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Windows 7: Win-update > Sys-restore points gone; how open/use sys-vol-info folder

03 Sep 2015   #11

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Thanks much for your genuine time & interest. Not anyone knows everything though some make out pretenses they do. You are honest and an "I do not know" like you just said by inference is Greatly appreciated!! A GOOD answer!! Thank you so very much for your private time to help a lost stranger. Jim

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03 Sep 2015   #12

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Oh, and no did not check out avast yet. Much appreciated reminder though. Have a Good night Guy, Jim.
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03 Sep 2015   #13
Layback Bear

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

I know when I don't know or understand.

Have a nice day.
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03 Sep 2015   #14

win7 Home Premium x64

Cool. Best True wishes from Greater Seattle, WA, USA
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03 Sep 2015   #15

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hello Jim mate I don't know if this article may of any help Where are the Windows 7 System Restore Points stored and how to preserve them? - Super User and thing is have you done many disk cleans of late or on a regular basis because it will turf out old restore points
ie C: > Properties > Disk Clean > then the Advanced one will pop up and if you click that it cleans all the old update crap and if I am not terribly wrong - some of the restore points.

I would as a matter of fact run these to rules out anything untoward there (unless you have already)< if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as per Option2 >in safe mode if need be

Then these

ADW download from bleepingcomputer delete any rubbish found with the malware scans

NB If anyone is runningKaspersky security it may rant about ADW - just ignore it or disable it for awhile
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04 Sep 2015   #16

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Win 10 Pro x64

Here's a good tool for dealing with restore points, worth a try, - Downloads

ShadowExplorer allows you to browse the Shadow Copies created by the Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Volume Shadow Copy Service. It's especially thought for users of the home editions, who don't have access to the shadow copies by default, but it's also useful for users of the other editions.

Shadow Copy
From time to time, Windows Vista / 7 / 8 creates point-in-time copies of your files. This allows you to retrieve older versions from files you accidentally deleted or altered. This service is turned on by default on all versions of Windows Vista/7, but Microsoft grants access to these copies only in Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise editions. This is where ShadowExplorer comes into play.
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04 Sep 2015   #17

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Thanks Derek shall keep that one
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04 Sep 2015   #18

Win7 Ultimate X64

Just a thought, but have you checked you system restore settings to see how much space you are allowing on your HDD for restore points ?
Everytime a new restore point is created an older one will be overwritten if space is limited largely depending on your HDD/SSD size

Heres a snip of mine showing where you can see this info
Control Panel>System>System Protection>(highlight windows drive)Configure
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04 Sep 2015   #19

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Thanks guys!
Ok looked it up. Sounds great. Gonna give it a shot. Am looking to get back in time where running programs interface (not win7 system programs) were a readable size rather than about 1/3 normal with tiny print.

@Pauly. Yeah, thought of that but forgot so took a look. My usual "always" 40-50 percent was not there. Rats!! Getting older so could have forgot ya know but honestly not likely. It was at a point similar to the level you have setup, sooo???

@ ICIT2LOL good info there! Yeah do a lot of cleanup and never usually do recheck the sys-restore point counts after a new 40-50 percent setup. Boy if cleanups go after sys-restore points $M gates needs to get his act together seems to me, huh?

Will advise after running ShadowExplorer. Really do appreciate all the help guys. Just cannot see these little programs window with dollar store glasses. He Ha !!
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04 Sep 2015   #20
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

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