Help please! System Restore Misbehaving

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by CJSnet, Nov 19, 2007.

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    CJSnet Guest

    Hi all, my System Restore only seemed to keep the last restore point, even
    though I have 30GB free hard disk space.

    I tried resetting the file by turning it off, rebooting, then on again, but
    then it kept a few restore points only from the last 3 days (after 2 weeks
    of being turned on).

    Today I checked and it has no restore points saved!

    Is there a way to do a full and proper reset of the System Restore
    functionality? (Please don't mention clean installs - I have never found
    these necessary as there is always another way.)
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    CJSnet, Nov 19, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi,

    Are you positive there is only one point? When you start the restore, it
    will only show the most recent one. You need to dig by clicking the line to
    "choose a different restore point", and then in the following dialog click
    the box to "show restore points older than 5 days".

    If you run disk cleanup, one of the options there removes all but the most
    recent point. You might want to check your settings there if you employ this
    tool.
     
    Rick Rogers, Nov 19, 2007
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    CJSnet Guest

    Hi and thanks.

    We can't see the "show restore points older than 5 days" dialog box you
    mention. It definitely does not appear in the window where we can "choose a
    different restore point". All that appears is a row of lines and only one
    point showing.

    Also we don't run Disk Cleanup at all regularly. Where can we check it is
    not running automatically?

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    CJSnet, Nov 20, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi,

    First, are you dual booting with Windows XP? There is a known issue with SR
    where booting into an XP installation deletes Vista's SR point.

    There is also this: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=312067&sd=RMVP

    Open a command prompt by typing CMD into the start/search line, then right
    click the entry in the start menu and choose 'run as administrator', then
    run this:

    vssadmin list shadowstorage

    Copy/paste the results into a reply. To copy the results, right click the
    header of the command prompt and choose edit/mark. Use the left mouse button
    to click and drag over the results to highlight them. Right click the header
    again and click edit/copy, then open a response to this post and click in
    the message text area. Hit ctrl+v to paste it. It should look something like
    this (pasted from my machine):

    Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 27.015 GB
    Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 27.855 GB
    Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 28.359 GB



     
    Rick Rogers, Nov 20, 2007
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    CJSnet Guest

    Thanks Rick.

    I have the factory installed NTFS drive on a Sony VAIO laptop so doubt the
    cluster size is anything unusual.

    Here are the results from the other check:

    vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
    (C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

    Shadow Copy Storage association
    For volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{55e174cc-a118-11db-a9ac-806d6172696f}\
    Shadow Copy Storage volume:
    (C:)\\?\Volume{55e174cc-a118-11db-a9ac-806d617269
    6f}\
    Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 1.232 GB
    Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 1.47 GB
    Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 3.877 GB

    It seems I have a smaller than normal amount allocated? But unlike XP I
    can't see a way to change it. (I'm not using dual boot.)
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    brink Guest

    CJSnet,

    This tutorial will show you how to change the MAX size for the System
    Restore backup size.

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76227-system-restore-disk-space.html

    Shawn


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    CJSnet Guest

    Thanks I think that will fix the issue!
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    It should, and the report confirmed what I suspected.



     
    Rick Rogers, Nov 20, 2007
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    brink Guest

    Your welcome CJSnet,

    Glad to hear it.

    Shawn


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