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Vista can't boot safe or regular, restore points corrupt

Question: Vista can't boot safe or regular, restore points corrupt

I have Vista on a Sony Vaio laptop, and at this point when booting it starts booting - shows Microsoft Windows with the bar moving at the bottom of the screen. After a few minutes a Blue Screen quickly flashes (can't read it) and the system reboots. Tried Safe Mode and it starts booting, then the last drive that loads is CRCDISK.sys, then the hard drive flashes for a while and the system freezes. I can boot from the Vista disk and ran the repair from there, but it does not do anything. With the Vista disk I was able to get to the restore options and tried the system restore, there are about 10 restore points that it lists but I tried them and get a message that the point is corrupt. One restore point did not get that error, but started the process but the message that it is restoring stays on the screen and looks like it is doing something but I left it for an hour or more and it never finishes.

I am familiar with the standard malware removal procedures on this site, but can't follow it because I can't get it to boot Windows. Any help would be great!


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Preferred Solution: Vista can't boot safe or regular, restore points corrupt

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Answer: Vista can't boot safe or regular, restore points corrupt

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Your thread has been moved to the Software Forum which is a more appropriate starting point then the Malware Forum.

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I've gotten various errors such as "machine check exception" and "uncorrectable hardware error" and 0X0000009C as well as 0X00000005 and 0X00000124 and others. I tried reseating the ram and cleaned dust from the motherboard and heat sink in case there was any overheating and now I can't even get anything to show up on the monitor at all (and I did check the monitor connections)

Any ideas would be appreciated, thanks !

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Answer:Vista can not boot in either regular or safe mode

I think this should explain what the error means-

Not much help in regards to which component it is. If you could see the POST, that would be helpful.

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I turned on my PC this morning and was greeted with:

"Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

Using the Recovery Console, I followed the steps in, but when I got to the part about copying the registry files from the Snapshot folder, I found that all my previous Restore Points were gone (System Restore was turned on and running before the crash).

I can boot into Safe Mode but most of my desktop shortcuts are gone, etc. I tried "Last Known Good Configuration" but when Windows booted normally, nothing changed. Can I get things back to the way they were with a "Repair Install", or is there something else I should try?


Answer:How to restore corrupt Registry with no Restore Points?

System restore has nothing to do with that procedure. You can try two other things:

1) Try running system restore from safe mode since you said it was enabled.
2) If that doesn't work you can do a repair install:

Boot to the XP CD and choose the SECOND repair option. Done properly, all apps and preferences will remain intact. You'll have to go to Windows Update and re-download / install all updates after the installation is complete. Here's a detailed walk-through:

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Hi, I had some nagging problems in my computer(Windows XP pro).So when I tried to restore to an earlier time, I was in for a rude shock.I had 5 restore points and each and every one failed to restore to an earlier point. By sheer luck I could get over the problems by trial & error. I don't want to take chances anymore and would like some remedial measures for 'system restore'.

Answer:corrupt system restore points


While system restore if it works properly is a good backup option it does not really take over from a good backup solution and one thats good is Imaging (ghosting) your whole HDD, this has the benefit of backing up everything so that in the event of a bad issue you can recover the whole PC to the date of the last backup.

Acronis True Image is my prefered solution but I did try out this free one called Macrium Reflect a while back and its just like Acronis

To purge system restore you need to turn it off and on again and then create a manual new restore point, but system restore is not foolpoof and malware can corrupt it.

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I need help please. I do not have XP CD, the D:recovery partition exists but I know it has not worked in the past. Here is the problem and what I have done so far:

I was running Windows XP Media center on my very old laptop (newer hard drive) when it went dead. When I turned it on, it came to HP logo and continued to cycle to little flashing cursor and back to HP logo refusing to boot. Going through boot options etc. did not help. Doing F8 did bring the screen to boot options of safe mode etc. but clicking any of them brought me back to the same problem.

I booted the computer with UBCD4WIN. It showed C: but had 0 bytes used and 0 empty. In "my computer" C: shows but no bytes. I do show D: recovery partition present but it has never worked, in the past either. Same thing showed in the partition table as well. Therefore the C: contents cannot even be read. Checking the c: by using various disk utilities in UBCD did not help because it said "file is corrupt or unreadable".

Following other advice in a forum, I ran CHKDSK /f on C: It deleted/ repaired many sectors and registeries etc. and process continued all night.

After that my computer would boot to a message "c:\windows\system32\system is corrupt or missing. press r to repair. Since I do not have XP CD I could not do that.

Booting from UBCD now shows the C: with the correct 63 GB used and 8GB empty. I can now open the contents of this drive. However I still cannot repair it. I tried the UBCD r... Read more

Answer:Corrupt XP, no XP CD, no restore points, no recovery partition. How to fix? UBCD?

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This morning, after resetting my PC, I encountered the blue ': (' error screen. After trying to restore to a previous instance of the PC (there were two dates to choose from), the restore failed and the two dates are no longer available.

I am unable to reset, restore, start in safe mode, etc.

What should I do?

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So, I have this system, and it bluescreens when I boot in to both "normal" and save modes, however it reboots instantly, so I can't see the error.
I have gone into recovery console, and there are no system restore points.
Windows cannot fix the startup "Automatically"
I am at a loss as to how to proceed next to fix this issue.
Lil help?

Answer:Bluescreen on safe mode and no restore points

When the system first boots begin tapping the F8 function key until you get to the Advanced Boot Options screen. From there, select "Disable Restart on System Failure". Reboot. Post the entire contents of the blue screen error in your next post.

