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Windows 7: Unable to activate System Restore

14 Mar 2013   #1
cbiweb

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Unable to activate System Restore

I don't know if this was an issue before installing SP1, but afterward I happened to notice it. I went to Control Panel > System > Advanced system settings > System Properties > System Protection. The list of available drives looked like this:

Quote:
RECOVERY
(F: ) Iomega HDD
(C: ) OS (System)
OS (C: ) (Missing)
The "missing" item is a little odd, but I then did the following:
  • Clicked (C: ) OS (System)
  • Clicked the Configure... button where it says "Configure restore settings, manage disk space, and delete restore points"
  • Chose "Restore system setting and previous versions of files"
  • Moved the "Max Usage" slider to 12%
  • Clicked Apply
And this error popped up:

Quote:
There was an unexpected error in the property page:
The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.
(0x8007007B)

Please close the property page and try again.
I rebooted and tried again, with the same result.

Any idea what's going on?


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14 Mar 2013   #2
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi Cbiweb

Can you upload an image of your disk management

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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14 Mar 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Try this - in an elevated command prompt type or paste this command:

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=12%
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14 Mar 2013   #4
cbiweb

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Try this - in an elevated command prompt type or paste this command:

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=12%
"Successfully resized the shadow copy storage association" - Seems to have worked.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
Hi Cbiweb

Can you upload an image of your disk management
Here you go...
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14 Mar 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Looks like we are making progress. Now if you want to check what restore points you have, the command is:

vssadmin list shadows
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15 Mar 2013   #6
cbiweb

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

Thanks, whs. It's good that I can do those things, at least I know that system restore is working as it should, but now I'd like to find out what's causing the problem as described in my opening post. Any ideas?
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15 Mar 2013   #7
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Interesting you should mention this - I hardly ever look at that, so when I checked, I was surprised to find the same status here.

Monitoring is switched on, but the space allocation is 0 - and attempting to change it gives a 7b error.
Attempting to turn off monitoring gives a 0x8100010b error.

Looking in the Event log (as advised by the 10b error)
gives
Code:
Log Name:      Application
Source:        SPP
Date:          15/03/2013 09:22:11
Event ID:      16388
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      NoelAsus-PC
Description:
Failed to delete shadow copy \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy3 on volume \\?\Volume{2bc8d7d0-2a4c-11e2-8092-806e6f6e6963}\.  VSS error:  The specified object was not found. (0x80042308)  User action Retry the deletion or examine the event log for related VSS entries.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="Error">
  <System>
    <Provider Name="SPP" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="0">16388</EventID>
    <Level>2</Level>
    <Task>0</Task>
    <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2013-03-15T09:22:11.000000000Z" />
    <EventRecordID>37296</EventRecordID>
    <Channel>Application</Channel>
    <Computer>NoelAsus-PC</Computer>
    <Security />
  </System>
  <EventData>
    <Data>\\?\Volume{2bc8d7d0-2a4c-11e2-8092-806e6f6e6963}\</Data>
    <Data>\\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy3</Data>
    <Data>The specified object was not found. (0x80042308)</Data>
    <Binary>0000000043240000212400000000000042BEB7C79AB23D79A6E400000000000000000000</Binary>
  </EventData>
</Event>

I have no problems on this system that I'm aware of - and SP1 was installed 18 months ago.

I'll have a hunt and see if I can work out what's causing this.
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15 Mar 2013   #8
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Hunting through the registry it seems that the GUID referred to relates to drive E: (!) - which does exist on my system, and appears in the System Restore listing as being switched off.

Switching the monitoring of E: on removes the OS (C:) (Missing) entry - switching the monitoring off again seems to have turned the trick :)
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15 Mar 2013   #9
cbiweb

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

Tried your method, NoelDP, but no go. So I switched off monitoring of OS (C:) (Missing), which made it disappear entirely, and now I can set the Max Usage setting with no errors. Very odd. Thanks for the nudge in the right direction.
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15 Mar 2013   #10
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Glad to be of assistance!
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