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Win 7 HP System Restore isn't working anymore. Help!

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System Restore is no longer working, i.e., restore points that used to exist are gone except an initial backup restore point. Even a manual restore that I created last month that was showing up for a while is now gone.

I have a Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit system.

Please don't ask me "what have you added/installed recently that caused this?" as it's been months and months since this has happened and a plethora of apps have been installed and uninstalled.

What I'm seeking is your advice on possible solutions for this problem. I used to be in support before and remember this happening to others and resolved it - I've just forgotten what it was that caused this.

This is not a case where my computer is not working - I just happened to be doing some checking and noticed this anomaly and am just glad this was found while all is working fine so that it can be fixed while everything is up and running - perhaps even wiped.

BTW, here are some stats:

Laptop
HDD: 640 GB
Free space: 260 GB
OS: Windows 7 Home Prem., SP1
Restore Settings: "Restore system settings and previous versions of files"
Disk Space Usage: Current Usage - "0 bytes" (frightening)
Max Usage: "18% - 104 GB"

Anti-virus software: ESET (virus defs updated daily)
Anti-malware software: Malwarebytes Pro (updated daily)

Thanks.
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by:aadih
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Test:

Make a restore point now. Restart your computer.  And restore to the restore point you created.  Works?  (Doesn't work?)
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by:76133
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Thank you for the post.

Yes, it worked. Create restore point, check that point is created, restart, check that restore point is still available, restore, check that point is still available, restart again, check again.

I returned to System Restore and it displayed the old backup, the manually created system restore point as well as the newly logged Restore Operation.

However, my concern is the disappearance of the other restore points as well as my computer's "not" creating restore prior to each MS update.

Is this a feature of Win 7? That is, not to auto-create restore points before the installation of apps or MS updates.  I understand that Win 7 made changes to the frequency of the creation of auto-restore points (whoa is me), but that still doesn't address what is happening to newly created points. Like money in the bank, it just disappears...

I think I may go with Task Scheduler or a VB Script that just runs through startup for the restores - however, it is just a killer that these restores are flying out the window.

Any ideas?
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aadih earned 500 total points
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Yes, I have had windows update not creating restore points, and, then, it magically creates a restore point the next time.  It happens in Windows 8 also.  No rhyme or reason. Microsoft knows about it.

What I do is to create a restore point manually before or after anything that I am worried about. Otherwise not.

But I don't lose any ("flying out the windows") but I don't keep them for more than 3-4 days at maximum.

If your system is working okay otherwise, worry not too much, and keep a watch.
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by:76133
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LOL.

"No worries"???

I just choked on my coffee a moment a go! (I can always count on Microsoft to leave a lump in my throat)

I appreciate the comment though as it allows me to understand that I'm definitely NOT alone in my Disappearing-Restore-Point-Drama.  

Comodo Time Machine.  Hmmm....

:-)
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by:aadih
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Time to stop drinking coffee and "restore" to previous vigor?  ;-)
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by:76133
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Upon reflection, I realize that when this occurred in my support days, it was on XP when I resolved it. Now, it's a different beast. I like Windows 7 - it's just the Sys/Restore that's driving me nuts - so yes, I'll do as you mention and just keep an eye (or two) out  and do things manually - progress: isn't it great?
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Progress:  Running in circles and thinking you are going somewhere.  ;-)

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