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Windows 7: Troubles with System Restore/System Protection

10 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64
Troubles with System Restore/System Protection

My Toshiba Notebook (x64) (running Windows 7) has stopped being able to open/run programs. I've been using safe mode to try and find a cure, and safe mode works fine. I ran a few antivirus programs that detected a few things, but none of them solved this issue. Using System Restore seems to be the only thing I can really do, but I've been having some troubles with it.

Only one System Restore point shows up, and it's only from a few days ago, which isn't far back enough to fix my problem (I've already tried restoring it to that point). There are no other options as you can see here and here.

I tried to create my own restore point, but ran into some problems. When I go into "System" the "System Protection" option is missing. I only have these three options:

When I use the search bar to find it instead, "Create a restore point" comes up, but when I click and it opens System Properties, the "System Protection" tab is missing.

When I looked it up, someone had suggested running Regedit and checking HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore\DisableSR but I couldn't get that far.

If anyone could help me out, it would be greatly appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Mar 2013   #2

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Hello esu and welcome to Seven Forums.

Have you verified that System Protection is turned on? (If it is, try turning it off, restarting the computer, turning it back on, and restarting the computer one more time.)

System Protection - Turn On or Off

See if you can manually create a restore point.

System Restore Point - Create

If not, your computer may have damaged or corrupt sytem files. Try running a system file checker scan from an elevated command prompt (option two.) If problems are found, run the scan 3 times and make sure to reboot the computer immediately after each of the scans.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 7 x64

Well, I can't check if System Protection is on or off, because the option to view it has seemingly disappeared. When I get to step 3 of that tutorial, I'm stuck because the "System Protection" link isn't there. (There's a screenshot in the first post)

I've run the scan three times and each time it says "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations."
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11 Mar 2013   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Then you might want to consider jumping straight to a Repair Install. This will attempt to repair your Windows 7 while preserving your user accounts, data, programs, system drivers, etc. The repair install takes about an hour to run. After it's finished you'll have to reinstall Windows Updates which could take more than an hour.

Repair Install
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19 Mar 2013   #5

Windows 7 x64

Alright, thank you for the help!
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