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Hello, FBI got me, I DL'd Farbar and scanned here is the log report.   Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST.txt) (x64) Version: 30-07-2013 03Ran by SYSTEM on 01-08-2013 13:55:11Running from H:\Windows 7 Home Premium (X64) OS Language: English(US)Internet Explorer Version 10Boot Mode: RecoveryThe current controlset is ControlSet001ATTENTION!:=====> FRST is updated to run from normal or Safe mode to produce a full FRST.txt log and an extra Addition.txt log.==================== Registry (Whitelisted) ==================HKLM\...\Run: [SynTPEnh] - C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe [1815848 2009-07-14] (Synaptics Incorporated)HKLM\...\Run: [SysTrayApp] - C:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\sttray64.exe [450048 2009-07-21] (IDT, Inc.)HKLM\...\Run: [SmartMenu] - C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP MediaSmart\SmartMenu.exe [610872 2009-07-21] ()HKLM\...\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe [171520 2009-08-14] (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)HKLM\...\InprocServer32: [Default-cscui]  <==== ATTENTION!HKLM-x32\...\Run: [StartCCC] - C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\CLIStart.exe [98304 2009-07-02] (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.)HKLM-x32\...\Run: [HPCam_Menu] - c:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\Media\Webcam\MUITransfer\MUIStartMenu.exe [218408 2009-02-25] (CyberLink Corp.)HKLM-x32\...\Run: [Corel File Shell Monitor] - C:\Program Files (x86)\Corel\Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2\CorelIOMonitor.exe [1671... Read more

Answer:FBI virus - No safe mode, No restore points

Fixed, delete thread

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My PC is a HP computer with Vista (home).

I've had several problems recently:
Slow loading.
Slow loading of programs.
I try to open certain .exe but it never opens them and Windows Explorer just hangs even though a few days before it opened them fine.
I've attempted system restore however it complains disk corrupted and needs disk check, but the disk check cannot be run when the computer is busy or something so it asks if I want to do it next time I boot up PC. I click yes, but no matter how many times I boot up the PC it never does it! So it's a vicious circle going nowhere not allowing me to System Restore.
I was going to try SR in safe mode, but when I try to boot safe mode a long list of files loads and it says on the bottom "Please Wait" and it never ends up going into safe mode, just hangs.
So I'm at a lost what to do?

If someone could tell me how to find out the exact computer model number and vista type I could then post them. Any other information I need to provide? I read the sticky thread but it was a bit daunting O_O

Answer:Can't System Restore, Boot In Safe Mode, etc. Vista PC.

Hi and welcome to TSF please try check disk from the command line second option here and use the /f or /r command also try running sfc /scannow if you have a latop the model number will either be on the palm rest the bezel on your screen or the underside,if it is a tower there will be a sticker either on the front or the rear of the machine,your other info you can get by going to control panel, system

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My PC has developed a problem where, in order to either boot up or reboot, I have to boot to safe mode and then select a restore point in System Restore. It then doesn't matter which restore point I use, it then boots perfectly. Even using Norton Ghost to return to a point where I had done a fresh install of the OS, with just the main programs that I use installed, the problem exists, though it did not before I created that Ghost backup, and it didn't the first time I used it (this is the second time I have used that backup facility).

I've run the repair options on the Vista cd, which informs me that there is no repair to be done.

For the record, I am running Vista Home Premium x86. I know this seems a bit sketchy in detail at the moment, but if anyone out there can think of a way of identifying and solving the problem, it would be much appreciated.

Answer:Vista won't boot without using Safe Mode/System Restore

hi and welcome to TSG once you have logged into windows try running sfc /scnw and chkdsk

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In my Ult. Vistax64, Windows update hangs. I tried numerous fixes from Microsoft (MrFixIt) and others. nothing seems to fix it, including a full system image restore from a month ago.

System Restore also seems to have had its restore points deleted as there are only two recent saved restore points/images.

And I have noticed that after booting up, and perhaps at other times, my CPU usage goes to 100%. Both the Windows update service is running (wuauserv) - see pic - and when I stop it, CPU usage gets better.

what is a bit concerning is that my McAfee virus is also taking up CPU usage as if transfer activity over the internet is heavy. No viruses are found, either via real-time scanning or if I run a manual scan on the hard drives.

I have also run an sfc /scannow , there are a lot of PendingRenames, which seem to be from the sfc command fixing errors, as well as a lot of "duplicate ownership...", which is sort of scary to see when I have a problem with my computer.

Besides the failure of the windows Update, the SFC /scannow keeps finding corrupt files and repairing them, and it does not seem just limited to a few that "are erroneously marked as corrupt" and not a problem, according to research into these problems.
The computer seems to be working fine, but not being able to install updates is a problem, and the high CPU usage is suspicious. Any help would be appreciated.


Answer:Windows update hangs, SFC SCANNOW keeps finding corrupt files, restore points deleted

I attached my CBS logs but don't see them. try again...


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Automatic restore points are no longer being created in System restore on Vista laptop.
Manually created restore points disappear after a short time.
The following are the figures relating to System Restore;
Used Shadow Copy storage space 0 B
Allocated Shadow Copy storage space 0 B
Maximum Shadow Copy storage space 3 GB
Every time I try to increase the allocation the Maximum storage space increases but not
the allocation, and I get a message saying
Successfully resized the Shadow Copy storage association.
Would appreciate any help.

Answer:Automatic Restore Points No Longer Being Created In System Restore On Vista Laptop

I find this often happens when there are disk read errors. Try doing a chkdsk /r then retry creating a restore point.

Check Disk - chkdsk

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I have a desktop Windows 10 x64 machine that's been working fine for months/years. It was automatically updated from Win7 last year.

This morning I replaced the 2x4GB DDR3 memory with 2x8GB DDR3. This seemed to work though for some reason it works at 800MHz instead of the 1600MHz that the memory supports. The BIOS shows mem freq 1600 as expected. But this is the smaller issue. The PC worked booted fine.

When everything seemed to working as expected, I was still bothered by the slow startup and login times. Now with 16GB I had expected these times to improve.
I installed Windows SDK performance recording tool and set it to record the boot sequence and restarted the PC.

Windows failed to boot twice (UNEXPECTED KERNEL MODE TRAP) and went into the auto diagnostic repair mode. Restore just spins until I lose patience. I did manage to boot in safe mode and disable the recording. It did not help.

