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How to create more restore points?


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#1 mikey11

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 11:09 AM

i went to do a system restore today and found only two restore points available, both are back in may of this year on consecutive days.....is there a way to have my system create more restore points, more frequently?



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Posted 05 July 2015 - 01:09 PM

Hello Mikey,

 

By default in Vista, system restore will create a new restore point on startup and daily, but only if your computer is on A/C power and Idle for at least 10 minutes.  You can change these conditions by going to task scheduler.  I would recommend leaving these defaults as they are and creating a manual restore point if your system isn't creating enough, but if you want to change these settings, please respond here and I would be happy to walk you through it. 


Edited by MarkMCS, 05 July 2015 - 01:15 PM.

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 01:20 PM

Vista should create a restore point before installing Windows updates.

System Restore in Windows Vista creates a checkpoint every 24 hours if no other restore points were created that day.

 

Corrupt files, malware or a lack of free space on hdd are some of the causes of not creating a restore point.


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Posted 05 July 2015 - 03:04 PM

so i went into system restore before i made this post.....two restore points showed up like i said way back in may on consecutive days.....i didnt perform the system restore when i made this post (had to go out).....now i go back into system restore to do the restore and those restore points from may are gone....now the only one listed is from today about 2 hours ago?



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Posted 05 July 2015 - 03:39 PM

How large is the hdd and how much free space is left?

 

Please download MiniToolBox and run it.

Checkmark following boxes:

  • List last 10 Event Viewer log
  • List Devices (do NOT change any settings here)
  • List Users, Partitions and Memory size
  • List Restore Points

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 07:50 PM

Are you saying it created a scheduled checkpoint today and deleted the earlier restore points?  When you opened system restore, be sure you checked the box that says "show restore points older than 5 days", and if the earlier restore points are still not there, please reply with HD size and free space as Buddy has suggested.

 

EDIT: Aside from system problems that may prevent restore points from being created, or the conditions I mentioned earlier, if you are always actively using your system, sometimes days will pass between SR points in Vista.  Windows update will always create them, and many installs/uninstalls will do the same.


Edited by MarkMCS, 05 July 2015 - 08:06 PM.

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 08:23 PM

mikey11....just remembered a possible other cause...Spybot S&D...if you have that installed...UNINSTALL Spybot S&D.


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Posted 05 July 2015 - 09:16 PM

Buddy...Why uninstall Spybot??  I've had it installed for years on several systems and never had an issue with restore points.  Please explain.


Edited by MarkMCS, 05 July 2015 - 09:17 PM.

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 10:03 PM

I recall Spybot causing problems with system restore. Really can't give any more detail than that.

Spybot is not recommended by any professionals and hasn't been for years. There are much better programs such as Malwarebytes Antimalware.


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Posted 05 July 2015 - 10:22 PM

Well Spybot is not what it used to be, and as such, I only recommend it as an 'on demand' scanner.  I have used it recently to remove pop up malware that MBAM missed, causing a homebound student to be unable to pursue her coursework.  I would not be so quick to write off S&D. it may very well catch what is missed by more advanced scanners.  Start simple.


Edited by MarkMCS, 05 July 2015 - 10:29 PM.

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 10:25 PM

The above seems quite complicated.

I have been backing up the system weekly with free todo backup utility.  

I use this because it is simple and fast. 

As to the HDD space, just set to delete old restore points, like one month old ones.

Alright, found the schedule strategy, http://www.todo-backup.com/support/tutorial/schedule-backup.htm.



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Posted 05 July 2015 - 10:51 PM

Hi Bailifei,

Restore points are supposed to be automatic.  They are simply a snapshot of your system configuration and settings at a given point in time, so you can revert back in case of a problem.  Old restore points are also deleted automatically as new ones are created.  Backups are needed to save your personal files, documents and data.  Restore points won't affect your personal files as a backup will.


Edited by MarkMCS, 05 July 2015 - 10:52 PM.

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 12:53 PM

thanks for the help......

 

i will try to answer all the questions in one reply.......

