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Windows 7: Data files revert to previous versions after restart

26 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Data files revert to previous versions after restart

For the third time in a week, Windows 7 has replaced some of my personal data files with earlier versions, without my consent, following a restart.
I'm talking about my outlook Data file (outlook.pst), my Quicken data files and a few others. Files are located in different places, but mostly in my Documents folder.

There are no errors, no crashes and no warning whatsoever.
I just restart the PC and suddenly my data files are overwritten with sometimes days old versions. The first time it happened I assumed that maybe I hadn't properly saved my document(s), but then I noticed it actually WAS replacing current files with earlier versions. I would enter a few days worth of transactions into Quicken, save and even backup the files, only to have it revert back to a file that was saved two days ago after restarting the PC, causing me to have to re-enter all those transactions.
Same thing with Outlook - I could add/change/remove appointments in my calendar, only to discover that it went back to an earlier time after the next restart, all changes made would be lost.
Just a simple reboot is all it takes - the last time I had to reboot to update a driver.
This is completely unexpected & unacceptable behavior. What would cause Windows 7 to do this?

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26 Nov 2009   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Win 7, has a function that allows you to restore to a previous date, in the event that you

lose or want to change your current copy. The previous copy comes from back up and

restore or system restore, whichever is applicable. Some how you are returning to those

earlier documents, without giving permission. May I suggest, until we figure out the

cause of the problem, you turn off the system restore function and the back up and

restore function. Although I think that these features are very good and a safeguard

against problems, in your case you might want to disable them, until a remedy can be

found for your problem.
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06 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7
Same problem here, sys restore is off, no backups set

Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I can't find anywhere else this has been discussed.

I've had this exact same issue... Windows 7 just reverts files to previous versions, primarily System-related files such as the Start Menu shortcuts. My System Restore has always been disabled on all drives, and I've never set up a backup, so neither of those can be the cause.

This happens occasionally on my home PC, and just happened to me for the first time on my work laptop... a couple of weeks after installing Visual Studio 2010, the start menu rolled back, and now I have no shortcuts to VS on my start menu.

My laptop is suspended every night at the end of work, but my home PC is never suspended, and rarely restarted.

I haven't had personal data files overwritten (that I'm aware of), but I don't keep my documents in the 'My Documents' folder, so maybe that's an answer for others experiencing this.

How am I supposed to trust an OS that overwrites files with older versions without warning, consent, or reason??!? This never happened in XP.

Has anyone found a cause for this, or opened a ticket with Microsoft?
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12 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7
Entire installation is gone

I was wrong... it didn't just wipe out the start menu shortcuts, it completely wiped out VS2010. Unbelievable.
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13 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional

What concerns me the most is that it seems overwritten (reverted) files also include my personal data files.
I could see if maybe only system files were being affected (ala System File Checker) but WHY would an Outlook or a Quicken data file be overwritten with older versions?
Leave MY files alone MS!!!
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27 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Business Edition x64

I recently started using Windows 7 x64 and have that problem, files will reverts to an older version, files I renamed reverts to the old name, a folder reverted itself and the new files inside disappeared... Arghhh I'm losing valuable work!
Is there any development on that issue? I only found 3 posts on the net talking about this...
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28 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7
Not a peep from Microsoft

Back up your work frequently. Like every time you make a change to your work. Don't use Microsoft folders, e.g. the desktop or My Documents to store anything.

This is the kind of crap that makes me so angry with Microsoft... they're trying to be overly controlling of the OS for my own good... it's impossible, and when they screw it up it's at the expense of my data. Just be an OS!!! Don't automatically roll back ANYTHING!!!!!!
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23 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

FYI: I have Windows XP Home edition w/SP3. I'm having the same problems noted here. It seems to effect my Quicken data, Outlook Express email, and even my screen saver photo was involved this morning. I guess I will disable the backup and restore functions and see what happens.
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23 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

This is a very old thread and doesn't seem to be a very common problem. It also seems unlikely to be caused by Windows itself IMHO.

I wonder if there isn't another common issue such as a common piece of AV software or maybe some sort of backup or "Data Safe" type of software that is being used as well? Could be some tag-a-long feature of program suite that is doing it... (Apple and Adobe software frequently installs all kinds of hidden "features" without telling you, plenty of others likely do the same)
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23 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 7 32 bit

My suspicion would be it's related to updates. Even if you have system restore disabled, I would suspect if you have updates enabled, it enables the system restore so it can roll back if there's an error applying the update.

I'm just taking a shot in the dark. But that's one area where I could see the system rolling back without asking.

Back up your data to external drives.

Make system images with a 3rd party tool like Macrium or Easus ToDo Backup to an external drive.
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