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XP System Restore

by ljcool_17 / August 1, 2010 6:24 AM PDT

I've noticed recently my XP is no longer creating system restore points automatically when it used to create about 2-4 restore points a week. Now, it has gone a full week without one. I know it has to be idle for it to create one, and I've let it have some idle time (with messenger and browser still running but not taking up much resources). I tried restoring it back to a restore point and it didn't create an undo system restore (or is that normal when I run system restore on safe mode?) I have more than sufficient disk space in my hard drive. All I remember doing is turning the Indexing Service off, which I haven't tried turning on yet. What could be causing this?

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Note this . . .
by Coryphaeus / August 1, 2010 8:03 AM PDT
In reply to: XP System Restore

Restore Points are created in four ways:

1. Every 24 machine running hours. If you use the PC two hours a day it'll take 12 days before a RP is created. These are called System Checkpoints.

2. On every Windows Update. These are called Software Distribution.

3. Manually by you at any time. You give it a name.

4. Some software installation causes Windows to create a restore point.

Is System Restore turned on? Can you create a RP manually?

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Checked Everything
by ljcool_17 / August 1, 2010 8:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Note this . . .

Yes, I've checked on everything, System Restore turned on, System Restore shared hard drive space set to 2 gig, System Restore service running, Task Scheduling service running, able to create System Restore manually, PC turned on approximately 6 hours a day with idle time of at least 30 mins in between. Recently installed new anti-virus and it did create a restore point. Windows Update does the same. It just doesn't create a System Checkpoint when left alone.

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That might be a clue
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 1, 2010 7:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Checked Everything

"Recently installed a new anti-virus".

By any chance, is this a Norton product? If so, some Norton's security software disables System Restore in favor of it's own backup and restore component.

If not Norton, which AV?


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Recently installed anti-virus
by ljcool_17 / August 2, 2010 8:33 AM PDT
In reply to: That might be a clue

I've recently installed the latest version of avast, avast5, it runs lighter than any anti-virus I've used including it's previous version. However, my System Restore problem has been around a week or two before I updated my anti-virus. I can create manual RPs, but it hasn't been creating automated System Checkpoints, nor did it create an Undo Restoration after I did a System Restore (under safe mode).

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Link, comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 2, 2010 8:38 AM PDT
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