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Windows 7: System Restore Fails

12 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
System Restore Fails

Hi, guys

My system is Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit, newly bought on a new computer.

I tried a system restore to undo an installation of an incompatible program that wouldn't
uninstall – I had anticipated trouble, so I had prepared a specific restore point for that.

The operation seemed to go well, with plenty of encouraging messages, until after completion of the
restart process. Then, when Windows was up and all seemed fine, an error message appeared:
System Restore did not complete successfully. System files and
settings were not changed.

System Restore could not access a file, probably because an anti-virus
program is running …

… you can try advanced recovery method.

I tried again, this time with the AVG anti-virus fully removed – same result.
I tried a previous restore point – same result.

I'd appreciate any help, thank you.

P.S.: I'm aware of the numerous past similar threads in this forum, but I didn’t find any with a
happy ending. Maybe this time I'll get untypically lucky.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Aug 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

There is no happy ending. System restore is iffy and if it decides not to work, that seems to be it. You could try another restore point.

For the future, I suggest you make an image with free Macrium or free Paragon. That is the only way to create a safe fall-back.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 sp1

Try to restore in Safe Mode (press F8 while booting). And this tutorial might be helpful: System Restore
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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