Windows 7 Restore

I decided to do a system restore yesterday as I had got in a bit of a tangle doing various adds/deletes. I normally have about 3 options for restore points but this time I only got 1 option, dated August 2014 ! How on earth could this have happened, given that I don't know how to change save/restore options for the OpSys? Pointers to the problem solution and also to handling the restore mechanism appreciated.

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Have You Checked To Make Sure System Restore Is Enabled?

Follow the basic steps in the link below to check that:

If it's been disabled, then you don't have any restore points to use. Sorry. But if you want it enabled, do so and configure the disk space so it's sufficient to hold a number of restore points.

As to creating a new system restore point, see the link below:

And please be aware that a few antivirus suites such as Norton and Kaspersky can actually
"break" sys restore.. Uninstall them to see if it fixes the issue.

Hope this helps.


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Windows 7 Restore

Thanks for the links Grif; I'll take a look. but if restore become disabled in some mysterious way, where have the restore copies between August 2014 and today gone? I know they've been there at some time because I've seen them when toying with the idea of a restore some weeks ago and started the restore process to see what other progs would be affected. I made a restore copy when I found my last one was 2014 but it may reflect the tangle I was in when I tried before and generated the original question.

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As Mentioned, System Restore Can Get Broken

Whether it be a program, such as an AV suite, that breaks it, or malware, there are a number of ways SR can be damaged or disabled. In such cases, there may have been no restore points created.. Not a good thing for those who need SR at a later date. Just in case the problem is with your specific login profile, try logging in as a different admin user, (assuming you have a secondary admin user which is always a good thing.) and see if restore points are still visible there.

Scanning for malware occasionally is a good thing.

Hope this helps.


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Windows 7 Restore

Thanks Grif. I already use Malwarebytes (Premium) and Skybot Search and Destroy regularly. I HAVE seen restore copies post-Aug2014 and used some of them less than 4 weeks ago but they aren't accessible now via my Gmail ID. Maybe I'll try another I have or my wife's. Just one point, how do I promote myself to admin (in general) to carry out your suggestion?

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If Your Wife's Account Is Admin, Then Use It, OR..

...from any admin account, create a new one in Control Panel-User Accounts.

Or you can actually enable the hidden administrator by doing this:

Click on Start, then type: “cmd” in the Search line, then RIGHT click on “command prompt/cmd.exe” at the top of the search page, choose “Run as administrator”.
At the command prompt, type: Net user administrator /active:yes
Press the “Enter” key..
An unpassworded Administrator account will now show up on the Welcome screen when you restart the computer. (It's advised to give it a password if created.)

To disable it: Open the command window again, and type: Net user administrator /active:no
Press the “Enter” key.

Hope this helps.


Post was last edited on August 29, 2016 5:03 PM PDT

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