 

the hard drive is only 4-5 months old, 1 terra only 200G used so about 750G free space,

 

spybot is not installed and never has been,

 

 

 

[QUOTE]Are you saying it created a scheduled checkpoint today and deleted the earlier restore points?  When you opened system restore, be sure you checked the box that says "show restore points older than 5 days"[\QUOTE]

 

yes that is what im saying.....i dont see a check box like that anywhere?

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 12:58 PM

 

How large is the hdd and how much free space is left?

 

Please download MiniToolBox and run it.

Checkmark following boxes:

  • List last 10 Event Viewer log
  • List Devices (do NOT change any settings here)
  • List Users, Partitions and Memory size
  • List Restore Points

 

here you go........

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 01:01 PM

 

How large is the hdd and how much free space is left?

 

Please download MiniToolBox and run it.

Checkmark following boxes:

  • List last 10 Event Viewer log
  • List Devices (do NOT change any settings here)
  • List Users, Partitions and Memory size
  • List Restore Points

 

 

 

here u go.............

 

 

MiniToolBox by Farbar  Version: 01-07-2015
Ran by Mike (administrator) on 07-07-2015 at 13:56:11
Running from "C:\Users\Mike\Desktop\Desktop"
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium  Service Pack 2 (X86)
Model: Dimension E521 Manufacturer: Dell Inc
Boot Mode: Normal
***************************************************************************

========================= Event log errors: ===============================

Application errors:
==================
Error: (07/06/2015 05:05:48 PM) (Source: Perflib) (User: )
Description: EmdCacheC:\Windows\system32\emdmgmt.dll4

Error: (07/05/2015 03:49:30 PM) (Source: Perflib) (User: )
Description: EmdCacheC:\Windows\system32\emdmgmt.dll4

Error: (06/25/2015 06:51:22 PM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application explorer.exe, version 6.0.6002.18005, time stamp 0x49e01da5, faulting module unknown, version 0.0.0.0, time stamp 0x00000000, exception code 0xc0000005, fault offset 0x0008f585,
process id 0x530, application start time 0xexplorer.exe0.

Error: (06/25/2015 02:04:58 PM) (Source: Application Hang) (User: )
Description: The program firefox.exe version 38.0.5.5623 stopped interacting with Windows and was closed. To see if more information about the problem is available, check the problem history in the Problem Reports and Solutions control panel.
Process ID: ca8
Start Time: 01d0af519f5183e8
Termination Time: 73

Error: (06/25/2015 02:04:58 PM) (Source: Application Error) (User: )
Description: Faulting application plugin-container.exe, version 38.0.5.5623, time stamp 0x5563c49a, faulting module mozalloc.dll, version 38.0.5.5623, time stamp 0x5563b229, exception code 0x80000003, fault offset 0x00001aa1,
process id 0x19c4, application start time 0xplugin-container.exe0.

Error: (06/21/2015 00:02:10 PM) (Source: Windows Search Service) (User: )
Description: The entry <C:\USERS\MIKE\APPDATA\LOCAL\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\MFRKQH0Z.DEFAULT\SAFEBROWSING-BACKUP> in the hash map cannot be updated.

Context:  Application, SystemIndex Catalog


Details:
    A device attached to the system is not functioning.   (0x8007001f)

Error: (06/10/2015 07:59:07 AM) (Source: Perflib) (User: )
Description: PNRPsvcC:\Windows\system32\pnrpperf.dll4

Error: (06/10/2015 07:59:07 AM) (Source: Perflib) (User: )
Description: EmdCacheC:\Windows\system32\emdmgmt.dll4

Error: (06/04/2015 11:43:16 AM) (Source: VSS) (User: )
Description: Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error RegSetValueExW(0x00000268,SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VSS\Diag\VssvcPublisher,0,REG_BINARY,03D5F79C.64).  hr = 0x80070005.

Error: (06/04/2015 11:43:16 AM) (Source: VSS) (User: )
Description: Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error RegSetValueExW(0x000001c4,SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VSS\Diag\Registry Writer,0,REG_BINARY,01F9F868.64).  hr = 0x80070005.


