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Windows 7: Why do people not have any System Restore points

12 Apr 2010   #1
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 
Why do people not have any System Restore points

I've seen quite a few posts here and on other forums where people have had Windows 7 installed for a while yet when they open System Restore, there are no available restore points.

It looks like Windows 7 defaults to System Restore not be active.


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12 Apr 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Easy answer, they could have it turned off. By default one week is made. If you had your computer for at least a week make sure that you have the required SR points.

Difficult answer, malfunction, erased points,( unintentionally), or formated. If you format the drive with the SR points, they may be deleted.

Default is once a week. Check your task scheduler.
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12 Apr 2010   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Lots of people believe they don't "need" the "handholding" provided by restore points and they read that they "Slow down the system and create unnecessary" overhead so they turn them off to tweak the most from their machine. Although using them is rare, I find them to be extremely valuable and believe they serve a great purpose. They have always been there for me on my machines.
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12 Apr 2010   #4
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

The default on W7 is for System Restore to be active by default. Here is what I get on my system when I invoke it.

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Why do people not have any System Restore points-capture2.png Why do people not have any System Restore points-capture3.png


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12 Apr 2010   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Don't know the answer. The procedure needs to be simpler for Joe everyday user.

If anyone has just made an install, then they can:
WIN key
type SYSDM.CPL
Enter key
System Protection tab

and then make sure that System Protection is turned on for their System drive.

If anyone has freshly installed, you can do us a favor and verify that system protection is on by default.


Maybe we need to remind them that:
CREATE A RESTORE POINT
START | type Create a Restore | Enter key

RESTORE TO A RESTORE POINT
START | type System Restore | Enter key
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12 Apr 2010   #6
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
I've seen quite a few posts here and on other forums where people have had Windows 7 installed for a while yet when they open System Restore, there are no available restore points.

It looks like Windows 7 defaults to System Restore not be active.
I turned System Restore off. Running an SSD and didn't want to eat up valuable space. I use Acronis to back up every 3 to 4 days.
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12 Apr 2010   #7
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Same here for me Dwarf, I know the first time I looked and only saw a couple of points until I noticed the box that needed ticking to show more, ticked the box and up came the points and plenty of them.
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12 Apr 2010   #8
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

There are quite a few users who turn System Restore off because the don't want it to waste space.
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12 Apr 2010   #9
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
I've seen quite a few posts here and on other forums where people have had Windows 7 installed for a while yet when they open System Restore, there are no available restore points.

It looks like Windows 7 defaults to System Restore not be active.
I turned System Restore off. Running an SSD and didn't want to eat up valuable space. I use Acronis to back up every 3 to 4 days.
I also run Acronis to do backups to an external drive but I certainly wouldn't turn System Restore off, you never know when you might need to just take a step back without having to go the full image restore route.
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12 Apr 2010   #10
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Saving space. To that i say--False economy. If you feel like you've accumulated too many, then by all means choose the clean up option to delete all but the last one.

I'm continually trying various software and software features out. Creating a restore point beforehand has saved me from having to pull out the external drive and do a complete system image restore.

Before any change - hardware or software, I always create a restore point.

Of course, I do have the advantage of years upon years of experience with computers.
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