Running sfc/scannow "did not find any integrity violations".

I also managed to uninstall the Windows SDK/Perf Rec (by restarting the MSI service) - to no avail.

I ran the Windows memory test, but when it's done it reboots, the reboot fails, and I never did see the results.

I replaced the new RAM with the original ones, but this did not make any difference (BIOS setting are as they were originally).

I'm totally stumped!!

Please advise,


Answer:Windows 10 Fails Regular Boot, Safe Mode boot OK

Hello adish and welcome to TenForums

The recent crashes are all suggesting the ESET driver eamonm.sys might be a factor.

BugCheck 1000007F, {8, ffff84001fc88b30, ffff840020108000, fffff8019ea3b196}

*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for eamonm.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for eamonm.sys

Try uninstalling the ESET remote admin software and see if this helps.

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Firstly, I can only create manual restore points in System Restore but they usually disappear
overnight and, as a novice, I am at a loss to understand this.

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Hi!  All sorts of issues and I started posting in Malware Forum and was referred here by Myrti,
Here is the thread:

No Mouse or Keyboard in WIn 7/Only In Safe Mode
 I was updating my MB MS IZ87with MSI Live UPdate 6.  It loaded the BIOS properly, but after it updated Intel USB 3.0 driver 3.05.69, keyboard and mouse will not work in Win 7 only in safe modes. Inb safe mode, I now no longer have System Restore points visible or the tab for System Recovery under System Properties.  I am unable to scan with Avast and have a message that Windows Security Center Service cannot be started.  I ran current version of Malwarebytes and it did not pick up any problems.  I have Winpatrol and it does not show anything either.
When I use F8 the computer does not give me System Recovery options.  My Win 7 disc when I try to use Sytem Reovery gives me an error saying its thge wrong version (its not)
This is a highlight of the last 8 hours chatting with Myrti on the other thread.  She suggested I come to this forum for help...
I am hopeful that one of you can walk me through what I need to do.

Answer:Cannot Use Recovery from Disc/No Restore Points/Mouse Keyboard in Safe Mode Only

Look at the back of your motherboard. According to the specs you have 4 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports. The USB 3 ports are marked blue while the USB 2 ports black. If  you keyboard and mouse are in the blue ports move them to the black USB 2 ports.
If that works, go to device manager and look for your USB 3 controller. Right click it and select Properties. Under the Driver tab select Roll back Driver.

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Can deleting them create any system problem in future?

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I start up my computer just this day when I hear a strange clunking sound. Fearing some damage, I immediately press and hold the power button to shut it down. I start up the computer again to make sure it wasn't a one time occurance. It does it again and I repeat the same procedure.

Then I go open the case, clean out all the fans and the case with some compressed air, and put it back together.

However, it won't boot up now. It comes to a screen that basically asks if you'd like to startup in safe mode, regular, or last configuration that worked. All of the options take me to a dark grey screen where nothing happens and I must restart (safe mode for some reason restarts with a touch of a key, the others are manual).

Now I pop in my windows cd and try to boot from it and it gets stuck on "Setup is loading files (Kernel Debugger DLL)..."

Another information tidbit that may be of use: When I start up my computer, at one point it says:

Serial_Ch0 Master: No Device
Serial_Ch1 Master: No Device

Also, I believe my hard drive is fine. It passed the SMART test and the computer seems to realize it's there. It just doesn't seem to boot to it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Windows won't boot in regular, safe, or from CD

I agree, you've got hardware problems and it is prolly the HD. First, it seems the problem is with the SATA drive channels. Is your system set to boot from SATA drives ?

"Clunking" is bad. The only way I can imagine a "clunking" sound is if there is a fan flopping around in there. Perhaps you've overstated the "deepness" and/or "loudness" of the sound ?

HD's can sometimes make "big" sounds, and that is always bad.

Check the cabling, and make sure everything is secure. Perhaps you will get lucky and discover a cable has sprung loose and got whipped around by a fan.

First thing to do to check the HD's is to verify that they (or it) is being "seen" in the BIOS. If it's not there, there is no point in messing with Windows as it cannot recognize or utilize a HD that is not recognized in BIOS.


If it's not recognized in BIOS, there is little to do other than verify that it is configured & connected properly, and that the cable is not bad in some way.

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Hi all,

We were recently having issues with the new versions of Silverlight. My girlfriend tried to download an older version. Apparently the sight she tried to download it from was rogue. I tried to uninstall it (Silverlight) without success. I thought if I went into safe mode, I might be able to get rid of it that way. However, I was not able to boot into safe mode. The computer just went to black screen. I was able to reboot in normal mode by turning off the computer and restarting so I went into msconfig and checked the system boot box in an effort to force reboot in safe mode. Now it wont boot in normal or safe mode. (black screen) If i could uncheck the system boot box, the computer would not be trying to boot into safe mode, so it seems Iím stuck there. Any thoughts?

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Whenever I try to boot into xp, one of two things happens.
I try to boot into normal mode or last known good config, and it goes to the login screen, I click on my account, it shows just the desktop, no icons, just the wallpaper, and then goes back to the login screen.
This repeats everytime I click on my account login.

When I try to boot it into safe mode, it flashes something about realtek boot and asks me to hit shift and some other variety of keys but then it disappears as soon as I have a chance to fully read it, it just loops back to the mode select screen, I don't even get to the login screen.

What should I do?

Answer:can't boot into regular or safe mode

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My fiance's computer randomly crashed while he was renaming files. He didn't install any new software or add any new hardware just before this problem occurred. The computer is a Dell Inspiron 530. It's running Vista Home Premium 32-bit. It has 4 gb of ram installed (which has been in the computer for approximately a year now).

Upon restarting the computer, Windows tried to start, and when he logged on, it told him there was limited functionality. Programs wouldn't start, and it gave him messages about all of the startup programs that would not run. He restarted again, and it won't even go to the log in screen now. It will go to a blue screen with "STOP: C0000218 {Registry File Failure} Registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log of alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writable."

