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Windows 7: System Restore not holding restore points

13 Mar 2011   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Ted, what do you regard as a "more realistic size"?


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13 Mar 2011   #12
prossv

Windows 7 Home
 
 

Reset space to 20GB, then had inspiration to turn off System Restore.

Rebooted, then turned it on and tried again.

Samo, samo. It said it created a point, but did not show up in SR or vssadmin list shadows
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13 Mar 2011   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is indeed puzzling. I have to think.

In the meantime make a check whether the shadowstorage is really defined. Use.

vssadmin list shadowstorage
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13 Mar 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Ted, what do you regard as a "more realistic size"?
Hello mate.


I keep mine at 4GB and I have it creating a new point once a day and there are 13 restore points present, one a day for the last 2 weeks, as new ones are created the older ones are removed.

If there's a need to do a system restore it is usually for something that just happened, thus not needing a point from a month ago.

Truly, as points age they are less reliable and I don't see a need to accumulate more than a couple weeks' worth; not-to-mention, why waste all that storage space.
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13 Mar 2011   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Sounds like a viable strategy. I rely more on my images anyhow. But on the Data Partition I like to have many restore points because I have the habit of deleting stuff that should have stayed - LOL.
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13 Mar 2011   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

@Prossv, would you pleas run another command:

vssadmin list writers

and see whether any writers are listed with errors. You find that here (see pic)


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13 Mar 2011   #17
prossv

Windows 7 Home
 
 

11 writers. All stable w no errors.


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13 Mar 2011   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Huh, terrible black cmd window. Maybe you want to change that:

But back to your problem. I am out of ideas now. Have to think harder - LOL.
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13 Mar 2011   #19
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Prossv,

Are you using any programs like CCleaner after creating the restore point that has an option to delete restore points.

Are you dual booting with XP? There is a known issue with XP deleting Windows 7 and Vista restore points everytime XP is started up in a multiboot setup.

For now, you might see if running a SFC /SCANNOW command may be able to find and fix any corrupted system files that may a cause of this. If errors are found, then you may need to run SFC and restart a few times to fix them all.

Afterwards, create a restore point, then see if it is listed in System Protection (step 7 at this link) after restarting the computer.
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14 Mar 2011   #20
prossv

Windows 7 Home
 
 

This is a fresh installl of Windows 7 home. No CCleaner. Only McAfee Security Center (out of desperation, I added System Restore to trusted programs)

No Dual boot.

Is there a difference between SFC /Scannow and file checking initiated on the C: drive in Windows explorer? (under Properties > Tools)

I ran that and found almost nothing. See the details below.

Tried again and still no restore points.

The odd thing here is that I'm getting the same prob after a re-install of Windows 7 from the Gateway recovery disk. Maybe a problem with the original image/install?



Code:
 
Log Name: Application
Source: Microsoft-Windows-Wininit
Date: 3/13/2011 11:24:59 PM
Event ID: 1001
Task Category: None
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: GATEWAYDESKTOP
Description:
 
Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is Gateway.
A disk check has been scheduled.
Windows will now check the disk. 
CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
212992 file records processed. 
File verification completed.
81 large file records processed. 
0 bad file records processed. 
0 EA records processed. 
60 reparse records processed. 
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
260956 index entries processed. 
Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned. 
0 unindexed files recovered. 
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
212992 file SDs/SIDs processed. 
Cleaning up 525 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 525 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 525 unused security descriptors.
Security descriptor verification completed.
23983 data files processed. 
CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
37599688 USN bytes processed. 
Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
212976 files processed. 
File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
222111355 free clusters processed. 
Free space verification is complete.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.
963025919 KB total disk space.
74152704 KB in 148379 files.
81776 KB in 23984 indexes.
40 KB in bad sectors.
345979 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
888445420 KB available on disk.
4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
240756479 total allocation units on disk.
222111355 allocation units available on disk.
Internal Info:
00 40 03 00 57 a1 02 00 44 a4 04 00 00 00 00 00 .@..W...D.......
5c 00 00 00 3c 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 \...<...........
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
Windows has finished checking your disk.
Please wait while your computer restarts.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="Error">
<System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Wininit" Guid="{206f6dea-d3c5-4d10-bc72-989f03c8b84b}" EventSourceName="Wininit" />
<EventID Qualifiers="16384">1001</EventID>
<Version>0</Version>
<Level>4</Level>
<Task>0</Task>
<Opcode>0</Opcode>
<Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2011-03-14T04:24:59.000000000Z" />
<EventRecordID>1607</EventRecordID>
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID="0" ThreadID="0" />
<Channel>Application</Channel>
<Computer>GATEWAYDESKTOP</Computer>
<Security />
</System>
<EventData>
<Data>
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