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Windows 7: Windows 7 not saving any restore points

25 Feb 2016   #1
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Windows 7 not saving any restore points

OK guys, (and Gals) I have never ran into this before.
My system will no longer save any restore points after a restart. I can install updates, install/uninstall programs or even set a manual restore point but when the system is restarted there are no restore points left to roll back to. System restore is set to keep 41% of my drive (which is about 120GB). Anyone got any idea what's going on here?

Bill


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25 Feb 2016   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Some things that come to mind.
First from the CMD Prompt run this to verify their are no Restore Points.

This should show you how much space is for Restore points and where they are located.

vssadmin list shadowstorage

The one below will show you your Restore Points.

vssadmin list shadows
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25 Feb 2016   #3
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Results below,

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>vssadmin list shadowstorage
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Shadow Copy Storage association
For volume: (C\\?\Volume{5cb66838-cfc1-11e5-8f6c-806e6f6e6963}\
Shadow Copy Storage volume: (C\\?\Volume{5cb66838-cfc1-11e5-8f6c-806e6f6e69
63}\
Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 0 B (0%)
Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 0 B (0%)
Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 178.911 GB (41%)


C:\Windows\system32>vssadmin list shadows
vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

No items found that satisfy the query.

C:\Windows\system32>


Bill
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25 Feb 2016   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Very strange.
How much free space do you have on the "C" partition?

A while back Avast was causing Restore Point problems. You could check their forum and see if anything new has come up.
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25 Feb 2016   #5
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

371.9 GB

I do use Avast however the last problem I am aware of with Avast was that it would set the System Restore limit to 50% of the drive. That was fixed. I will check their forums though.

Now here's one more thing. I turned off System restore on the C: drive and rebooted and system restore was still enabled. I have tried this 3 times now and the system keeps turning it back on. Winduhs go figure.

Bill
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25 Feb 2016   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I'm missing something.
Why are you turning off system restore on the "C"?
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25 Feb 2016   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Run this command in elevated command prompt and see whether it fixes the problem:

"%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe /d srrstr.dll,ExecuteScheduledSPPCreation"
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25 Feb 2016   #8
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I had the thought that if the SysVol folder was corrupted that turning off restore would delete the folder at restart
and recreate after restoring the monitoring on the C: drive. Just something to try. However the monitoring should not have been restarted.

Also I have disabled Avast and it has made no difference.

Bill
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25 Feb 2016   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I do remember something about 3rd party defrag program causing Restore Points not to show up. My understand was the defrag tool moved things around where Windows 7 couldn't find them.
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25 Feb 2016   #10
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I ran the command that WHS suggested and it did set a system restore point. However on restart it disappeared. This is not my computer it belongs to my Niece (in law). I did a boot sector rebuild for her a coupla weeks ago because the system wouldn't boot and also ran a dfrag on the drive. Now I see she has Iobit Smart Defrag installed. Also several others. I am now running Windows defrag, (which is only a striped down version of Diskeeper) to see if it will help. At analyze it showed about 90% fragmentation. If all else fails I will reload from the Recovery partition.

Bill
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