From there we have tried booting into Safe Mode, where it will just restart. (We did manage to get into it once somehow, and he tried system restore, but upon restarting, it said that it could not complete the restore process.)

We also tried booting using the Last Known Good Configuration, but that still didn't work.

We ran Startup Repair from the computer which gave the following message: "Root cause found unspecified changes to the system configuration might have caused the problem. Error code = 0x2", as well as "Error code 0x4005".

We used the Vista Reinstallation CD we received from Dell when purc... Read more

Answer:Cannot boot vista, chkdsk /f or/r, restore, safe mode, last known good config, or repair

No need to help now. Just reinstalled Vista instead. Working ok now. Thanks anyway.

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As the title says,Windows Vista SP 2 will not boot on a Dell Inspiron desktop computer.  As Vista is going out of service in a few days, a friend asked me to upgrade the system to Windows 10.  Stupidly and regretfully I did NOT perform a system backup.  (BTW however, I have installed a minimal Windows 10 on another hard drive on this same computer and it works fine, which should prove that the hardware is OK.)
Specs are:Pentium CPU, 3GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive of which about 300 GB are reported to be free.  
I have tried every possible technique I could find to attempt to repair it, including running Startup Repair and attemping to roll back to a previous Restore Point,attempting to boot into SAFE mode, and from the Windows Vista Repair Disc running bootrec.exe /FIXMBR, bootrec.exe /FIXBOOT, as well as  CHKDSK /F /X C: from the command line.
After the computer is turned on, the green and black Microsoft Corporation logo comes up and runs for some time, before giving up and going to Startup Repair.  (This has been tried numerous times).
By the way, I am a retired computer support professional with experience with various versions of UNIX, as well as experience with Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP, Mac OS X, mainframes, etc.  I am comfortable working from the command line and with scripting etc.
I would appreciate help in getting the system to boot.  Thanks.

Answer:Windows Vista Won't Boot - Can't Use Safe Mode, Startup Repair or Restore Point

If upgrading to Windows 10 why not pull the personal data with a live linux disk to a USB external drive then do a clean install of Windows 10? A Vista computer cannot be upgraded to Windows 10 as far as I know, only from Windows 7 and 8.

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I start up my computer just this day when I hear a strange clunking sound. Fearing some damage, I immediately press and hold the power button to shut it down. I start up the computer again to make sure it wasn't a one time occurance. It does it again and I repeat the same procedure.

Then I go open the case, clean out all the fans and the case with some compressed air, and put it back together. The noise is gone.

However, it won't boot up now. It comes to a screen that basically asks if you'd like to startup in safe mode, regular, or last configuration that worked. All of the options take me to a dark grey screen where nothing happens and I must restart (safe mode for some reason restarts with a touch of a key, the others are manual).

Now I pop in my windows cd and try to boot from it and it gets stuck on "Setup is loading files (Kernel Debugger DLL)..."

Another information tidbit that may be of use: When I start up my computer, at one point it says:

Serial_Ch0 Master: No Device
Serial_Ch1 Master: No Device

Also, I believe my hard drive is fine. It passed the SMART test and the computer seems to realize it's there. It just doesn't seem to boot to it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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The BSOD states:
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
Tech Info:
STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF789E524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I had a number of infections that spybot and malwaybytes found and fixed, McAfee didn't find anything. I kept looking around for some of my same issues that still persisted, all files hidden, administrator tools empty, cannot run a system restore. I came across your forum that referenced one of my issues and I downloaded combofix, ran it and while it was running the BSOD came up. I tried to reboot in safe mode but still receive BSOD.

At this moment I am runnig ckdsk /r from the recovery console.

I orginally posted in malware forum but I think I need to resolve the boot issue before I can address any malware issues, is that correct?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:BSOD cannot boot in regular or safe mode

If the chkdsk doesn't help which it might.

7B is often associated with SATA drivers. If you can find your SATA configuration in BIOS, it might be worth a try to set it to ATA or IDE emulation.

If you give the model of computer or motherboard we might be able to figure out where the setting would be in BIOS. Usually it is under Drives or something like that.

I'm not sure that the setting switch on a running OS will help but it couldn't hurt to give it a quick try.

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5 year old ACER desktop. XP SP3, auto updates on.

Boots to password, then hangs at what appears to be differnt places after that. does not load items in bar.

I did system restore to a month ago and it did the same thing.

It will boot to safe mode. I can acces internet in safemode.

I feel like something is corrupt in the programs that start up , but I dont know. I think the hardware is fine because we boot in safe mode.

The virus pgm does not come up. I tried to install avast but while it appears to be installed it will not start. ( I dont know if is safe mode issue or some sneaky virus preventing )

I am thinking I should put hard drive into another machine and scan the drive for viruses. but hat to do that if I dont have to. but I woudl do that before randomly uninstalling things.

any suggestions?

Answer:safe boot ok hangs on regular boot

I would install Malwarebytes and see if that will run. If not, consider a web based scanner since you are online with internet although they might not work.

UBCD can create a bootable CD that you can run tools from. Frankly short of formatting, this is where you want to be:

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This is baffling me to no end. I can boot up fine in safe mode, and with networking. But I still manage to get a BSOD not too long into the session. I managed to capture a video of it and in the Technical information of the blue screen it said "STOP: 0X0000007E (0XC0000005, 0X81CB6169, 0X807F09BC, 0X807F05AO)", not sure if that's of any use... I've also uploaded the minidump file if you can use that information.

The other issue is the OS doesn't load at all in normal boot. It'll show the windows logo animation screen, then go black, and do nothing until I hit the power button. These problems started arising not long after I installed W7 onto the computer (acer aspire, amd athlon 3800+ CPU, installed a dedicated nvidia 9700 gt card overtop of the dedicated one (the problem was there still before that), 1.5 gig of ram).

