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Windows 7: restore points deleted etc

07 Jul 2016   #1
tns1

PCs: xp32, 7pro64, 10pro64, Linux
 
 
restore points deleted etc

Win7pro,

Suddenly I find all my restore points deleted, the system protection settings are still there, but the disk allocation is set to 0, and as a suspicious coincidence I cannot download updates. All of this was working properly just a few days ago, so I am looking for the root cause. The system has not been used enough to have a fragmented page file, and malware scans show nothing. Even if I had wanted to do all this, I don't believe there is a single legitimate utility that would do it.


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07 Jul 2016   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

First thing that springs to mind.
Have you just installed any kind of Optimizer program, or swapped Anti-virus.

Roy
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07 Jul 2016   #3
tns1

PCs: xp32, 7pro64, 10pro64, Linux
 
 

Not that I can think of. I may have run the disk cleanup, but it does not show any option to remove restore points.
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07 Jul 2016   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Computer type PC/Desktop
OS xp 32

Are these specs correct
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07 Jul 2016   #5
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Computer type PC/Desktop
OS xp 32

Are these specs correct
Probably are, the first line in the OP does state 7 Pro though.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tns1 View Post
Win7pro,

Suddenly I find all my restore points deleted, the system protection settings are still there, but the disk allocation is set to 0, and as a suspicious coincidence I cannot download updates. All of this was working properly just a few days ago, so I am looking for the root cause. The system has not been used enough to have a fragmented page file, and malware scans show nothing. Even if I had wanted to do all this, I don't believe there is a single legitimate utility that would do it.
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07 Jul 2016   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

I did miss that first line.
Therefore my question was a dumb question for the problem at hand.
I will go away.
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08 Jul 2016   #7
tns1

PCs: xp32, 7pro64, 10pro64, Linux
 
 

This is a 7pro box with an ssd. I did recently activate 10pro on this box but it was on a separate hd which I swapped back for the ssd. I don't see how a swap like this could mess up the original install but I mention it anyway.

Every time drives are swapped, it does a chkdsk, but these were clean.
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08 Jul 2016   #8
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

AHA,
W10 turns OFF system restore by default, although for some strange reason they dont tell anyone.
Now if you then restored back to W7, its possible that the default was dissabled on W7.

Roy
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08 Jul 2016   #9
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM
 
 

Ah,
And the OP has XP in specs.
Dual boot with XP can delete W7 restore points:
System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete
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10 Jul 2016   #10
tns1

PCs: xp32, 7pro64, 10pro64, Linux
 
 

Disks were swapped: only one hd on the system at a time. The upgrade was done on a clone of the orig 7pro. No rollback. The only way I see that the orig 7 pro could be mucked up is if windows updates handles a win10 activated box differently even if it is still running 7, such as intensionally adding quirks to make the experience less desirable. That or a virus. Or?

The orig hd is dual boot with Linux, but i hope that shouldn't matter.
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