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Windows 7: why do my Restore Points keep disappearing?

02 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - SP1
 
 
why do my Restore Points keep disappearing?

Generally speaking, I like to maintain an "archive" of Restore Points [eg. Windows Updates, self-created Restore Points done when installing new software, etc.] that cover about a month's worth of recent activity.

More recently, I've become really concerned because for some unknown reason, the number of Restore Points in my archives [which I check using CCleaner > Tools > System Restore] seems to be dwindling and /or disappearing, leaving me with just one or two from the most recent restore point creations.

How do I go about ensuring that I maintain a reasonable number of restore points [ideally about 12 to 14 points covering about 4 to 6 weeks worth] in my system?

Restore Points that are no more than 2 to 3 days old, are too close for comfort as far as I'm concerned.

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02 May 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Tony,

If you haven't already, you could change the maximum disk space usage amount for system protection to be higher to help store more restore points.

System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

Hope this helps.
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02 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - SP1
 
 
"Lost" Restore Points.

Thanks for getting back so soon Sean. Hope all is well...

OK to the problem.

I had the maximum disk space usage amount already set at 15%, but after the post, pushed it out to 18% [= 18GB] and will monitor things over the next few days [ie. Windows Update Restore Points, etc.]

However, I also note that both the Services of Volume Shadow Copy and Windows Backup are shown as set to Manual in Startup Type.

I understand that the recommended Startup Type for those two Services is Automatic, and if that is the case, a pointer in the right direction to apply the setting, will be much appreciated.

Cheers Mate
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02 May 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Manual is the default and should be fine, but changing it to Automatic will be fine as well if wanted. Step 6 in Option One of the tutorial below can help show you how.

Services - Start or Disable
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02 May 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - SP1
 
 

Thanks Sean, I'll keep you posted on developments.

Cheers for now... as always, you're a Legend.
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02 May 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome.
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02 May 2014   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just a thought.
Check your free space on the drive.
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08 May 2014   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - SP1
 
 
Restore points all disappeared yet again

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Just a thought.
Check your free space on the drive.
I have a ton of free space on the HD ... but as my heading points out, while doing a check of Restore Points yesterday, I discovered that all had disappeared completely.

A similar check two days ago [via CCleaner [as Admin] > Tools > Restore Points], showed 6 various [Windows Updates & Manually created] Restore points, PLUS the latest greyed out.

The shock of yesterday's discovery is that NOT ONE Restore Point was evident - this situation scares the heck out of me.

Additionally, I have also carried out a myriad of virus, security, spybot and malware scans - nothing found apart from the usual cookies etc.
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08 May 2014   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hey Tony,

Do you have any other utility type programs installed that include a restore point management feature?

Do you dual boot with another OS? If so, then that could be why.

If you turn off system protection, it would also delete all restore points.

The reason why the latest restore point is grayed out in CCleaner is that by default only up to all but the latest restore point can be deleted.

To be safe, I would also recommend to keep an updated system image. It's more reliable than restore points.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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08 May 2014   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - SP1
 
 

Hello Shawn,

Thanks for getting back with your advice...

I do have pre-installed software on the laptop called NTI Backup Now 5. Standard Edition and am wondering if it's worthwhile giving that a run?

http://www.nticorp.com/en/us/product/backup_now5.asp

In the meantime, I will study your suggestion carefully, to make sure that I don't stuff up.

Cheers,
Tony

15 minutes short of 6 hours for an NTI backup of one drive = 235GB, and another of 57GB!
Now I think I'll look at your suggested link and see the comparisons.
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