If anyone could please help me with this it'd be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Answer:BSOD on Safe mode - No load on Regular boot

10 memory dumps - 6 different STOP errors, 5 different drivers blamed

I would suspect that there's a compatibility or a hardware issue here.
The most likely problem is with your wireless USB adapter as the driver is dated from 2006.

Please uninstall the software for your wireless USB adapter and see if that stops the BSOD's. If so, then either download the latest, Win7 driver for the USB adapter or (if there isn't a Win7 driver) purchase a new adapter. I'd suggest a PCI/PCIe adapter that plugs into your motherboard (rather than a USB adapter) as they have less problems than the USB one's.

Summary of the BSOD's:


Built by: 7600.16539.x86fre.win7_gdr.100226-1909
Debug session time: Wed Apr 28 21:13:01.352 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:01:43.052
BugCheck A, {5d42a941, 2, 1, 8287e028}
Probably caused by : ntkrpamp.exe ( nt!KiTryUnwaitThread+46 )
Built by: 7600.16539.x86fre.win7_gdr.100226-1909
Debug session time: Wed Apr 28 18:58:32.420 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:01:08.920
PROCESS_NAME: iexplore.exe
Built by: 7600.16539.x86fre.win7_gdr.100226-1909
Debug session time: Wed Apr 28 18:56:48.967 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:04:23.666
BugCheck A, {76bcd2e9, 2, 1, 82c1e839}
Probably cause... Read more

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This is baffling me to no end. I can boot up fine in safe mode, and with networking. But I still manage to get a BSOD not too long into the session. I managed to capture a video of it and in the Technical information of the blue screen it said "STOP: 0X0000007E (0XC0000005, 0X81CB6169, 0X807F09BC, 0X807F05AO)", not sure if that's of any use... I've also uploaded the minidump file if you can use that information.

The other issue is the OS doesn't load at all in normal boot. It'll show the windows logo animation screen, then go black, and do nothing until I hit the power button. These problems started arising not long after I installed W7 onto the computer (acer aspire, amd athlon 3800+ CPU, installed a dedicated nvidia 9700 gt card overtop of the dedicated one (the problem was there still before that), 1.5 gig of ram).

If anyone could please help me with this it'd be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Answer:BSOD on Safe mode - No load on Regular boot

Try this:

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

System Repair Disc - Create
System Recovery Options
Repair Install

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I have dual boot with Xp and windows 7.when i log into my Xp all the restore points being deleted from windows 7.
when i check the disk management information in 7 it shows windows 7 create a logical drive with my Xp primary drive.even i am hide the drive from both windows means Xp drive from windows 7 and vice verse.
So i like to unmount or remove the drive partition of windows 7 from Xp and Xp primary from windows 7.So that they dont affect each others system files with being deleted the partitions.
So suggest some software or cmd commands to do that.
thanks in advance

Answer:Restore points missing from windows 7 after i boot in Xp(dual boot)

Hello Ari, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to prevent your restore points in Windows 7 from getting deleted every time you startup XP.

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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Yesterday I started getting the "Congratulations, you won" audio as well as some other adverts randomly playing without any popups or browsers open. I tried a series of malware removals (Malwarebytes, spybot seek and destroy) I got hijackthis and tried to look for out of place items by matching with others posts. Anyways, did all that and then then ran an antivirus scan (AVG free) and went to bed. When I woke up I was at the Start windows normal/safe/safe with network/last known screen so I went to last known. When I did that, it never booted just goes to the windows logo and then blue screens saying memory issue or update BIOS. Tried to boot in safe mode, same story. When I run the diagnostics test it says "Error loading operating system." All remedies online so far require getting online (computer wont start) and downloading BIOS updatesHELP!!!

Answer:Congratulations virus now cannot boot (regular or safe mode) I get the BSOD

Hi, figsahaas42 It seems that the issue is related to the Master Boot Record due to the Whistler Trojan. You will need the Windows VISTA Installation DVD to fix this. Please be advise that there is always a slight possibility that you may lose your Data repairing the Master Boot Record.You must access the Vista Recovery Environment throughout the Vista installation DVD.At the Install Windows screen, select Repair your computer. Then the command prompt.Type the following command at the prompt, then hit Enter.bootrec /fixmbrOnce finished, type Exit and press Enter. Restart the computer in Normal Mode.

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Curious where the issues could be. I posted last night that when I was trying to run DISM or SFC a small second window would appear and close and then the processs would not start at all. It would just sit there and do nothing. The other thing is I could not close those cmd windows where sfc and dism were not working even via task manager. I was going to do a reset of windows, but I thought I would give something one last try. I booted into safe mode with networking and dism and sfc ran perfectly and completed. I am at work right now. I haven't tried to go to desktop on regular boot. I was going to do a couple more sfc dism when I got home to make sure things were fixed. My question is what could cause dism and or sfc to run perfectly in safe mode, but not on regular boot?

Answer:Strange-DISM SFC work in safe mode, but not in regular boot?

Run as Admin ??

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Have a laptop here that was virus infected. AVG pro removed 157 viruses including trojans. Now windows crashes after windows 7 icon. Restore last setting just runs and runs with no completion. Safe mode gets only so far in loading drivers and then reboots (suspiciously stops at the AVG driver, hangs and reboots). There is no restore disks for this laptop. Is there a way to stop certain drivers from loading during safe mode? Any help or guidance is appreciated.

Answer:Remove viruses and now windows won't boot regular or in safe mode

157 virus? It's seem that avg is not working well or you make something wrong.
Try these steps,in this order,
Advanced Boot Options
System Restore
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
Then if its possible remove avg and use this Good and Free system security combination.

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I did a system restore back to yesterday and then tried to revert back to before I did the restore, i.e. undo the last restore. Trying that and every other restore point before resulted in a message that the restore failed for an unknown reason. Has anyone else found this?Second question- unlike in XP I cant find anyway to increase the amount of disc space you reserve for system restore, am I missing it? Thanks

Answer:Restore Points in Vista

second question click here

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Could someone please tell me how to get my C drive space back? I'm 100gigs short, I've been installing major programs, 30giggers and lots of them, for a few months now.

