RESTORE PROGRAM will not go back more than one or two days

Posted on 2009-12-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
It seems my restore program for windows XPpro will not go back further than one or two days. I did all the virus checks and such but have found nothing. I currently have only two restore points which is today and yesterday. All other points are not there. What could be the problem?
Question by:PawloA

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    You can  check that link.  Thats the answer from microsoft.

    try turning restore off ,re boot the computer then turn restore back on

    create a restore point ,then see if it disappears again

    click start run type in services.msc then ok

    look down the list for system restore ,is it set to automatic?

    if not right click it ,properties, and set it to auto

    you could also try stopping it and start it again
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    Expert Comment

    What restore program are you using?

    Are you talking about MS System Restore?  If so how much space have you reserved to save system backups?
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    Expert Comment

    Whats the reason for restoring system?
    Can you manually create a restore point?

    Expert Comment

    manually creating a restore point would not work for him.
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    Author Comment

    I do have two of my six drives had only 100MB of data space left and I got the low disk space warnings on those two drives
    I  am using MS System Restore. I created 3 more restore points and the system created them.
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    Expert Comment

    Problem is that you are not giving System restore enough disk space to be able to span more restore points over larger period of time.Solution is in increasing the space quota for system restore.
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    Accepted Solution

    You do need at least 200 MB of free hard disk space's explained well here>
    "XP System Restore Is Easy to Use":

    Also ...
    "The System Restore Utility May Be Suspended on a System Drive Even Though There Is Enough Disk Space":

    If still unsuccessful try this System Restore repair>

    Reinstalling the System Restore program should not delete existing restore points if you have any useful points left.  They are stored in a hidden folder, probably C:\System Volume Information>
    "How to gain access to the System Volume Information folder":
    To reduce possibility of losing the restore points you could backup the folder.
    If you get an access denied error, run this command>
    cacls "C:\System Volume Information" /E /G %username%:F

    Also ..
    "System restore cannot succesfully restore to a point":

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    Author Closing Comment

    I cleared up space and it works fine now. Thanks
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    Expert Comment

    You're very welcome.  Thanks.

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