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Windows 7: phantom system restore points?

17 Oct 2014   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jchap1590 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
This is the safest method to see all restore points. And yes, the wizard does not always show them all. Why don't you try it - takes only 2 minutes.
it's the same list as in the wizard
Good, at least you know now that the data is correct.


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17 Oct 2014   #12
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hmm just on that registry key point mate I always do a back up of the registry directly after a clean install of an OS and before I do ANY changes because there is always the chance you may delete the wrong key/s - so easily done if you are not paying attention or get distracted.
Registry - Backup and Restore takes about a minute to do - is it worth the risk??
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17 Oct 2014   #13
jchap1590

Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Hmm just on that registry key point mate I always do a back up of the registry directly after a clean install of an OS and before I do ANY changes because there is always the chance you may delete the wrong key/s - so easily done if you are not paying attention or get distracted.
Registry - Backup and Restore takes about a minute to do - is it worth the risk??
I try not to make a habit of going into regedit but when I do, I manually create a restore point before altering anything.
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17 Oct 2014   #14
jchap1590

Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
 
 

all the restore points for my F: drive are now gone for some reason. there are 3 available points for the C: drive from today, 2 were created due to critical updates and the third was created in the process of doing a system restore.

is there anything I should be looking for in the event log that could give a hint as to why scheduled restore points are not being created?

EDIT: I'm going to try the following steps
  1. Clear all current restore points
  2. disable system protection on all drives
  3. reboot
  4. enable system protection
  5. manually create a restore point
  6. reboot
I'll see if the failure to create restore points persists after that and update the thread

Thanks for the help ICit2lol and whs, I really appreciate it
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17 Oct 2014   #15
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok mate but for the time taken backing up the registry is the best thing to do for it but just keep it in mind for future use I am not saying restore points are no good but if the registry has been part wrecked then no restore points anyone creates are going to get those back as you only restore to any given point and where the registry is not right.
I am not real sure but even recovery programs like Recuva will get those back. Just as a curiosity I wonder what Recuva would do for you - isn't going to cost anything and who knows what you might get back??
https://www.piriform.com/recuva < download from piriform
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17 Oct 2014   #16
jchap1590

Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Ok mate but for the time taken backing up the registry is the best thing to do for it but just keep it in mind for future use I am not saying restore points are no good but if the registry has been part wrecked then no restore points anyone creates are going to get those back as you only restore to any given point and where the registry is not right.
I am not real sure but even recovery programs like Recuva will get those back. Just as a curiosity I wonder what Recuva would do for you - isn't going to cost anything and who knows what you might get back??
https://www.piriform.com/recuva < download from piriform
oh, I'm not missing any data that I "need" to use a restore point. I'm experimenting with robocopy and I need to be able to restore directories after they've been moved and I happened to noticed that the scheduled task was not creating points.
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17 Oct 2014   #17
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

I was just thinking maybe it might just pick up those phantom restore points ot am I reading this wrong?
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17 Oct 2014   #18
jchap1590

Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
 
 

I'm a little confused by the results of performing the steps I listed above

why isn't there a creation time for ShadowCopy3? and I don't understand why my backup drive is mentioned in ShadowCopy4

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17 Oct 2014   #19
jchap1590

Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
I was just thinking maybe it might just pick up those phantom restore points ot am I reading this wrong?
I guess I'm just under the assumption that the scheduled task is not executing properly, and not that the restore points are in fact being created but are being deleted/lost somehow.

I'm running a deep scan on 'all places' for 'all files'
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