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Windows 7: Cannot create System Restore Points

04 Feb 2016   #11

Windows 7 64 bit
VSS Failure Solution

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gopher22 View Post
System: Sony Laptop VAIO VGN-Z790DLX, 1 TB HGST HDD, Windows 7 Pro., 4 GB Ram, HDMI Monitor, BD Optical Disk.

An internet search indicates that this is quite a common problem. If one does not want to read all of this same-old same-old, scroll down to my three choices at the bottom of the post.

If I try to manually create one from Control Panel’s System Properties it goes through the motions but I get the error popup saying “The specified object was not found. (0x80042308) Please try again.” All that shows in Control Panel’s System Properties is one from 10/11/2015 and another from 8/16/2015, and these will not delete either. There is never an entry in the Event Log that I can find to indicate any error.

I installed Brink’s “Create Instant Restore Point” shortcut and run it at least once per day. I have it set to run on each startup and also manually when I choose. I checked the Event Log under Windows Logs Application and I see that the startup and manual ones show “Successfully created restore point (Process = C:\Windows\system32\wbem\wmiprvse.exe; Description = Manual Restore Point).” Event ID 8194. However they do not appear in the System Restore window.

However if I manually create one from Control Panel’s System Properties I get the error popup saying “The specified object was not found. (0x80042308) Please try again.” There is never an entry in the Event Log that I can find to indicate any error. Also the manually created ones do not appear in the System Restore window. All that is there is one from 10/11/2015 and another from 8/16/2015, and these will not delete either.

I seem to have three choices.

1. Fix it.

2. ...

3. ...
Today while checking for a solution to a VSS problem which was causing Image creation to fail, I came across this command: "%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe /d srrstr.dll,ExecuteScheduledSPPCreation" so I ran it and hey presto I can now create all the restore points my heart desires.

The next test will be to try and create an image with Macrium Restore first then EaseUs.

I will report back in a few days when I have the results.

Peter B.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Apr 2016   #12

Windows 7 64 bit

I have finally fixed this laptop. It would not create restore points or create images or backups. I had mentioned in earlier posts that I was having a problem with the HDD. Chkdsk was used on several occasions to fix it and recent use of Chkdsk did not find any problems but still I could not create reliable images or backups and could not create restore points.

I ran HD Tune and the Error Scan and Health showed some real problems. I bit the bullet and pulled the HDD and replaced it with an identical one that did have an older (several months old) clone on it. Lit off the laptop and after a system automatic repair everything was back to normal. I copied all of my data which was stored on a desktop PC back onto the laptop and the only thing that did not work was Outlook 2010 due to a damaged pst file. I simply copied it off the desktop PC and then it ran fine.

Thanks to all who helped and advised along the way during these dark times.

PS. I bit a second bullet this week, and purchased a brand new VAIO, made in Japan and sold through MS stores. It is a VAIO Z Canvas Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC, 1TB SSD, 16GB Ram, 12.3-inch WQXGA+ 2560 x 1704 IPS touchscreen, Intel Core i7-4770HQ. I will donate my old Vaio to my wife, it is a lot smaller and lighter than the one she has now. Cost of the new VAIO Z, a hair under $3,000 with 2 year warranty, free overnight shipping, but with Windows 10, yuk. Hopefully there is a Windows 10 Forum I can join?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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