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Windows 7: Defragmenter programs can delete System Restore Points

28 May 2014   #21
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have never had a problem using Windows 7 built in defrag.
I do them manually on spinners. No scheduled.

I'm thinking that s 3rd party defrag don't always remove Restore Points.
The 3rd party defrag just puts them where Windows 7 can't find them. Windows 7 built in defrag knows where Windows 7 wants things on a disk and in which order.

Sometime I just don't get it.
For years people have requested that Microsoft put things in their system like quality defrag and as soon as they put a good one in their system many still want a 3rd party program.

For sure whether it is Windows 7 built in defrag or a 3rd party defrag program we really don't know for sure what its done.
Some will say they defrag the boot, startup, moved things to the outside of of disk ect. but we really don't know.


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28 May 2014   #22
gregrocker

 

From what I read of Bill's research the MS defragger can have this problem too. We need to determine this with certainty to advise consumers best. I may need to change my tutorials to MS defragger perhaps with a caveat to monitor Restore Points after doing only an on-demand defrag. But I could keep advising my preferred Puran and just add the same suggestion. What do you think?

I am loyal to Puran because after Cluberti prescribed a boot time defrag on a slow HD's Startup it cut it from 2 minutes to 1 minute which is one of the most dramatic results I've ever seen from a tool. I later cut other boot times and sped up older hardware using Puran Boot Time defrag after enabling Intelligent Optimizer that moves most-used files to the outer edge of the drive for faster reads.

But if this deletes or hides the restore points it isn't a valuable enough trade-off since that is a consumer's first and often best repair and recovery option.
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28 May 2014   #23
scr

1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I have never had a problem using Windows 7 built in defrag.
I do them manually on spinners. No scheduled.

I'm thinking that s 3rd party defrag don't always remove Restore Points.
The 3rd party defrag just puts them where Windows 7 can't find them. Windows 7 built in defrag knows where Windows 7 wants things on a disk and in which order.

Sometime I just don't get it.
For years people have requested that Microsoft put things in their system like quality defrag and as soon as they put a good one in their system many still want a 3rd party program.

For sure whether it is Windows 7 built in defrag or a 3rd party defrag program we really don't know for sure what its done.
Some will say they defrag the boot, startup, moved things to the outside of of disk ect. but we really don't know.
I used Auslogics for about a year. After the most recent defrag I started getting a "Windows is running Slow - Click here for Details" error. Clicking for details told me nothing. This happened even at idle and showed up every 20 minutes or so. A re boot would resolve the error for about 45 minutes then it would happen every 15 to 20 minutes after the first time all at idle.

I didn't have a clue as to why this was happening. Looking in the Event Viewer I noticed a VSS error on the same day as the Auslogic defrag. I didn't know if it was related to the running slow error or not.

I decided to run the Windows 7 defrag, I figured I couldn't do any more harm at this point and if needed I could restore from my 3 day old backup. Now I'm not one to sit and watch defrag work but because it had been a long time since I used it I decided to keep an eye on it. Watching paint dry comes to mind for the level of excitement. I watched it run none-the-less and it did 8 passes, I don't know if that's normal or not.

This was 5 days ago and I haven't seen the running slow error since and I notice a definite speed improvement in both start up - Boot Duration on 5/22: 97977ms on 5/28: 60409ms. Shut down time improved as well - Shutdown Duration on 5/22: 89445ms on 5/28: 11813ms. I'm not seeing the spinning wheel as often or as long either when starting other programs. All and all a definite improvement. Through this experiment my 10 SR points remained and were unchanged. I use a self imposed delay between certain application start ups at boot using the free standard Startup Delayer Overview | r2 Studios as well as a AV Boot scan.

What you said above "Windows 7 built in defrag knows where Windows 7 wants things on a disk and in which order" makes a lot of sense to me now.
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28 May 2014   #24
gregrocker

 

The error you were receiving is not generated by Windows that I've ever seen, but is most often generated some type of sneakware allowed in during a program or tool install without guarding closely enough to prevent it.

Check your Browser Add-Ons and Search services to make sure nothing is there except Flash, a reader helper and Google in the stable search box with all others precluded. Then check in Control Panel that nothing that you don't use and know is installed, or uninstall it. Finally run a full scan with SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes declining their free trial to use only the on-demand scanner as needed.

I also always run CCleaner before a defrag. Never heard of it deleting Restore points.
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28 May 2014   #25
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ccleaner has the ability to delete restore points, but not by using the clean or reg clean. Its under tools.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The error you were receiving is not generated by Windows that I've ever seen

Agreed
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28 May 2014   #26
scr

1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The error you were receiving is not generated by Windows that I've ever seen, but is most often generated some type of sneakware allowed in during a program or tool install without guarding closely enough to prevent it.

