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Windows 7: How can you tell Windows a restore point no longer exists?

05 Jul 2014   #1
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
How can you tell Windows a restore point no longer exists?

It is part of a larger problem though. Because I store my system images on an other drive then the drive windows is installed on it cannot find them and as such the restore point doesn't work.

Though in the screenshot I want those entries to be removed as the backup for that has been removed.


I got an other entry which is the last system backup I made but how to fix it knowing where to search for the backup?

Also with my restore disk it cannot find it.

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05 Jul 2014   #2
Vexxum

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Use CCleaner to find all your restore points.
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05 Jul 2014   #3
Max Pen

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I have and it doesn't list them.
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05 Jul 2014   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Matt,

Those restore points are from Windows Backups.

Check to see if you may be able to delete the restore point using any of the options in the tutorial below.
System Protection Restore Points - Delete
If not, then you could see if turning off system protection for the drive to delete all restore points, then turn on system protection again may remove them.
System Protection - Turn On or Off
If still not, then resetting Windows Backup to default may be able to remove it. This will also remove any reference to any saved backups, so be sure to create a new one afterwards.
Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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05 Jul 2014   #5
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

System images through Backup are not the same as Restore Points. Restore points are stored in a special area on the disk and used to restore only system files. While it can "remove" programs that you installed, it has no affect on data files that the programs may have created or any other data files. "It's a way to undo system changes to your computer without affecting your personal files, such as e‑mail, documents, or photos."

System images, depending on how the backup is optioned, will restore ALL files to a previous state.
"A system image is an exact copy of a drive. By default, a system image includes the drives required for Windows to run. It also includes Windows and your system settings, programs, and files. You can use a system image to restore the contents of your computer if your hard disk or computer ever stops working. When you restore your computer from a system image, it's a complete restoration—you can't choose individual items to restore, and all of your current programs, system settings, and files are replaced with the contents of the system image."

You can remove restore points manually but they automatically get removed, oldest first, by how much space you allocated for restore points. To get to these options: Click on Control Panel > System. In the left pane, click on System Protection. The image below is a sample of Restore Point options.


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05 Jul 2014   #6
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Looks like Brink beat me to it.
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05 Jul 2014   #7
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

That appears to be similar to this thread,

Disk Cleanup and older Restore Points

There is a resolution on this page,

Disk Cleanup and older Restore Points

That person had stopped using windows backup, since you are still using it I think following Brink's advice below to reset and create a new one would be a good idea,


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
If still not, then resetting Windows Backup to default may be able to remove it. This will also remove any reference to any saved backups, so be sure to create a new one afterwards.
Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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