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Windows 7: System Restore doesn't work


07 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 (64 bit)
 
 
System Restore doesn't work

My Win 7 was installed in February 2010 and at first I could use System Restore without problems. However, after some time it stopped working due to unknown reasons and now when I try to do a System Restore it looks as if it is going to be OK, but when it restarts I see the following error message:

Quote:
System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer's system files and settings were not changed.


Details:

System Restore failed while mounting the registry from the restore point. An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x800703f1)

You can try System Restore again and choose a different restore point. If you continue to see this error, you can try advanced recovery method. For more information, see What is Recovery?

I tried to fix it by doing the following things:

1) Perform SFC /SCANNOW

it returns the following message:

Quote:
Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.

Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.
Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of th
em.
Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example
C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log
and nothing gets better regarding System Restore.

2) Do System Restore from Safe Mode:

This doesn't help at all, i.e. it returns the same message as always. "Repair Windows Install" option does not help either.

3) I tried to uninstall my antivirus program (Avira Antivir) because I read somewhere that antivirus programs can cause this error with system restore. Unfortunately it didn't help.

Does someone have an idea what I can do to enable System Restore again on my Win 7? I have a rather unpleasant problem with media files described in this thread and I'd hate to have to do a clean install of Windows 7 because of it alone.

All suggestions and help are welcome.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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07 Jun 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Entheogenic View Post
My Win 7 was installed in February 2010 and at first I could use System Restore without problems. However, after some time it stopped working due to unknown reasons and now when I try to do a System Restore it looks as if it is going to be OK, but when it restarts I see the following error message:

Quote:
System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer's system files and settings were not changed.


Details:

System Restore failed while mounting the registry from the restore point. An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x800703f1)

You can try System Restore again and choose a different restore point. If you continue to see this error, you can try advanced recovery method. For more information, see What is Recovery?
I tried to fix it by doing the following things:

1) Perform SFC /SCANNOW

it returns the following message:

Quote:
Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.

Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.
Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of th
em.
Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example
C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log
and nothing gets better regarding System Restore.

2) Do System Restore from Safe Mode:

This doesn't help at all, i.e. it returns the same message as always. "Repair Windows Install" option does not help either.

3) I tried to uninstall my antivirus program (Avira Antivir) because I read somewhere that antivirus programs can cause this error with system restore. Unfortunately it didn't help.

Does someone have an idea what I can do to enable System Restore again on my Win 7? I have a rather unpleasant problem with media files described in this thread and I'd hate to have to do a clean install of Windows 7 because of it alone.

All suggestions and help are welcome.

If sfc is saying it cant fix files, and repair install doesnt help you may be forced to do a clean install and hope one of the backups will work

Ken
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Not clear to me what you mean by this:

Quote:
2) Do System Restore from Safe Mode:

This doesn't help at all, i.e. it returns the same message as always. "Repair Windows Install" option does not help either.

Did you try a "Repair Install".

That is the same as an in place upgrade install.

As described here: Repair Install
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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07 Jun 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Windows system restore has always been an iffy function. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. Apart from the know problem with Norton in previous releases, I have never been able to get to the bottom of the problem. I therefore highly recommend to do frequent imaging - e.g. with free Macrium. That has never failed me in several dozen live recoveries (for real or for test and demo).
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07 Jun 2010   #5

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Windows system restore has always been an iffy function. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. Apart from the know problem with Norton in previous releases, I have never been able to get to the bottom of the problem. I therefore highly recommend to do frequent imaging - e.g. with free Macrium. That has never failed me in several dozen live recoveries (for real or for test and demo).

+1 Forewarned is forearmed....
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07 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2
Not clear to me what you mean by this:

Quote:
2) Do System Restore from Safe Mode:

This doesn't help at all, i.e. it returns the same message as always. "Repair Windows Install" option does not help either.

Well, I meant that when you turn on the PC and hold down F8 you can choose the first option (System Repair) which gets you into some sort of menu with 5 options. One of these options is System Restore. Others include memory check, command prompt and others. The whole thing looks like it has to be some sort of Safe Mode.

I tried System Restore from this menu and it didn't make any difference for my problem. (I get the same error after system restore is run from here but without the restart step - I think it merely logs off and on.)


Quote:
Did you try a "Repair Install".

That is the same as an in place upgrade install.

As described here: Repair Install

No, actually I didn't try that yet. I will try tomorrow and hopefully it will fix this issue.
Thank you for the suggestion!
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10 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 (64 bit)
 
 

Something weird happened. About 3 days ago, I put the DVD with the windows 7 installation in my DVD ROM drive, left it in there for several hours... and the problem with the buzzing sound during media playback disappeared on its own.

How could this be? Unless Windows "knew" what it needed to find on the installation disc, I can't see how it could fix this issue?

I didn't start the repair procedure (yet). I don't know if the System Restore issue is now resolved as well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jun 2010   #8
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Entheogenic View Post
Something weird happened. About 3 days ago, I put the DVD with the windows 7 installation in my DVD ROM drive, left it in there for several hours... and the problem with the buzzing sound during media playback disappeared on its own.

How could this be? Unless Windows "knew" what it needed to find on the installation disc, I can't see how it could fix this issue?

I didn't start the repair procedure (yet). I don't know if the System Restore issue is now resolved as well.
Uuh!!

You stressed Windows 7 so scared to be reinstall, it swapped to non-buzzing sound media playback! The only probs that none will never know your real issue!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Entheogenic View Post
Something weird happened. About 3 days ago, I put the DVD with the windows 7 installation in my DVD ROM drive, left it in there for several hours... and the problem with the buzzing sound during media playback disappeared on its own.

How could this be? Unless Windows "knew" what it needed to find on the installation disc, I can't see how it could fix this issue?

I didn't start the repair procedure (yet). I don't know if the System Restore issue is now resolved as well.
Uuh!!

You stressed Windows 7 so scared to be reinstall, it swapped to non-buzzing sound media playback! The only probs that none will never know your real issue!


Well, I am certainly not "scared" to reinstal Windows 7 (I was the one who installed it on this PC in the first place after all). It's just a hassle.

But these two problems are really the main reason I was conteplating a Win 7 reinstall: buzzing sound in all media players and System Restore not working.

Media files (sound and video) ARE important to me because editing media files is my main job.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jun 2010   #10
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Entheogenic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Entheogenic View Post
Something weird happened. About 3 days ago, I put the DVD with the windows 7 installation in my DVD ROM drive, left it in there for several hours... and the problem with the buzzing sound during media playback disappeared on its own.

How could this be? Unless Windows "knew" what it needed to find on the installation disc, I can't see how it could fix this issue?

I didn't start the repair procedure (yet). I don't know if the System Restore issue is now resolved as well.
Uuh!!

You stressed Windows 7 so scared to be reinstall, it swapped to non-buzzing sound media playback! The only probs that none will never know your real issue!


Well, I am certainly not "scared" to reinstal Windows 7 (I was the one who installed it on this PC in the first place after all). It's just a hassle.

But these two problems are really the main reason I was conteplating a Win 7 reinstall: buzzing sound in all media players and System Restore not working.

Media files (sound and video) ARE important to me because editing media files is my main job.
I didn't meant you are "Scared"!!! Windows 7 was! and repaired himself!
Nice job editing is, by the way!
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