My hard drive is shrinking.

Answer:Vista Restore Points

If you are sure that your computer is in good shape you can delete all but the current restore points by:
goto start|accessories|system tools|disk cleanuo|more options|system restore and select clean up.

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I'm having a bit of trouble with my video card, and decided to do a restore point to help diagnose the issue, only to find I have no restore points.

I recently (3 or 4 months ago) rebuilt this system because of a hosed Vista Business install where, you guessed it, there were no restore points. When I rebuilt it, I installed Vista Ultimate, the later release with SP1 included. It is the default boot on my dual boot system, the 2nd OS is XP Pro SP3. The mainboard is a Gigabyte running a 965 chipset and an Intel E6700 CPU with 2GB of Crucial RAM. I have multiple drives, and multiple partitions on these drives, with tons of extra space on each partition.

Vista is set to create restore points only on the Vista boot partition.

I went ahead and created a restore point so I could at least repair any damage I did while messing with my video drivers (Nvidia 6600GT). After a couple reboots, the new restore point was also missing.

I saw a question posted earlier on this same subject and at least one responder implied a dual boot system may be an issue, but the thought was not completed.

Any suggestions?

Answer:There are no restore points on my Vista PC

Hi. . .

Yes, when you boot XP, it will wipe the Vista VSS restore points out.

Here is a workaround from Microsoft-

Regards. . .


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Hello everyone!

My friend just gave me her laptop to fix(does this happen to anyone else???). The laptop is an Acer Extensa 5620-6830 here are the specs

Intel Core 2 Duo T5250
200 GB HDD
Windows Vista Home Premium

I power on the notebook and it goes through the POST, then begins to load Vista. After about 21/2 minutes it reboots and goes through the whole process over again.

The next time I booted the computer up it exclaimed, Windows failed to load - Choose to either 1.) Start in recovery mode or 2.) start windows normally. I select recovery mode and it gets past the windows loading screen; but then it just displays a black screen. Nothing ever happens.... reboot.

Then I try to boot to safe mode, thinking maybe there is a faulty driver causing the crash. It seems to load all the windows files, but then *BAM* BSOD.... system reboots. I'm not sure how to get to the minidumps if i can't even power up the computer.

Further, any mode from the F8 list crashes the same way.

And now for the worst part, she told me she purchased the machine at a retail giant, whose name I won't mention. She claims that there was never any disks that came with the laptop. No Windows Vista startup cd :/

I'm not sure what to do now.... any ideas?


Answer:Vista Fails to load, Regular/Safe/Recovery Mode all fail

I was able to disable the automatic restart on system crash. (I didn't see it in the options after I pressed F8)



I did some research on the error. It appears I need to run the chkdsk utility. Is it possible, b / c I can't get into windows, to create a boot disk which will run chkdsk? or is that a dumb question?

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Hello, I have a problem with Vista not making restore points, while doing a system check on a Vista laptop I noticed that the restore points that I had set some time ago were not working, also the system would not allow me to set restore points. If I try to set a restore point I get the message: Restore point could not be created for the following reason: The volume shadow copy provider is not registered in the system (0x80042304). In 'services' both the "Volume shadow copies" and "Windows backup" are set as 'started' and 'automatic'. I have Avast Internet Security on the system which has been uninstalled and re-installed on the advice of one of their 'service techs', which made no difference at all.
Has anyone got any ideas?.

Answer:Cannot set restore points in Vista Premium

Worth a look, .

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when i try to restore,i have no restore points.when i try to create,it creates ,but will only restore to current time.Plusmy view on my pc blows up images to alice in wonderland keeps asking me to install the same windows updates.i install but they don't seem to take there some way to correct the errors on my pc.

Answer:windows vista no restore points

I don't know if you've messed with the System Restore settings or if your system is infected. Some viruses disable System Restore or delete Restore points as a way to protect itself from removal. I suggest you run a full virus/malware scan from safe mode.If your pictures are huge, it's probably because they're being displayed as the actual size rather than being fitted to the monitor screen by your imaging software. All you need to do is change the setting. You didn't state which program you're using to view the pictures so I can help you with that. If the pictures are digital camera photos, many people never change the camera settings & take photos using the full capacity of the camera. For example, the horizontal pixels of a picture taken with a 14MP camera will be over 4000p. If your monitor display is 1920 x 1080, the horizontal width of the picture would be over twice the width of the monitor.

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HP Pavilion dv6500 Notebook PC
Model #:HP dv6636nr
Vista Home Premium SP2
32-bit OS
AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-58 1.90GHz
2GB Ram
C drive is 140GB with 3.06GB Free... partition D drive listed as HP_Recovery is 8.42GB with 1.80GB Free so something resides there...
Laptop does not show any restore points listed in system restore other than an uninstall of Adobe Reader v8.2 which I just did...
I used to have regular restore points listed over time... any help would be appreciated... Thanks

Answer:Vista-HP-Lost all Restore Points

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Automatic restore points in vista, in available disk says: searching.  then 2 minutes later computes freezes. Antivirus cannot download, because is looking for recent restore point.
I try to download antivirus, and in 3 minutes computer freezes too.
Anybody experience in this?
Done all cleaning, and try a lot of ideas. Getting close to the fix...
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Your shadow volume copies may have become corrupted.  We can try deleting all of the existing restore points and see if that will help, but all of your restore points will be gone at that point.
Are you trying to use System Restore to restore to a previous state where your computer worked better? Are you having issues on the computer?  

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Can anyone advise why, even though my services are correctly set, my restore points keep disappearing?I have not deleted them myself using cleanmgr.exe, I have had no virus or malware infections, no blue screens of death nor anything else untoward.I realise Windows System Restore is a very poor piece of programming, but I have tried Acronis, Macrium and Paragon and each of them fails every time to make an image of the Windows partition, reporting an inability to read from the disk.I use Vista HP SP2 and have all updates installed. However, I am left without ANY MEANS to protect my programs and data

Answer:Why do my vista restore points vanish?

