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Windows 7: Viewing Windows System Restore Points

11 Feb 2010   #11
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I think what you are referring to can be enabled easily. Go to task scheduler, click on action menu and then enable all tasks. I have also provided information about system restore that can be found in our excellent tutorial provided by our own Brink.

System Restore Task - Change Automatic Restore Point Schedule - Vista Forums


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11 Feb 2010   #12
richc46

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Be sure to post back and let us know how you made out with the system restore history.

One point that is not commonly known, but I found out by hit and miss. If you have System Restore set up to make a point once a week and a day or so before that time, you make a manual restore point or a point is made for any reason, the scheduled restore point will be delayed until the following week. When I had my prior OS, Vista, I thought that the system was not operating properly, but found out, via the Vista Forum, that what I was experiencing was a built in feature. I am just trying to save you some potentially time comsuming leg work in the future.
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11 Feb 2010   #13
ralphjramirez

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The easiest way to see the system restore points is via elevated Command Prompt.

1. for the whole restore point storage area (shadowstorage), use this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

2. To see all restore points, use this command:

vssadmin list shadows
Hello, I am assuming the command is issued in the windows start command line so that is where I entered both commands. What I get is a quick popup window that goes away immediately, so fast I can't determine what it refers to. Am I doing something wrong?

Thank you.............Ralph
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11 Feb 2010   #14
ralphjramirez

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Be sure to post back and let us know how you made out with the system restore history.

One point that is not commonly known, but I found out by hit and miss. If you have System Restore set up to make a point once a week and a day or so before that time, you make a manual restore point or a point is made for any reason, the scheduled restore point will be delayed until the following week. When I had my prior OS, Vista, I thought that the system was not operating properly, but found out, via the Vista Forum, that what I was experiencing was a built in feature. I am just trying to save you some potentially time comsuming leg work in the future.
Thank you Richard. I am still trying to find out if History needs to be enabled and if so how? I noticed when changing the daily restore to weekly that History was disabled.

Thanks again..............Ralph
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11 Feb 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ralphjramirez View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The easiest way to see the system restore points is via elevated Command Prompt.

1. for the whole restore point storage area (shadowstorage), use this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

2. To see all restore points, use this command:

vssadmin list shadows
Hello, I am assuming the command is issued in the windows start command line so that is where I entered both commands. What I get is a quick popup window that goes away immediately, so fast I can't determine what it refers to. Am I doing something wrong?

Thank you.............Ralph
No, not in the start. In an elevated Command Prompt. I did say that - just have to read. Here are detailed instructions:

How to run Command Prompt (cmd)

Cmd needs to be run in elevated mode (as administrator). We want to avoid the need to set it to elevated mode every time we use it. Therefore we will make a permanent setting. These are the steps:

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories
Right click on Command Prompt and go to Properties
Click on Advanced and check the box that says Run as Administrator
OK> Apply>OK (do not forget the Apply-else it will not be set)

From now on, cmd will always run in elevated mode. I also suggest to make a shortcut of cmd. In Accessories, right click again and either Send to Desktop or Pin to Start Menu or Pin to Taskbar.
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11 Feb 2010   #16
ralphjramirez

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ralphjramirez View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The easiest way to see the system restore points is via elevated Command Prompt.

1. for the whole restore point storage area (shadowstorage), use this command:

vssadmin list shadowstorage

2. To see all restore points, use this command:

vssadmin list shadows
Hello, I am assuming the command is issued in the windows start command line so that is where I entered both commands. What I get is a quick popup window that goes away immediately, so fast I can't determine what it refers to. Am I doing something wrong?

Thank you.............Ralph
No, not in the start. In an elevated Command Prompt. I did say that - just have to read. Here are detailed instaructions:

How to run Command Prompt (cmd)

Cmd needs to be run in elevated mode (as administrator). We want to avoid the need to set it to elevated mode every time we use it. Therefore we will make a permanent setting. These are the steps:

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories
Right click on Command Prompt and go to Properties
Click on Advanced and check the box that says Run as Administrator
OK> Apply>OK (do not forget the Apply-else it will not be set)

From now on, cmd will always run in elevated mode. I also suggest to make a shortcut of cmd. In Accessories, right click again and either Send to Desktop or Pin to Start Menu or Pin to Taskbar.
I'm sorry but although I read what you said I didn't understand it, I'm not technical so please bear with me. I did as you suggested and of course both commands worked. I could see my restore points and the amount of storage allocated/used by the restore points. I also enabled all history actions as you suggested and the History tab is now enabled.

Thank you so very much. Your help, and patience, has saved some of the few hairs I have left.

Best Wishes..............Ralph
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11 Feb 2010   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Ralph, you are welcome. Did not mean to play rough. But many times people don't read what one posts. If there is something that you do not understand, it is fair to come back and ask.
But regarding the info you get from the 2 cmd commands: the important number is the allocated. That tells you how much space vss has currently taken. Then maximum will tell you how much vss will ultimately take before it reuses the space. The used number is of minor interest.
When you listed the shadows, you just have to count them. But make sure you count the ones of the same disk/partition - e.g. C. That is in case you have restore points enabled on more than 1 partition/disk.
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11 Feb 2010   #18
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
I think what you are referring to can be enabled easily. Go to task scheduler, click on action menu and then enable all tasks. I have also provided information about system restore that can be found in our excellent tutorial provided by our own Brink.

System Restore Task - Change Automatic Restore Point Schedule - Vista Forums
Ralph try the above, you should be able to enable history.
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11 Feb 2010   #19
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Thank you for the kind words and rep. It was really a pleasure working with you.
Think of us as your second family, now. Come back use our knowledge or share yours. Have a great day.
Richard
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11 Feb 2010   #20
ralphjramirez

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Ralph, you are welcome. Did not mean to play rough. But many times people don't read what one posts. If there is something that you do not understand, it is fair to come back and ask.
But regarding the info you get from the 2 cmd commands: the important number is the allocated. That tells you how much space vss has currently taken. Then maximum will tell you how much vss will ultimately take before it reuses the space. The used number is of minor interest.
When you listed the shadows, you just have to count them. But make sure you count the ones of the same disk/partition - e.g. C. That is in case you have restore points enabled on more than 1 partition/disk.
Now to show my real ignorance. What is shadows"???.....Ralph
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