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Windows 7: Where are system restore points saved?

30 Dec 2009   #1
tedcredted

Windows 7
 
 
Where are system restore points saved?

I want to save a system restore point to disc, but it seems to only let me save the most recent one, whereas I want to save the oldest one to disc. Where is it located on my hard drive, and can I manually send it to a disc or flash drive if I can find it? Thank you for your help!


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30 Dec 2009   #2
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

On the root of "C" under "system volume information"

You have to un-hide protected system files to see it.

Hope this helps.
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30 Dec 2009   #3
elmo2006

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

@ tedcredted...

The following link should 'satisfy' your curiosity....
Windows XP System Restore

From the looks of things, you may be able to copy the restore point to a temp directory and then burn to disk, but you may have to copy the restore point back to that same location to have the system register it.

I guess it's trial and error from here on....

Hope this helps...

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30 Dec 2009   #4
tedcredted

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks Nate, I can see the system volume information folder, but it is denying me access. How do I change the permission for that folder? Thank you for your help!
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30 Dec 2009   #5
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tedcredted View Post
Thanks Nate, I can see the system volume information folder, but it is denying me access. How do I change the permission for that folder? Thank you for your help!
You will need to have admin rights on the machine.

Beyond that you will probably need to take ownership.

That is one of my "weak points" so I will have to defer to someone else if you're not the admin on the machine.
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30 Dec 2009   #6
tedcredted

Windows 7
 
 

Well I thought I was the admin on my machine, but apparently not. I'll see what I can find out about that and how to take ownership, then I'll check back here, thanks for the help!
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30 Dec 2009   #7
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tedcredted View Post
Well I thought I was the admin on my machine, but apparently not. I'll see what I can find out about that and how to take ownership, then I'll check back here, thanks for the help!
You are still Limited Administrator and not full power Admin (like Builtin administrator)
(actually Builtin Administrtor not only all powerful user. Tha's just on your Administrator account UAC makes token of limited User for you for security reasons, so system sees you as Limited user in some cases, but anyway it's not important now)

It will help you to take ownership:
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67...ship-file.html it's for vista, but it should work for Windows 7 aswell.
Take Ownership Shortcut

If you want I may write how to do here. But those tutorials explain it better.
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30 Dec 2009   #8
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tedcredted View Post
Hello Jav, when I right click the extracted reg file, it doesn't give me the option to merge like it says, do you happen to know why that is or how I can get it to work? Thank you!
ok, wait I will write some tutorial to you.. 2 mins
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30 Dec 2009   #9
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Now, I suppose you are taking ownership of the folder. yeah?

1. Right click that folder and go to properties.
2. Go to Security Tab and click Advanced (Look At image 1)
3. Go to Owner Tab (look at image 2)
4. Click on Edit (look at image 3) (note: If you are administrator you will be prompted with UAC, if limited user UAC with administrator password)
5. Choose your current account (look at image 4)

And now you are owner.

It will be better before changing you remember who was last owner so you will give ownership back when you are done.

P.S. That registry thing was to automate it, but we can do it manually, can't we?
P.S.1 I know it's rubbish tutorial, but I did it in 3 minutes and I am not that good at this like Brink or Mr GRiM.
P.S.2. for my own privacy reasons I had to cover some names, sorry for that.


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30 Dec 2009   #10
tedcredted

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you so much Jav! I have given myself ownership, but am I correct in that I still have to give myself permission in order to open that particular folder?
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