintenance programs possibly be deleting restore points?
Any suggestions / solutions will be very much welcomed! ...Thanks in advance!


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10 Jun 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello DJ,

CCleaner will only delete your restore points if you manually delete them in it like below.
Restore Points Disappearing in Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OS-ccleaner.jpg
I don't know about System Mechanic. You might uninstall it for a while to see if your restore points are still disappearing or not. Some disk defrag programs will also wipe restore points, so if this program has this feature, then it could be wiping them.

Do you dual boot with another OS? Dual booting with XP has been known to do this everytime you start either OS.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn


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10 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

...Thanks Shawn for 'quick' reply!

I do not use the CCleaner restore point feature, actually, I was not even aware of this option. Also, I do not dual boot. I know that System Mechanic has a defrag option, I will check to see if it's turned on, although I would think that doing a defrag on your disks wouldn't delete restore points...?
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10 Jun 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yes, some 3rd party disk defraggers have been known to wipe out restore points and shadow copies. It wouldn't hurt to turn off that feature or uninstall System Mechanic for a while as a test to see if either may be the cause.
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10 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

...Thanks again Shawn. Given that this has been a known problem in Windows for some time, you would think that the developers @ Microsoft would have corrected this problem vs having to jump through these 'fix' hoops...
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10 Jun 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yeah, poorly written or incompatible programs can be a pain in Windows.
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