Check your Browser Add-Ons and Search services to make sure nothing is there except Flash, a reader helper and Google in the stable search box with all others precluded. Then check in Control Panel that nothing that you don't use and know is installed, or uninstall it. Finally run a full scan with SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes declining their free trial to use only the on-demand scanner as needed.

I also always run CCleaner before a defrag. Never heard of it deleting Restore points.
I didn't quote the error correctly it should read "Windows has detected slow performance".

Before any backup I use CCleaner, AdwCleaner, JRT, SuperAntiSpyware free, Mbam premium is installed and runs a scan every evening, a full Eset Smart Security AV scan and I did defrag with Auslogics but from now on I'll be using the Win7 defrag utility. I have uninstalled Auslogics. At boot Eset runs a boot scan. So far nothing has been found.

The Windows Running Slow error opened Windows reporting screen but I never tried to use it as previous use leads to a series of troubleshooters that have rarely been useful to the problem at hand. I have had better success in correcting a problem by first searching these forums and then if no luck Goggle the error.
To be on the safe side I ran all of the above again and everything comes up clean. I also checked the Search Services, Installed programs and
Browser add on items, all is in order.

Again, I haven't received the slow performance notification in 5 days.
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28 May 2014   #27
gregrocker

 

Sounds like it might have been the Action Center, so be sure you clear all of the issues there at all times. Action Center, Problems>Solutions reporting, Win7 troubleshooters can all help resolve a problem as given in Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.
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28 May 2014   #28
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1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Sounds like it might have been the Action Center, so be sure you clear all of the issues there at all times. Action Center, Problems>Solutions reporting, Win7 troubleshooters can all help resolve a problem as given in Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.
The only issue in the Action Center is that I have Windows Updates set to download and then notify me for install. I guess I could turn that off but I use it to remind me that I have it set that way.

Since using the Windows Defrag things are running better then ever.

In my previous post I stated that Windows Defrag made 8 passes on my drive, is that normal?

Seems that it's normal. I found that answer over at http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...d-f9aceee44777
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28 May 2014   #29
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Defrag deletes restore points?

Well for most users I reckon it's probably best to stick to the built in Windows 7 defrag tool.

Here's some info from Ultra Defrag (I used this software in the past)

Quotes from the handbook:

It doesn't mention anything about VSS compatible mode but other utilities that I've used in the past warn users to enable it.

UltraDefrag Handbook: Tips and Tricks - 6.0.2

After defragmentation I see my restore points disappeared, what happens?

This is a normal situation when restore points disappear after an intensive disk processing. Windows limits amount of disk space reserved for restore points. When you perform intensive disk processing, Windows tracks changes through system restore, therefore the mentioned limit may be easily exceeded which results in old restore points deletion.

We would recommend to avoid the use of restore points for serious purposes, because Windows can never guarantee that some point saved in the past will be available in the next moment. Use backup software instead.

Performance of UltraDefrag from best to worst

Running at Boot Time
this is the fastest, since there are no other processes running

Running in Safe Mode
here are only a limited number of processes running, which are essential to operate Windows

Running with Anti-virus Software disabled
read and write operations are not interrupted by the AV process

Running when the System is fully used
this is the worst and not recommended at all, since many files are locked by running applications. You should never use this to process entire disks.

Note
You must disable your virus detection software before using UltraDefrag. Any virus scanner running during the defragmentation extremely slows down the process.

Some Anti-virus programs allow to exclude processes from being monitored, if your Anti-virus program supports this, you can use it instead of disabling it completely. You may still encounter slower performance compared to running UltraDefrag at boot or in safe mode.

We recommend to exclude as much files as possible from defragmentation - this will dramatically decrease the defragmentation time. Temporary files and archives are usually rarely accessed and may be left fragmented without a noticeable system performance degradation.


So the only reason that I wanted to post this was to show an opinion from a third party defrag utility provider and not to suggest that it should be used as an alternative to Windows Defrag.

My personal thoughts: I use Puran Defrag as suggested by Greg Rocker but only ever choose the boot defrag option and even then only after disk repair (chkdsk) as I seem to remember reading somewhere that disk errors should be fixed before running third party defrag utilities but I can't find the source of that information at the moment.

I keep System Restore disabled anyway but understand that it comes in handy as a first port of call for some users who experience problems.
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28 May 2014   #30
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

We'd need someone with repeatable SR point deletion to test various products, and see if it causes same result. Just a garden variety degrag, not optimizing/moving defrag. Would Contig cause the same issue as it works differently? If VSS is tracking the changes, then any mass movement of fragments would likely cause the issue, But that obviously can't be the cause alone, perhaps coupled with some unknown variable. I have used defrag programs for years, without ever losing SR points.

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