Vista automatic system restore problem

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Barbara92021, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Barbara92021

    Barbara92021 Guest

    I recently went to set up a manual restore point and found out that m
    Vista is NOT doing any restore points, at all!!! I googled this proble
    and found out that, by default, Vista is supposed to be doing dail
    restore points, automatically. I assumed restore points were being don
    when I installed new programs! Nope! Assuming is never good

    In the System Protection, there is a checkmark beside one of the
    available disks, the Acer (C). In the "Most recent restore point" area
    it says "None" for each of the 3 disks. To check to see if I coul
    manually create a restore point, I clicked on "Create a restore point
    and entered "check up on system restore". Under the "most recent restor
    point", it showed today's date and the dialog box popped up to say th
    creation was successful

    Because of some of the things I read in this forum's entries regardin
    system restore points, I did a restart on my laptop and sure enough
    the manual restore point is GONE! There are no restore points for any o
    the 3 disks, once again

    Why won't the system restore work?? What do I have to do to get thi
    working? My security is ShawSecure, based on f-secure and supplied by m
    ISP. I am letting you know this b/c of reading how Symantec/Norto
    products can mess with system restore

    In some of the other threads I read about programs interfering o
    startup. I wasn't quite sure what that meant but if you need, I can giv
    a list of the programs starting when I turn the laptop on each morning

    I sure hope someone here can help me with this problem or steer me i
    the right direction for other help
    Barbara92021, Oct 28, 2008
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  2. Barbara92021

    AJR Guest

    Default System Restore points are not created "daily" - if nothing has been
    done to create an automatic restore point (such as installation of a
    certified or digitally signed application) a "System Checkpoint" restore
    point is created every 24 hours of active computer usage - in other words if
    your computer is on fours a day a restore point (if none created
    automatically) is created after six days.

    Have you verified lack of restore points via System Restore (select System
    Restore option) rather than the System Protection screen?
    AJR, Oct 28, 2008
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  3. Barbara92021

    DDW Guest

    Got a reputable source - i.e., a URL - for that??

    I really REALLY doubt that you're right.

    DDW, Oct 29, 2008
  4. Barbara92021

    DDW Guest

    Never mind looking for a cite to support that. You ARE wrong.

    It's "calendar" 24 hours, not "computer-usage" 24 hours.

    Google "aa939744". It's an MSDN article about system checkpoints.

    DDW, Oct 29, 2008
  5. Barbara92021

    SIW2 Guest


    Here is a tutorial about how to set the automatic restore poin

    Hope it help

    SIW2, Oct 29, 2008
  6. Barbara92021

    Barbara92021 Guest

    *SIW2:* Thankyou for the link! It sure looks scary! So much stuff
    whatever happened to the easy system restore of WinXP??? Yikes
    Microsoft! Once again you've managed to fark up something good! So dar
    many options and so much bouncing from one option to another. I wil
    certainly need to have total quiet around me and the ability t
    concentrate! LOL I'll be back if I have trouble with this. Thanks again
    Barbara92021, Oct 30, 2008
  7. Hi Barbara,

    Automatic restore points are indeed created every 24 hours, if there are no
    other restore points created on that day (say by applications install, etc).

    Most applications installed through the standard installer will
    automatically create a restore point, although certainly some applications
    installed through other methods might not, depending on if they implemented
    the System Restore APIs. Although I doubt this is the cause of your problem
    right now.

    From your description that the manual restore point is gone after reboot, I
    suspect that there might not be sufficient space for storing the restore
    point. Can you please post the output of the following command from an
    elevated command prompt?

    Vssadmin list shadowstorage /for=C:

    Can you also open the System Restore UI to verify that there are indeed no
    restore points present?

    Christine [MSFT], Nov 19, 2008
  8. Barbara92021

    JRoyce Guest

    I am having the exact same problem. Vista Home Premium.

    In System Protection, it shows "Local Disk (C:) System". The box which says
    "Create restore points automatically on the selected disks" is checked.

    In Scheduler, I see that the Task is triggered and completed on a regular
    basis. but it only takes 20 seconds to complete. This seems too short of a

    In Services, I checked to see that Volume Shadow Copy was enabled and
    automatic. It was running but set to "Manual", so I changed it to "Automatic"
    and reooted.

    If I run the command 'vssadmin list shadows', I only see two manual restore
    points which I created.

    This is the same result when I run "System Restore."
    JRoyce, Nov 25, 2008
  9. Christine [MSFT], Nov 25, 2008
  10. Barbara92021

    lacolocho Guest

    I'm having this exact same issue as well. Also Vista Home Premium

    In Task Scheduler I looked at the history and it has a large history o
    creating restore points
    I tried finding system restore points with both system restore an
    system protection
    lacolocho, Jan 26, 2010
  11. Barbara92021

    Badger Guest

    If you are running MS Backups,
    You have a complete Backup & Restore system in another partition, ready to
    restore your operating system.
    Badger, Jan 26, 2010
  12. Barbara92021

    lacolocho Guest

    I don't think I am. How could I access them if System Restore isn't
    finding any?
    lacolocho, Jan 26, 2010
  13. Barbara92021

    Badger Guest

    Disk management will show you a partition named Backup if you use it.
    Control panel Backup and Restore is where you can access it.
    Badger, Jan 26, 2010
  14. Barbara92021

    Badger Guest

    An alternate search can be used as follows:

    Right click on the Start-Accessories-CMD.EXE and select Run as
    Hit Enter,
    Type the following line- VSSADMIN LIST SHADOWSTORAGE and hit Enter.

    Shadowstorage is a name for System Restore and it will list the drives using
    Badger, Jan 26, 2010
  15. Barbara92021

    lacolocho Guest

    It says there are no backups on my computer
    lacolocho, Jan 27, 2010
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