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Windows 7: System restore points missing/deleted

14 Dec 2009   #21
GabRieL

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whoosh7 View Post
Yes i did a full new custom install from the original Win 7 disk and chose the option to format my boot/Win7 partition beforehand
I did a windows easy transfer first to another partition to keep a lot of my stuff and transferred it back
I only had about 25 programmes to re-install :-( and re-configure
My restore points now remain. With less space set aside for them too!
Okay i understand your first part where you did a full new custom install as I tried that and it didn't work...now what I didn't do and I don't understand either is what u mean by "and chose the option to format my boot/Win7 partition beforehand." What does that mean exactly? Where along the custom install do your chose the option to format the boot/Win7 partition beforehand?


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14 Dec 2009   #22
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

When you see the screen with partitions asking where you want to install.

Click Drive Options(advanced)
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14 Dec 2009   #23
GabRieL

Microsoft Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
When you see the screen with partitions asking where you want to install.

Click Drive Options(advanced)
I only have one hard drive in my computer so ill take this in literal steps...once I click Drive Options(advanced), what do I do then? Thx for your help btw.

These are the steps I'm looking at to help me.
http://www.techtalkz.com/windows-7/5...-tutorial.html
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14 Dec 2009   #24
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Click the partition you want to format (to highlight it), then click Format.

After that, make sure the partition you want to install to is highlighted , then click Next to start the installation.
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14 Dec 2009   #25
GabRieL

Microsoft Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Click the partition you want to format (to highlight it), then click Format.

If it is already Unallocated Space, click New instead ( that means create new partition). Select the size you want it to be, click Apply.


After that, make sure the partition you want to install to is highlighted , then click Next to start the installation.
Okay as it stands if I get to this part and it only shows one partition in the list(my hard drive), which is my 250GB Seagate, i should NOT have to click new correct?...all your telling me to do is to click format and then next...see when I originally installed windows 7 i didn't click format i only hit next...what does clicking "Format" do? And again this is what whoosh did to fix his system restore problem like I am trying to fix...so it might work?
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14 Dec 2009   #26
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If the drive is already partitioned ( it might all be just one partition ) - you don't need to click New - in fact you can't unless there is Unallocated space.

If you don't format the partition , the data currently on there will be shoved into a folder called Windows.old.

If you format , it will be a clean install.
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14 Dec 2009   #27
GabRieL

Microsoft Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If the drive is already partitioned ( it might all be just one partition ) - you don't need to click New - in fact you can't unless there is Unallocated space.

If you don't format the partition , the data currently on there will be shoved into a folder called Windows.old.

If you format , it will be a clean install.
WHAT!!!! LOL I thought you only had to hit custom install to get a clean install of windows 7...thx dude I never knew that...

So here are the steps Im going to take if u don't mind reviewing them
1. I click Custom Install
2. Then Highlight drive I want and click "Drive Options(advanced)"
3. Then Highlight the drive I want again and click "Format" (to do a CLEAN install)
4. Then once i click "Format" I click "Next" and take it from there.

Thx alot for your help I think this might fix the problem! Oh one other question, Im gonna do this tomorrow and I was wondering do you recommend to install windows updates first before installing motherboard/video card drivers, etc?
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14 Dec 2009   #28
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes.

Mobo drivers should be installed by 7.

Look in device manager and see any yellow exclamation marks - they will need drivers.

If you have an up to date video card driver - install it and your antivirus ( most of the Team here use Avast Home free Edition ) before windows updates.

http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

When you have 7 setup the way you like, make an image of the 7 partition ( and the system reserved partition ). Store it preferably externally, but another partition is better than nothing.

Make another image periodically - you can restore that to save reinstalling and setting it all up again , if you ever get into trouble.

It can be done with windows own System Image Utility, but the free version of Macrium Reflect is better.

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

How to create a disk image with Macrium Reflect

How to create the Macrium Linux rescue CD

How to recover your PC using the Linux rescue CD
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14 Dec 2009   #29
GabRieL

Microsoft Windows 7
 
 

okay thx for your help...ill let u know tomorrow how it worked out! I use AVG 9.0 is that one good and how do I make an image of the 7 partition using windows 7 software?
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14 Dec 2009   #30
gregrocker

 

AVG is not as lean as it once was. Avast is much lighterweight but just as effective free solution.

Type backup in start search box and "Create a System Image" to save externally and/or in a primary formatted partition on another HD. Make the offered System Repair CD to use if you ever need to reimage the HD or a replacement, or use your Win7 DVD repair console.

(I'm only answering because I know SIW2 doesn't like WIn7 backup imaging, which we use on 6 of 7 computers here )
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