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Windows 7: Previous Versions doesn't work (System restore)

01 Jun 2010   #11
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Here is a good write up on Administrative Shares in Windows 7.


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04 Jun 2010   #12
trogne

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hello,
Tuneup was uninstalled.
And I follow the " Administrative Shares in Windows 7." instructions.
Still no "previous versions".
Please, how can I make "previous versions" work again?
Patrick
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20 Jun 2010   #13
trogne

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

It's turned on for C:
Not work. What can I do?
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21 Jun 2010   #14
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Did you follow all 3 steps, including leaving the homegroup?

If you open a Command Prompt and type net share what response do you get. On my Win 7 Pro system, I show an Administrative share for each partition, C: through G:

C$ C:\ Default share
D$ D:\ Default share
E$ E:\ Default share
F$ F:\ Default share
G$ G:\ Default share
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22 Jun 2010   #15
trogne

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I followed all the steps.
Here's what I got for cmd net share.
Is that normal?


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23 Jun 2010   #16
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

No, you are missing the default share for your C: (boot) drive.

Have you seen this MS article yet? Some possibilities there:

Overview of problems that may occur when administrative shares are missing
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24 Jun 2010   #17
trogne

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

The article it doesn't help.
Any other idea how I can get net share back for C$?
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25 Jun 2010   #18
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

No, I'm sorry but I don't know what else to do. Hopefully someone else has some ideas.
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26 Sep 2010   #19
trogne

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I'm still waiting to know how I can make "previous versions" work on my pc.
Any new idea?
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17 Jun 2011   #20
bethel95

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Previous Versions are now working!

I'm happy to report that using the info from the two articles reference previously in this thread have enabled Restore Previous Versions (RPV) on my system. I'm going to try to lay this out for everyone, but realize that since I tried all of the suggested solutions, my summary may not represent the shortest path.

First, my relevant system specs (in case yours are different and this doesn't work, we may have a clue why):
  • Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 with all recommended patches installed (per Patch Watch)
  • File and printer sharing on (which may be important)
  • HomeGroup connections off (which may be important); I.e., set to "Use user accounts and passwords..."
The key does seem to be that network shares (aka administrative shares or disk shares) must be enabled for RPV to work.

Here's my best guess at the simplest troubleshooting and resolution process:
  1. Open the Computer Management control panel; expand System Tools\Shared Folders\ and select Shares.
  2. You should see something like this, where all of your logical drives are present in the center-panel list with the "$" behind them:

    If you already see that "shares" exist for all of your logical drives: You can try going to the Network & Sharing control panel, selecting "Change advanced sharing settings," and verifying that "File and printer sharing" is on and "HomeGroup connections" is set to "Use user accounts..." (assuming that you're willing to live with those settings). After making any necessary changes, restart Windows, cross your fingers, and retry Restore Previous Versions from any logical drive that has System Protection enabled.
    If you already had those settings in place, skip to step 7.
    Otherwise, continue with step 3.
  3. Go to the Microsoft Support article "Overview of problems that may occur when administrative shares are missing".
    Note: This article has a lot of scary things to say about possible malware infections; don't necessary assume that this is your problem. If following all the remaining steps in thie procedure doesn't restore your disk shares, however, you may want to consider this possibility and follow the recommended actions for detecting and removing malware infections.
  4. Scroll down to the "Resolution" section.
  5. Under "To verify whether a computer is affected by this issue...," follow steps 1 and 2.
  6. After rebooting, restart the Computer Management control panel; expand System Tools\Shared Folders\ and select Shares.
    If your disk shares now exist, retry Restore Previous Versions from any logical drive that has System Protection enabled.
    If your disk shares still don't exist, or if they do, but RPV still doesn't work, continue with step 7 of this procedure.
  7. Disclaimer: I cannot vouch for the helpfulness of this step (but I did it, so it may help you).
    Go to the blog article "Administrative Shares In Windows 7" and complete the second procedure (just below the ; what he confusingly calls "step 2") and restart Windows; note that you've already done everything else that he recommends.
Hopefully, if you've gotten this far, RPV is now working for you.

Why shares were turned off on my system to begin with is beyond me. Perhaps some other third-party utility that I've installed turned them off (I'll be looking for a consequential malfunction) or else a decision I made during the initial Windows 7 install is at fault (I did my own clean install on a bare drive). I'm sure that malware wasn't at the root of the missing shares on my system, as the significant behavior in that instance would be that shares wouldn't automatically turn on on system start-up, even after making the above changes (and that, as a former IT manager, I practice the system and network security philosophy of "it's not paranoia if they really are out to get you").
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