Hi Shawn -
Just an update on my system restore points problem/question. Nothing here or any other suggestions I found on other forums erased them. A few days ago I finally decided to reformat my HD and reinstall the OS. I first used the Dell Backup and Recovery Manager installed on my machine at the factory. Once everything was finished I checked my restore points. The "Show more restore points" dialog box STILL
had the go-nowhere-do-nothing-restore-points listed from back in Dec '09.
No biggie. I figured maybe something corrupted the Dell Recovery partition and messed up their system image. On to Plan B... reformat the HD, erase everything including the Dell Recovery, reinstall the 7 Pro from the official Microsoft disk. Problem solved. All restore points from Dec '09 forward were erased. BUT... Attachment 75272 Attachment 75273
The original problem still exists. I can erase all restore points by turning System Protection off. The go-nowhere-do-nothing-restore-points in the "Show more restore points" dialog box have returned, starting with the first restore point I created on May 25 after reinstalling from the MS disk. Windows Backup is NOT set up so I don't think these can be "backup" restore points.
I think my machine is possessed. What other explanation is there?