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Windows 7: Restore Points gone!

03 Nov 2009   #21
fermat

XP home, win7 home premium
 
 

Hi Bertie11
I think you misunderstood what I wrote. I used the ms registry patch, but instead of D I used H.

Boot xp.
When you Start > My Computer , what drive letter is shown for your win7 system? That's the one that you use in the hack.

The downloadable registry update from the vista tutorial contains


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\Offline]
"\\DosDevices\\D:"=dword:00000001


This assumes that win7 is on the D: drive
If your xp sees win7 on the H: drive, you edit it to


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\Offline]
"\\DosDevices\\H:"=dword:00000001


The simplest way is to start Notepad
click on File > open
change Files of Type from Text Documents to All Files
navigate to where you saved Stop_Xp.reg
open Stop_XP
change D: to H: and save


Then
take a restore point
Start > My Computer and navigate to Stop_XP.
Double click on Stop_XP and Regedit will run and apply the change

After you reboot XP, the H drive should be offline.
Double click on its icon should give you an empty window.

OK?


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04 Nov 2009   #22
bertie11

Windows 8.1.1
 
 

Hello fermat. Many thanks for the detailed writeup.
I followed your instructions carefully, I took a restore point in XP, I also looked in Regedit and the Offline key was not there, I then modified the Stop_Xp.reg file in Notepad to show as you described. I clickrd on the (modified) file and I got confirmation that it had been added. I rebooted and looked in Regedit again and the fix 'appeared' to have taken, but what it showed was:
\DosDevices \H: REG_DWORD 0x00000001(1).

Your notes do not show the (1) so I don't know if it is correct or not.
The bottom line is that nothing has changed. When I boot to C:\XP I can still see H:\Win 7 and all it's files and folders, and vice versa.

I went back to the restore point previously created and applied the reg again, but it still won't work. It still showed the (1) as above.
I also applied this reg to my testbed laptop and that worked. The Win 7 partition became Local Disk G and I couldn't access it. It did show the (1) though so I guess it is correct.
I then went back to an earlier XP restore point (yesterday) and tried all over again. Same result, it doesn't work, I can still access Win 7 on H:\
Oh dear.
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04 Nov 2009   #23
fermat

XP home, win7 home premium
 
 

Oh dear, indeed!

Yes, your registry entry is perfectly correct. The (1) should be there.
And the hack works fine on your laptop, which proves that it's a good one. So at least that machine won't give you the same problem anymore.

I can only guess that there's something weird about your desktop, but I can't begin to guess at what it might be. Sorry, but I can't get you any further on this. Hope it hasn't taken too much of your time.
regards
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04 Nov 2009   #24
bertie11

Windows 8.1.1
 
 

Hi fermat

Computers, don't you just love them?
Unfortunately, I do stilll need XP (I was going to ditch it) but my hand-held satnav won't connect to Win 7 using the new Mobile Connection Centre so I need XP still.
But I am very grateful to you for your patience. I still have the option of deleting XP and doing a fresh instal, it may work then. Maybe someone else may have some more suggestions?
Regards
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23 Dec 2009   #25
exis

Win7 & WinXP
 
 

Hello,

I have a dual boot with Win 7 and Win XP.
In "My Computer" of Win XP
C: is the system reserved partition (about 100 Mb)
D: is the partition with Win 7 files
E: is the partition with Win XP files

I followed the guide and managed to hide drive D: so restore points in Win 7 do work
My question is if I can hide drive C: too or there will be problem with Win XP boot.

Thank you
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24 Dec 2009   #26
fermat

XP home, win7 home premium
 
 

Hi exis,
I'm not sure exactly what it is you are asking.

Is C: the reserved partition that was created when you installed win7? (the hidden recovery partition for win7)
If it is, can you 'see' it when you are running XP?

I don't have the recovery partition on my win7, so I need to understand what happens on your box before I can comment.

regards
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24 Dec 2009   #27
exis

Win7 & WinXP
 
 

Hello fermat,
That's right, C: is the reserved partition that was created when I installed win7.
I think this partition is not for recovery perposes but it holds the boot files of Win7. That's why it is only 100 Mb
Of course in Win7 this partition is hidden but WinXP "see" it as drive C:
To be more precise:
I installed XP after Win7 and they gave C: to the reserved partition, D: to the partition that holds the Win7 files and E: is the partition where the XP is installed.
Hiding the drive D: with the registry hack, I fixed the problem with restore points in Win 7. Now I am wondering if I can hide drive C: too so as not to have problems with viruses or this action may cause problems in booting of WinXP.

Thank you
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24 Dec 2009   #28
fermat

XP home, win7 home premium
 
 

Thanks exis,
Now I understand.
Yes you can put C: offline in your XP system. XP is completely self-contained on E: , it does not need anything on C:.

Merry Christmas!
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25 Dec 2009   #29
exis

Win7 & WinXP
 
 

Thank you, fermat
It worked without problem.

Merry Christmas!
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29 Dec 2009   #30
xoral

windows 7 64bit
 
 

That is a load off my mind knowing that because of a dual boot system with xp on another drive it is happening and not some unknown boogie man who comes in the night and messes with my computer. I guess I will create a restore point each time I boot up to windows 7 but the thing that bothers me is that in the process it took out some other files with it. I had 66% of my evet log files missing and some 3.5 gigs of premiere elements extras taken out too.
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