Until you get this sorted install ERUNT (freebie). This at least allows you to save and restore registries, which seem to be the reason for most problems.Please come back and let us know how you got on.

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My Vista computer keeps mysteriously dumping restore points, I know this is the case because I purposely create restore points, from time to time, But when I actually need to use "System Restore" it will tell me that no restore points have been created, I find this incredibly annoying. I'm sorry if this is a familiar problem, but I have searched the "Tech Support Guy" forum, and I couldn't find any answers. Please help.

Answer:Vista Dumping Restore points.

could be just that you are filling your HD up check to see available space, go to C drive and it will say how big etc (start , my computer C drive) disable re boot then reenable system restore, only set it for a low amount ( make sure C drive is ticked)

if this works great if not go to start type services.msc right click it and run as administrator , look though services to ensure system restore is enabled and on auto start

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i went to do a system restore to go back a week but they have all disappeared. how do i get them back if possible.

Answer:lost my restore points on VISTA

You probably can't, so I suggest you make another now.Check there is sufficient disk space or Vista will fail to create a restore point.

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I'm using XPSP2 and Firefox.

Am hopeful someone will reply quick.

And sometimes it freezes...mouse and keyboard. Sometimes hitting Reset will cause a reboot--to one or the other Restore Points. Or nothing happens. Sometimes shutting it down with the power button and then turning it on again will cause a reboot. Sometimes that doesn't work. Trying again to restart after a 2-minute wait has worked. The other day I hi-lit a date in Word and then it froze and I had to use the power switch to get out of being frozen. Things are very inconsistent. Once it's up and running, I can do anything: access email, send emails, get into the registry, add/delete programs, run programs. But sooner or later it freezes and then one way or anotherl I get it going...but again which restore it takes me to is a gamble. System Restore tells me that my restore points are non-existent, but I suspect they ARE there but just not listed in the system restore calendar.

What do I need to do to fix it? I can be more specific/detailed if that would help

Answer:XP on boot is alternating by itself between 2 restore points

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I have just realised, as was the case with dual booting 7 and XP for instance, when all restore points on 7 were deleted after booting to XP, so it is with a dual boot of 8 and 7

If you boot into 7, all restore points on 8 are deleted.

If you have like me a triple boot with 8, 7 and XP, although 8 is installed on a separate drive, the restore points are still deleted when booting into 7 OR indeed into XP

Please see my screenshots
1. The registry edit with new key is in 7 to prevent restore points being deleted in 8 - when booting into 7. THE edit is in the earlier O/S registry NOT in 8 and the \J is the drive letter where 8 is installed.
2. The edit in XP with the TWO entries \DosDevices\F: and \J one preventing points being deleted in 7 and the other in 8

IF you are dual booting 8 and 7 THIS IS DONE in regedit in 7
SO in regedit you go to HKEY Local Machine System
You scroll to Mounted Devices
You create a new key Offline by right clicking on Mounted devices and clicking new and key
You then create by clicking on the main pane NEW and DWord
\DosDevices\X: (where X is the driver letter of the Windows 8 O/S)
You then right click DosDevices and click modify - you then type 1 in the value

If like me you have a triple boot then it is also necessary to regedit in XP
where you then have those entries for the drive with 7 and the drive with 8.

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My firewall (verizon) pops up messages with numerous progs trying to access the internet (here are a few... 25vj7Q.exe d0vTE1Im.exe R3IR2wkb.exe NmNva775.exe). From safe mode, I ran SuperAntispyware, Spybot, Malwarebytes, Combofix, MGTools, then HiJack this.
They remove numerous things, mostly trojans. I reboot into safe, and scan again...everything comes through clean.
I reboot into regular windows and scan...clean. Then within a few hours (sometimes minutes) I start getting infected again, firewall is activated, and rescan reveals virus.
Please help! I've been trying to fix this for days!

Attached are the MGtools log, hijackthis log and combofix log.

Answer:Trojan infection. 'Clean' in safe mode, but in regular boot, theyre back! HELP

Hello vthokieod,

SuperAntispyware, MalwarebytesClick to expand...

Do you have the logs from these programs available to post?

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My desktop will not load when I boot regular, even if I leave it for like 15-20 minutes, if I leave it longer it may but I don't have the patience.
It will boot no problem in safe mode which I am using right now.

I have all of the logs here but for some reason couldn't get the malware bytes log, it saved an XML version, I thought I would be able to export it after I restarted my computer, I guess not.

Answer:desktop doesn't load in regular boot, but works fine in safe mode

I am probably going to send you to the software forum. But first, rerun Hitman and have it remove all that it found.

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My desktop will not load when I boot regular, even if I leave it for like 15-20 minutes, if I leave it longer it may boot but I don't have the patience.
It will boot no problem in safe mode which I am using right now.

also can not uninstall many programs


Answer:desktop doesn't load in regular boot, but works fine in safe mode

blackscreen said:

My desktop will not load when I boot regular, even if I leave it for like 15-20 minutes, if I leave it longer it may boot but I don't have the patience.
It will boot no problem in safe mode which I am using right now.

also can not uninstall many programs

thanks.Click to expand...

What's the exact make and model of the computer and what version (including Service Pack) of Windows are you using?

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Okay, so this morning I turned on my desktop computer, and I got a blue screen with an error message. I don't know why this happened, yesterday it was working fine. Here's part of the message:

STOP: c0000218 {Registry file failure} the registry cannot load the hive (file): \systemRoot\System32\config\sam

I rebooted my computer, and it said something about turning off wrong, and gave me options to either boot into safe mode, restart normally, or restart at the time that worked normally. All of them lead to the same error mesage with the blue screen.

