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Windows 7: Can't Enable System restore

27 Jan 2010   #1
alme1304

Seven
 
 
Can't Enable System restore

Hello everyone,

so after Winrar stopped working, I decided that I would install 7zip. And after the 7zip didn't work, I decided I would do a system restore, maybe I screwed something up by accident, which broke the context menus( what wasn't working on both programs), but when I tried to do a system restore I was greeted with this message
"system protection is turned off" is disabled and that I have to enable it in order to do a system restore, which is odd because I have always done automatic restore points.

After a couple of google queries I found out how to enable it again, which points me to "system protection", and it shows me that every drive has system restore diabled, but when I try to enable the option "restore system settings and previous versions of files" is grayed out and I can't enable it.

I looked in the Microsoft forums but none of the solutions helped...

any suggestions?


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27 Jan 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You may want to try this Vista and Win7 is the same in this respect.

Using Last Known Good Configuration

Wishing you luck
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27 Jan 2010   #3
derekimo

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Welcome alme1304,
I would try this tutorial,
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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27 Jan 2010   #4
alme1304

Seven
 
 

just tried both, with no luck. The suggestion box it's still open
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27 Jan 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Did you actually check (with vssadmin) whether you have any restore points at all.
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27 Jan 2010   #6
derekimo

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Did you Click on a drive to highlight it then configure.


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27 Jan 2010   #7
alme1304

Seven
 
 

derekimo - yes I've tried that

whs - it didn't say anything, but when I converted the log to a .txt I found this
2010-01-27 20:30:25, Info CSI 0000014a [SR] Verifying 100 (0x00000064) components
2010-01-27 20:30:25, Info CSI 0000014b [SR] Beginning Verify and Repair transaction
2010-01-27 20:30:29, Info CSI 0000014d [SR] Repairing corrupted file [ml:520{260},l:58{29}]"\??\C:\Windows\System32\en-US"\[l:28{14}]"user32.dll.mui" from store
2010-01-27 20:30:29, Info CSI 0000014f [SR] Verify complete


and these other lines
2010-01-27 20:31:59, Info CSI 0000019d [SR] Repairing 1 components
2010-01-27 20:31:59, Info CSI 0000019e [SR] Beginning Verify and Repair transaction
2010-01-27 20:31:59, Info CSI 000001a0 [SR] Repairing corrupted file [ml:520{260},l:58{29}]"\??\C:\Windows\System32\en-US"\[l:28{14}]"user32.dll.mui" from store
2010-01-27 20:31:59, Info CSI 000001a2 [SR] Repair complete
2010-01-27 20:31:59, Info CSI 000001a3 [SR] Committing transaction
2010-01-27 20:31:59, Info CSI 000001a7 [SR] Verify and Repair Transaction completed. All files and registry keys listed in this transaction have been successfully repaired
2010-01-27 20:45:28, Info CSI 00000009 [SR] Verifying 100 (0x00000064) components
2010-01-27 20:45:28, Info CSI 0000000a [SR] Beginning Verify and Repair transaction
2010-01-27 20:45:30, Info CSI 0000000c [SR] Verify complete
I've also tried making restore points via SCRP.exe(small app to make restore points) and through Revo Unistaller, with no luck
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27 Jan 2010   #8
derekimo

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You might want to try a Repair Install
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27 Jan 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

One of these should work:

Click Start then Computer
On the Tools menu Then or Organize Folder Options.
On the View tab, click Show hidden files and folders”.
Clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box. Click Yes when you
are prompted to confirm the change.

Click OK.

Right-click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder, and then click Properties.
If the Read-only attibutes is checked, uncheck it and click, OK
Now try creating a restore point.

Hide the System Files when completed

This error might occurs because the recovery partition is enabled for File Backup or System Restore and is almost full. To work around this, do not select D:\ as a backup source. Also, go to System Protection in Control Panel and make sure that D:\ is not enabled for restore points.

Also try to reboot the Computer in Selective Startup with all the Protection Disabled

Type Services in Start Menu Search Box, hit Enter. Make sure that the Volume Shadow Copy Service is Running and set on Automatic. If the Status of System Restore Service is not Started, Start it. Also set it on Automatic if it is not. A reboot may be required. Reconfirm again, and now try

Reset the Repository.
Boot into Safe Mode without networking and open a command prompt as administrator.
Now Type net stop winmgmt and hit Enter. This will stop the Windows Management Instrumentation Service
Next go to C:\Windows\System32\wbem and rename therepository folder to repository old
Restart.
Now again open a command prompt as administrator, type net stop winmgmt and hit Enter.
Next Type winmgmt /resetRepository and hit Enter.
Restart.Now see if you can create a System Restore Point manually. Hope some of this
helps you.
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27 Jan 2010   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am puzzled !!

alme1304 - those files look like they come from the System File Checker. Looks like it did repair something. I was asking that you run vssadmin list shadows and see whether there are any restore points on your C.

Richard, what is the significance of this in the context ???

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2. This error might occurs because the recovery partition is enabled for File Backup or System Restore and is almost full. To work around this, do not select D:\ as a backup source. Also, go to System Protection in Control Panel and make sure that D:\ is not enabled for restore points.
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