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Windows 7: Maybe the answer to 99% of my many problems?


31 May 2012   #1
grits

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Maybe the answer to 99% of my many problems?

I've never set up a PC before until this one. (Old one was set up by the tech at the shop where I bought it.)

So, I just assumed everything would work, never thought about having to 'configure' anything. That's where I'm lost 'cuz computer terminology is beyond me. For example, when I realized that I haven't had any 'automatic' restore points, I went into Task Schedular but it looked like it was set for wee hours of morning so left PC on over night but still nothing. So just a bit ago was searching forum for SR when I got a popup from IE, took a screen shot then re-booted, took a peek at Event Viewer & now am about 90 seconds from throwing this thing out the window.

I know I'm gonna get my fanny chewed for not posting a specific problem to a specific area but am so flustered I don't know if I'm coming or going.


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31 May 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Can you manually make a restore point?

I think the bare minimum "automatic" restore points are quite infrequent. Maybe once a week if one is not otherwise made.

I rarely if ever make a manual restore point, but seem to have 2 or 3 new ones every week--done by Windows automatically as a result of updates.

You shouldn't have to deal with Task Scheduler at all regarding restore points.
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31 May 2012   #3
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

How do you know that there are no restore points?

You can check to make sure System Restore is turned on for the drives you want: Go to Control Panel -> System -> System Protection (left panel towards the top).

As mentioned by ignatzatsonic, it appears points are created automatically less frequently than prior versions of Windows. The default seems to me to be once a week (unless updating/installing forces one).

There's a place in the regisistry where you can do much more customization of its behavior.
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31 May 2012   #4
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Yeah most restore points are made before installing software or updates. At least with software that uses the Microsoft installer engine. Otherwise you Just make them yourself at points you determine to be a "Stable" configuration.

I don;t think you want to make them all that often as there are only so many and you may roll good restore points off the queue too fast by doing it every night for example.

To see how to create a manual restore point, type "Create a restore point" into the start menu search box...
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31 May 2012   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You can use an elevated command prompt to establish what's happening to system restore.

Click Start and type cmd in the Search box.

Right-click cmd under Programs and choose Run as Administrator and accept the UAC prompt.

Type these commands and press Enter after each one to run it.

Vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=2GB
Reduces the Shadow Storage to specified amount, choose any amount up to a maximum of 15% of your drive space

Vssadmin List ShadowStorage
Lista maximum storage allocated for restore points

Vssadmin List Shadows
Lists all restore points already written

Vssadmin List Allocated
Lists used storage to date
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01 Jun 2012   #6
grits

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I've caused myself confusion here because I'm getting replies about System Restore both here & in my other thread titled 'System Restore not working'. My bad!! I don't know if/how to split the SR from this thread & just keep this one to "was I supposed to 'configure' every file, folder, program, whatevers, in my PC? I bought it in Feb. but have seen a few places in here where some things were done sometime last year.

I will try to reply to the 4 posts already here.
I can & have manually made 1 or 2 myself besides the ones made by MS Updates & there's a couple from something I downloaded or uninstalled.
SR is found in Task Scheduler.
CCleaner Tools shows a list of points made.
I did the vssadmin yesterday.
I do have more to say about SR but will do so in my other thread.

Thank you.
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01 Jun 2012   #7
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So is this thread dead? Or are you still trying to get answers on:
Quote:
I don't know if/how to split the SR from this thread & just keep this one to "was I supposed to 'configure' every file, folder, program, whatevers, in my PC?
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01 Jun 2012   #8
cluberti

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Also be aware that having a large number of restore points is likely to cause performance issues (there's even a hotfix for that on Win7 SP1).
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03 Jun 2012   #9
grits

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing View Post
So is this thread dead? Or are you still trying to get answers on:
Quote:
I don't know if/how to split the SR from this thread & just keep this one to "was I supposed to 'configure' every file, folder, program, whatevers, in my PC?
I wish I could kill it & post properly: just one issue at a time.

I'm still wondering about configuring but would prefer that any System Restore posts go to my other thread.

Thanks.
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03 Jun 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I'm still wondering about configuring
Configuring what?
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