System Protection - Turn On or Off

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  1. Posts : 70,382
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Hello Robert, and welcome to Seven Forums. :)

    Are you dual booting with another OS?

    Do you have all Windows Updates installed to have Windows 7 fully up to date?

    In addition, check: System Restore points are deleted after you restart your Windows 7-based computer

    ....and if you have enough max space set for restore points.

    System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

    Hope this helps for now,
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  2. Posts : 161
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit


    I'm running Win 7x64 OEM version on a built Desktop PC w/Asus MoBo. My C HDD is a 1 Tb size with about 115 Gb used space at present.

    I've been seeing a strange issue with my "C" OS drive where the Protection is getting switched to "off" mode. I just started to track the problem to see what may be happening but here's what I've seen recently.

    When I installed this month's Windows "Patch Tuesday" updates, all went ok. I saw the normal "Creating a Restore Point" dialog appear before the updates began installing. I'm assuming at that time that my "C" HDD Protection State was in an "on" state. Perhaps that's not accurate to assume that but since the Restore Points appeared to be created by the WU process, I'm thinking that this was the case at that time.

    Yesterday, Sat 02/21 U.S. time, I encountered an unrelated issue with Norton AV where my IE11 was inaccessible (this made a lot of "buzz" news around the 'net since Fri 02/20 evening U.S. time; Norton has since fixed the issue). The issue with Norton prompted me to look at my Restore Point selection dialog but to my surprise, there were no Restore Points present. I saw the "error" dialog that's been mentioned earlier in this thread.

    When I checked my "Protection" tab, my C HDD Protection was "off". I changed it to "on" and manually created a Restore Point without issue but I've seen this happen several times over the last 2-3 years where it seems that my C HDD Protection State is being toggled off for some reason. I never think to check the Protection state on my C drive until I'm looking at the Restore Points selection dialog.

    Have you heard of this issue occurring with other Win 7 users?

    I am a frequent HDD Cloner so I wonder if that's causing this issue? That wouldn't be my first guess but I'm probably Cloning and Imaging more frequently than some other Win 7 users.
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  3. Posts : 70,382
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Hey Scoop,

    Norton has been known to cause several issues at time with Windows. You might completely uninstall Norton as a test to see if your system protection continues to get turned off.
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  4. Posts : 161
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

    Shawn, thanks for the suggestion. I've been thinking about that, installing another AV to use as a troubleshooting tool to eliminate Norton when questions like this one arise.
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  5. Posts : 6
    win 7 x64 ulti sp1

    Thanks for your sharing.
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