Operation:
   BackupShutdown Event

Context:
   Execution Context: Writer
   Writer Class Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
   Writer Name: Registry Writer
   Writer Instance ID: {cc55018e-8cb8-40dd-95e1-4f7d84ed43e8}


System errors:
=============
Error: (07/06/2015 05:10:33 PM) (Source: Dhcp) (User: )
Description: The IP address lease 192.168.0.101 for the Network Card with network address 001AA040379D has been denied by the DHCP server 192.168.0.1 (The DHCP Server sent a DHCPNACK message).

Error: (07/06/2015 05:04:00 PM) (Source: Dhcp) (User: )
Description: The IP address lease 192.168.0.101 for the Network Card with network address 001AA040379D has been denied by the DHCP server 192.168.0.1 (The DHCP Server sent a DHCPNACK message).

Error: (07/06/2015 04:50:53 PM) (Source: Dhcp) (User: )
Description: The IP address lease 192.168.0.101 for the Network Card with network address 001AA040379D has been denied by the DHCP server 192.168.0.1 (The DHCP Server sent a DHCPNACK message).

Error: (07/06/2015 04:41:23 PM) (Source: Dhcp) (User: )
Description: The IP address lease 192.168.0.104 for the Network Card with network address 001AA040379D has been denied by the DHCP server 192.168.0.1 (The DHCP Server sent a DHCPNACK message).

Error: (07/06/2015 08:50:47 AM) (Source: Dhcp) (User: )
Description: The IP address lease 192.168.0.100 for the Network Card with network address 001AA040379D has been denied by the DHCP server 192.168.0.1 (The DHCP Server sent a DHCPNACK message).

Error: (07/06/2015 08:47:12 AM) (Source: Dhcp) (User: )
Description: The IP address lease 192.168.0.101 for the Network Card with network address 001AA040379D has been denied by the DHCP server 192.168.0.1 (The DHCP Server sent a DHCPNACK message).

Error: (07/05/2015 07:52:29 PM) (Source: Dhcp) (User: )
Description: The IP address lease 192.168.0.101 for the Network Card with network address 001AA040379D has been denied by the DHCP server 192.168.0.1 (The DHCP Server sent a DHCPNACK message).

Error: (07/05/2015 07:52:26 PM) (Source: EventLog) (User: )
Description: The previous system shutdown at 7:51:05 PM on 7/5/2015 was unexpected.

Error: (07/05/2015 07:19:19 PM) (Source: Dhcp) (User: )
Description: The IP address lease 192.168.0.101 for the Network Card with network address 001AA040379D has been denied by the DHCP server 192.168.0.1 (The DHCP Server sent a DHCPNACK message).

Error: (07/05/2015 06:50:31 PM) (Source: Dhcp) (User: )
Description: The IP address lease 192.168.0.101 for the Network Card with network address 001AA040379D has been denied by the DHCP server 192.168.0.1 (The DHCP Server sent a DHCPNACK message).


Microsoft Office Sessions:
=========================
Error: (07/06/2015 05:05:48 PM) (Source: Perflib)(User: )
Description: EmdCacheC:\Windows\system32\emdmgmt.dll4

Error: (07/05/2015 03:49:30 PM) (Source: Perflib)(User: )
Description: EmdCacheC:\Windows\system32\emdmgmt.dll4

Error: (06/25/2015 06:51:22 PM) (Source: Application Error)(User: )
Description: explorer.exe6.0.6002.1800549e01da5unknown0.0.0.000000000c00000050008f58553001d0af996ed21f0b

Error: (06/25/2015 02:04:58 PM) (Source: Application Hang)(User: )
Description: firefox.exe38.0.5.5623ca801d0af519f5183e873

Error: (06/25/2015 02:04:58 PM) (Source: Application Error)(User: )
Description: plugin-container.exe38.0.5.56235563c49amozalloc.dll38.0.5.56235563b2298000000300001aa119c401d0af7086e37d30

Error: (06/21/2015 00:02:10 PM) (Source: Windows Search Service)(User: )
Description: Context:  Application, SystemIndex Catalog


Details:
    A device attached to the system is not functioning.   (0x8007001f)
C:\USERS\MIKE\APPDATA\LOCAL\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\MFRKQH0Z.DEFAULT\SAFEBROWSING-BACKUP

Error: (06/10/2015 07:59:07 AM) (Source: Perflib)(User: )
Description: PNRPsvcC:\Windows\system32\pnrpperf.dll4

