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Windows 7: PC has went to Granny speed

30 Jul 2011   #11
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

thanks y'all. I'd tried a restore earlier and it said system Protection was turned off, bit it is not off. Weird eh? So no go with that.
Run sfc /scannow 37(?) times with same no result.

I don't think MSE or Norton caused the issue, all was well for several days until I put it to sleep. Yup my Win 7 DVD is pre-SP1, maybe the problem with the repair install, I left SP1 on.

I can't get Macrium nor windows back up image to reimage. I've never done reimaging before and probably missed a step. I had the image on an external drive, copied it back to the desktop. Windows can't find any stored back up, even with the external HDD plugged in.


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30 Jul 2011   #12
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Do me a favor:
| type SYSTEM RESTORE | ENTER

Choose a different restore point
Radio Button | NEXT |
Check mark Show more restore points
highlight a desired restore point | Scan for affected programs button | Close

When you have a restore point that look good, then NEXT and so on and so forth.
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30 Jul 2011   #13
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If system restore isn't working, but it's enabled, that most likely spells some type of malware that doesn't want you to get rid of it. Download a copy of the Microsoft stand alone system sweeper and see what that comes back with.

Here is the link to the tool I referenced;
http://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper
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30 Jul 2011   #14
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Britton,
We also have a tutorial on using the StandAlone Sweeper.

This is the short write-up that I refer to when I need to refresh my memory on the procedure:
PUT SYSTEM SWEEPER ON A USB STICK


System Sweeper, https://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper, allows you to start an infected PC and perform an offline scan to identify and remove viruses, rootkits and other advanced malware. System Sweeper is a free standalone, bootable malware and virus remover from Microsoft.

Safety Scanner, Microsoft Safety Scanner - Remove Spyware, Malware, Viruses Free, is free, downloadable, provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.

If the target computer has a working internet connection, then you may prefer to use the Safety Scanner.


Download System Sweeper (about 576 kB):
https://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper

Insert 256 MB or larger USB stick into a usb port.

Run the downloaded program--mssstool64.exe or mssstool32.exe

Choose the option to install to USB.
Caution: The install program will format the usb stick.

The install program will download about 200 mB more.

After the install is finished, leave the stick in the usb slot.

Run the program you downloaded once again.

This 2nd run, and any subsequent runs, will download the very latest anti-virus definitions (about 60 mB).

To keep System Sweeper up-to-date, simply reinsert the usb stick and run the installation program again.

The initial, full scan by System Sweeper can easily take a couple of hours, but subsequent quick scans will take only a few minutes.

Remember, your computer is being very thoroughly checked for all types of malware.

The results of System Sweeper will be in:
\Windows\Standalone System Sweeper\Support as a file with a LOG extension. You can view this file with Notepad.
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30 Jul 2011   #15
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Thanks Karl and Pparks, I just restored an image from 4 weeks ago with Macrium Reflect. system restore still showing as off, so I'll run the Stand alone sweeper tomorow, I already had it but had forogtten about it.
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30 Jul 2011   #16
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote:
system restore still showing as off,
Britton,

When you have a chance, could you make a snippet of this since I've never encountered this and I'm trying to understand what has happened.
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31 Jul 2011   #17
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sure Karl, here you are. In the first set is what I did have.
PC has went to Granny speed-sysrest.png

While I was here I went to configure and changed the restore setting to what is in the red box. With the one below, "Only restore previous versions of files" checked, I was getting the error in the above snips.
PC has went to Granny speed-rest-setting.png


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31 Jul 2011   #18
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

OK.

What super-duper tuneup/speedup program turned off system restore? My problem was that I'd never seen a computer where system restore was disabled. The default for Win 7 is with System Restore enabled.
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31 Jul 2011   #19
win7clutz

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

You’ve received great advice thus far and should continue your efforts if you need to protect your current install. It’s likely that if you succeed you will still have configuration issues that will haunt you in the future. It may be time to backup data and proceed to a fresh install.
All the best…
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31 Jul 2011   #20
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
OK.

What super-duper tuneup/speedup program turned off system restore? My problem was that I'd never seen a computer where system restore was disabled. The default for Win 7 is with System Restore enabled.
Nuttin honey
As you see, it was in fact turned on for my system drive. Then windows image restore said it couldn't find an image when I had one.

Ran mssstool and got a clean scan. Just before I restored my Macrium image Norton popped up and said it had removed some baddie. It was StoicJokesters T-Clock, which was presented in a thread here, but I'll have to find it and report it. It is a small program to change how the system clock is displayed in the task bar. Ran fine for several days, but apparently has some kind of time-bomb after running X days.

System now has it ol' teenage-like energy and speed again, although I'm still probably going to do a clean install real soon.
Thanks everyone!
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