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Windows 7: System Restore Points


02 Sep 2013   #1
silkphoenix

Windows 7 X64
 
 
System Restore Points

Hello,

I have been checking my System Restore Points and I noticed that it only showed my initial one (Aug 17), then Aug 30 and 31, but none after that, and today is September 2. I have check the Task Manager, and it said last run was September 2 and was successful. Then why didn't it show up in the System Restore list?

Any comments/suggestions are much appreciated. Thank you.


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02 Sep 2013   #2
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

By default, System Restore in Windows 7 creates a scheduled restore point once every 7 days if no other restore points have been created. (Last paragraph this Microsoft article.) And this tutorial explains more about restore points, particularly the need to have system protection turned on and how to change the amount of disk space used to save restore points.

System Restore Point - Create
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02 Sep 2013   #3
silkphoenix

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Hello marsmimar,

Thank you for your quick response. I understand how does System Restore work and its schedule. I have set it as DAILY, that's why I asked this question. I am sorry I didn't make it clear in my original post.

That's why it showed August 30 and 31 on the list. But why it didn't show Sept 1 or 2, that's my issue since I scheduled it as Daily and at 12am.

Thank you.
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02 Sep 2013   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello SilkPhoenix,

Did you use the same method from METHOD TWO in the tutorial below to create the task with the instant shortcut?

System Restore Point : Create at System Startup

Was you PC running at the scheduled time, and not asleep or turned off?
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02 Sep 2013   #5
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

See posts 2 and 3 this previous Forum thread:

Create restore points automatically?

EDIT: Looks like Shawn beat me again.
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02 Sep 2013   #6
silkphoenix

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Hello Brink,

No, I didn't install the shortcut. I just use the setting in the Task Manager to set up my schedule. I have checked the "Wake the computer to do this task" box. So the task should start even if my PC is asleep.

I just manually created a System Restore Point, and it did show up on the list.



Thank you.
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02 Sep 2013   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

If you like, adjust your scheduled task to run the instant shortcut (program) instead to see if that may help.
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02 Sep 2013   #8
silkphoenix

Windows 7 X64
 
 

OK, I think I'll wait a couple more days to see if any new System Restore Points show up after today. If none, I'll try the Shortcut option. I'll post an update in a few days.

Thank you for all of your help, everyone.
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02 Sep 2013   #9
silkphoenix

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Hello Brink,

I have a question, If I install the shortcut. What will happen to the one in the Task Manager? Will this shortcut override the one in the Task Manager?

Please advise.

Thank you.
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02 Sep 2013   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

The shortcut (.vbs file) doesn't actually install. The shortcut only automatically runs Windows create restore point for you.

Instead, you would save it to where you wanted to keep it, then have the task set to run the .vbs file.
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