Error: (06/10/2015 07:59:07 AM) (Source: Perflib)(User: )
Description: EmdCacheC:\Windows\system32\emdmgmt.dll4

Error: (06/04/2015 11:43:16 AM) (Source: VSS)(User: )
Description: RegSetValueExW(0x00000268,SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VSS\Diag\VssvcPublisher,0,REG_BINARY,03D5F79C.64)0x80070005

Error: (06/04/2015 11:43:16 AM) (Source: VSS)(User: )
Description: RegSetValueExW(0x000001c4,SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VSS\Diag\Registry Writer,0,REG_BINARY,01F9F868.64)0x80070005

Operation:
   BackupShutdown Event

Context:
   Execution Context: Writer
   Writer Class Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
   Writer Name: Registry Writer
   Writer Instance ID: {cc55018e-8cb8-40dd-95e1-4f7d84ed43e8}


CodeIntegrity Errors:
===================================
  Date: 2015-07-07 08:33:42.421
  Description: Code Integrity is unable to verify the image integrity of the file \Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\drivers\mbamchameleon.sys because the set of per-page image hashes could not be found on the system.

  Date: 2015-07-07 08:33:42.254
  Description: Code Integrity is unable to verify the image integrity of the file \Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\drivers\mbamchameleon.sys because the set of per-page image hashes could not be found on the system.

  Date: 2015-07-07 08:33:42.085
  Description: Code Integrity is unable to verify the image integrity of the file \Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\drivers\mbamchameleon.sys because the set of per-page image hashes could not be found on the system.

  Date: 2015-07-07 08:33:41.922
  Description: Code Integrity is unable to verify the image integrity of the file \Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\drivers\mbamchameleon.sys because the set of per-page image hashes could not be found on the system.

  Date: 2015-07-07 08:33:41.758
  Description: Code Integrity is unable to verify the image integrity of the file \Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\drivers\mbamchameleon.sys because the set of per-page image hashes could not be found on the system.

  Date: 2015-07-07 08:33:41.593
  Description: Code Integrity is unable to verify the image integrity of the file \Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\drivers\mbamchameleon.sys because the set of per-page image hashes could not be found on the system.

  Date: 2015-07-07 08:29:46.324
  Description: Code Integrity is unable to verify the image integrity of the file \Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\drivers\mwac.sys because the set of per-page image hashes could not be found on the system.

  Date: 2015-07-07 08:29:46.152
  Description: Code Integrity is unable to verify the image integrity of the file \Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\drivers\mwac.sys because the set of per-page image hashes could not be found on the system.

  Date: 2015-07-07 08:29:45.981
  Description: Code Integrity is unable to verify the image integrity of the file \Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\drivers\mwac.sys because the set of per-page image hashes could not be found on the system.

  Date: 2015-07-07 08:29:45.809
  Description: Code Integrity is unable to verify the image integrity of the file \Device\HarddiskVolume1\Windows\System32\drivers\mwac.sys because the set of per-page image hashes could not be found on the system.


========================= Devices: ================================


========================= Memory info: ===================================

Percentage of memory in use: 38%
Total physical RAM: 3517.57 MB
Available physical RAM: 2162.21 MB
Total Virtual: 7271.63 MB
Available Virtual: 5937.22 MB

========================= Partitions: =====================================

2 Drive c: () (Fixed) (Total:931.51 GB) (Free:873.6 GB) NTFS
3 Drive d: (CANON_IJ) (CDROM) (Total:0.45 GB) (Free:0 GB) CDFS

========================= Users: ========================================

User accounts for \\MIKE-PC

Administrator            Guest                    Mike                     
UpdatusUser              

========================= Restore Points ==================================

05-07-2015 18:27:03 Scheduled Checkpoint
05-07-2015 19:52:53 Device Driver Package Install: Canon Printers
05-07-2015 19:53:16 Device Driver Package Install: Canon Imaging devices
06-07-2015 21:14:58 Device Driver Package Install: Canon Printers
06-07-2015 21:15:21 Device Driver Package Install: Canon Imaging devices
07-07-2015 15:42:36 Scheduled Checkpoint

**** End of log ****
 






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