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Windows 7: System Restore Point Shortcut

06 Nov 2014   #160

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1

Thanks for sticking with me on this. It is now 10 hours and a complete system reboot since last checking. System Restore still shows no new restore points created since 11/5/2014 11:45:49 PM, which I noted in last message.

Umm... Step 5 is 5. To Add "Take Ownership" with Pause to Context Menu including EXE Files

Do you mean Step 6. To Remove "Take Ownership" from Context Menu?

Followed by 2. To Add "Take Ownership" to Context Menu

Thanks again. You really are awesome even without solving the System Restore problem. I'm wondering if it has more to do with something about Win7 Task Scheduler. It seems to "think" it has successfully created a restore point when it has not created one that shows up in System Restore's list. Since System Restore itself can be used to manually create restore points, and automatically creates restore points on some occasions (at least it seemed to) SR itself seems to be functional.

Will let you know after I use your Steps 6 and 2 to resolve the "Take Ownership/Run as Administrator" issues.

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06 Nov 2014   #161

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1

YES! "Run as Administrator" now shows for EXE files and it is replaced with "Take Ownership" for other types of files! Thanks!
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06 Nov 2014   #162

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Oops, yeah it should be step 6 to remove.

Great news so far. Please test creating a restore point with the task again now that "Run as administrator" is fixed to see if it may have affected this as well. :)
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06 Nov 2014   #163

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1

To help make the manual creation easier, until hopefully it can be scheduled automatically, I've created a shortcut using the steps in a search result:
  1. Right-click the desktop
  2. Choose New-Shortcut
  3. For the location of the item, enter:
    control.exe sysdm.cpl,,4
    (Make sure to include both commas.)
  4. Click “Next”
  5. Enter a name for the shortcut
  6. Click “Finish”
Works better than digging.
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06 Nov 2014   #164

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Does the shortcut from step 4 in Option One of the tutorial on the first page here work for you?
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06 Nov 2014   #165

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1

Making progress. And I apologize for the length of my posts.
Before going into details (below), here's a synopsis:

Finally able to run sfc /scannow as Administrator (see below). Although it was unable to repair all errors, it now allows me to again use "Create Restore Point -" which is a VBS script that I was using to easily create on-demand System Restore Points with Description before trying yours as an alternative. Therefore, I will not need to try to install yours again.

What I don't know is whether the problem with Task Scheduler automatically creating "successful" restore points at System Startup and 10:00PM daily that don't show up in available restore points in System Restore is resolved. I don't see a restore point from my recent Restart, but will wait a few hours and do a complete System Startup. If that works - problems solved.

Otherwise I must at this point assume Task Scheduler cannot automatically create successful restore points even though it "thinks" it did. Will let you know after the 10PM scheduled time passes. If no available restore point(s) show up, maybe you can help repair the Task Scheduler?

I just used the howtogeek script to successfully create a System Restore point with definition that immediately appears in the available System Restore Points list (11/6/2014 3:35:57) giving me further reason to believe the problem does not lie with System Restore, but with Task Scheduler.

I don't know what your "Scheduled Instant System Restore Point" would do differently that would allow it to work where my previously-created Task Scheduler (Local)/Task Scheduler Library/Microsoft/Windows/SystemRestore window shows SR-Ready-Multiple triggers defined-...-Last Run Time 11/6/2014 3:32:08 PM - The operation completed successfully. (0x0) , etc. does not show up in the available System Restore points.

If you want the complete results of the most recent sfc /scannow CBS.log, let me know how to either attach the TXT file, or if I can copy/paste 677KB in a message.


Here, if you're interested, is the complete story:
Wanted to try running sfc /scannow but only right-click "Take Ownership" is available for Start/All Programs/Accessories/Command Prompt. So I ran "Remove_Take_Ownership.reg" again and now "Run as Administrator" shows for Command Prompt. That allowed me to run sfc /scannow from the Command Prompt.

Aha.. maybe this will help: "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir/Logs/CBS/CBS.log. For example C:/Windows/Logs/CBS/CBS.log"

Of course access was denied, so I had to run "Add_Take_Ownership.reg" again which allowed me to access the LOG file. It would be really helpful if BOTH Take Ownership AND Run as Administrator could co-exist in the options.

There is a whole lot of stuff in the 4+MB LOG file, going back to October. The most recent results (2014-11-06 starting 11:47:18 shows 144 "POQ" events. I copied only that sfc run into a 677KB Notepad file. There are a lot of "Move File"; "ignoring duplicate ownership for directory"; "Set Key Value: Key ="; "Found" (something) "Expected" (something else); and things like "2014-11-06 11:49:47, Info CSI 00000135 [SR] Could not reproject corrupted file
{25}]"TS_UnusedDesktopIcons.ps1"; source file in store is also corrupted
2014-11-06 11:49:47, Info CSI 00000136 Hashes for file member \??\C:\Windows
\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\TS_BrokenShortcuts.ps1 do not match actual file [l:44
{22}]"TS_BrokenShortcuts.ps1" :"

>end this forum post message<
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06 Nov 2014   #166

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
CBS log of sfc /scannow

Maybe I figured out how to send you that TXT file. Here's my attempt
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06 Nov 2014   #167

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Option Three in the tutorial below can help show you how to get and read your sfc details to upload, but that should be posted in a new thread since it's not related to this thread.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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07 Nov 2014   #168

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
Reply to your question + update

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Does the shortcut from step 4 in Option One of the tutorial on the first page here work for you?
Yes. Just tried it (11/7/2014 1:09:56 AM). The Description I gave it appeared immediately as an available (Type manual) restore point.

Also, a while ago, System Restore automatically created a (Type Critical Update) restore point (11/6/2014 11:24:51 pm) when I installed Update System Readiness Tool (Windows 6.1-KB947821-v34-x64.msu).

Re-ran sfc a few more times, but there are still some files it can't repair. Will try to do the sfc at boot method.

Checked Task Scheduler and it says the Last Run Time it created a successful restore point 11/7/2014 12:10:40 AM. No clue why and it does not appear as an available System Restore point.
Thanks for the links to other threads/tutorials. I'll try work with them and stay within the forum protocols.
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14 Nov 2014   #169


Hi Shawn,

After all this time I hope I can still contact you. I just stumbled across your Restore Point Shortcuts. They are just what I've been looking for, thank you.

I've been trying to follow your logic, but there are a few rough spots I don't understand...

1. You probably already know this, but in Windows 8.1 the SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency key is included in the Registry by default.

2. In your CreateSRP sub, the second line of code is redundant and can be completely removed.

3. You create an Install (Type 0) restore point. Is there any (simple) way of creating Manual, Automatic or Scheduled types? There are no options to do this in CreateRestorePoint, but Windows does it with the restore points it creates.

4. Is there any harm in creating a BEGIN_SYSTEM_CHANGE (EventType 100) restore point without closing it with a END_SYSTEM_CHANGE (EventType 101)?

5. Where can I find a list of the Error Codes returned by CreateRestorePoint?
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