I did a little research on this error, and found a microsoft help page about it:
Instead of using the recovery console from the CD, I used my computer's recovery console (everytime I reboot, it gives me an option to go into the recovery console or continue normally, so I entered that recovery console, thinking it was the same as the CD's recovery console...) I followed the steps listed, typing in all of these:
md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\wi... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Corrupted and missing registry/system files, can't boot into regular or safe

Place the cd in the drive then shut down the computer. As you are booting up the computer tap f8 to select the boot menu, select the cd drive. It should boot to a screen that has a few options the best of which (if no data is important to you) is to format the hard drive and do a clean install. However if you would like to try and fix the current installation you will chose repair install.

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I somehow got a Trojan on my computer running windows 7, stupid Mcafee some help you are. At first I kept getting a warning that my computer was infected when I tried to access Internet Explorer. So I restarted my computer in safe mode to try to turn off any unneeded processes that could be causing the problem and to do a system restore but the only thing that would come up was my libraries they automatically popped up my music/pictures/video nothing else no desktop background, icons, start menu, task bar... nothing! Thank god I can at least retrieve all my documents and files. Same applied when I tried to just do a regular start up is there anything I can do other than to reformat:cry? This one really has me stumped

Answer:Can only access libraries Photo/Video/Documents in safe mode and regular boot

Can you bring up task manager in either safe or normal mode? If you can, you can start a new process and type in explorer. See if that gets your desktop back.

You can try creating this disc and then booting the infected computer to it:
Kaspersky Rescue Disk.

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Now I'm the first to admit I have little knowledge about such things but something on my multi-boot system is wiping my main OS Vista's restore points.

The only things that are new are Windows 8 Pro RTM as the 5th of 5 booting systems and the latest edition of Diskeeper Pro installed on Vista itself.

The reason I'm asking this is that people who have been around for a while will recall how those of us multi-booting XP with Vista and 7 had to do fiddles to stop XP from deleting their restore points, so am wondering if anyone else has noticed this?

I have 100gb devoted to the VSS on C: so there's no reason why restore points should vanish.

I'm not hugely worried about it but nevertheless curious.

Answer:Is Windows 8 Deleting Vista Restore Points?

Ignore: It was the new Diskeeper 12's automatic defragmenter that was not only preventing creation of new restore points but was demolishing any existing ones. As soon as I turned it off voila, everything turned back to normal. Strangely a manual defragmentation doesn't have the same deleterious effect nor does automatic defragmentation on the other volumes, only the one on which the software itself is installed, quite bizarre.
I've opened a ticket with Condusiv Technologies about it.

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In Vista, SystemRestore is set by default, to delete restore points after roughly 136 years !

Normally Windows uses up to 15 percent of a drive?s available space to save restore points. In XP, the option to change this figure was configurable from the System Restore tab of the System Properties dialog box. But sadly this option is no longer offered in Vista.

But you can do so as follows :
Open regedit and go to
SystemRestore\Cfg Double-click the DiskPercent.
The default is f (in hexadecimal) which is 15 in decimal. For making it say 10% type 'a'

Now again, how frequently you'd like to have your SystemRestore points auto-created can also b configured as follows :
Open regedit and go to
You can change the value RPGlobalInterval from its default setting of 86,400 seconds (24 hours) to, say, 43200 (a8c0) if u want it created every 12 hrs.

As and how your new restore points get created, the older ones get deleted due to the available space constraint.

Otherwise by default, in Vista, SystemRestore is set to delete restore points after roughly 4,294,967,295 seconds or 136 years, which was a mere 90 days in XP ! The idea apparently, is to delete them only when absolutely necessary due to space constraint!!! But err...136 years !!!

But if you'd like to, you can also change this interval too. Change the value of RPLife... Read more

Answer:Vista's System Restore Points set to delete after 136 yrs !

anandk said:

In Vista, SystemRestore is set by default to delete restore points after roughly 136 years !Click to expand...

Maybe by then Service Pack 1 will be out.

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vista restore points keep disappearing - sometimes the next day, sometimes the same day w/o rebooting -
really- this morning the size of the sys volume information folder was 800 mb - now it's 20 kb!
of course sys restore says there are no restore points available

no it's not a dual boot setup
and no i'm not low on disk space

dont know if this is related or not but there is constant hard drive activity since i installed vista
even with indexing turned off

Answer:Solved: vista restore points keep disappearing

update: i had found a tweak on the net to manually set the size limit of system restore (i set it to 2GB) - i played around with the limits and noticed sometimes a single restore point was over 3 gigs!
humm- could be that if the size limit is smaller than the restore point the whole restore is dumped - guess i assumed vista would 'trim it to fit'...
can't see why you need over 3 gigs for a single day but it seems to work now (i set it to 10GB)
the tweak:
vssadmin resize shadowstorage /On=C: /For=C: /Maxsize=10.0GB

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I am running Windows Vista Home Premium on an Advent 8109, and periodically lose all of my System restore points, which rather defeats the object of having System Restore. The other day, there were a number of restore points present (including some more than 5 days old) when I created a new point prior to installing the latest version of Nero. Nero 8 did not run correctly (a problem subsequently solved by Nero technical support). I ran System Restore to return to the pre-installation state, but was unable to return because only one restore point was listed - System: Scheduled Checkpoint. Subsequent restore points are being retained.

Has anybody else experienced this? System restore always worked well with XP. It is very frustrating to be unable to rely on the retention of restore points.

Answer:Loss of System Restore points in Vista

Are you, by any chance, dual booting with XP?

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Hello, If I create a restore point using Vista, how do I access that using IBM Rescue and Recovery (R&R)? I recently had a situation where Vista would not boot-up and the only thing I could do is to use an old backup. Are Windows Vista backups available in R&R if Windows itself does not boot. It appears that a shelf version of Vista comes with Windows Recovery Environment that gives you access to the command prompt so you could edit the registry to delete any offending entries but I do not know how to get to the Windows Recovery Environment  within R&R and not having the Vista DVD. Thanks, Manish

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My restore points are supposed to be automatic, and they aren't. I have to manually go in and set the restore point every day or anytime I make a change. I use Vista Ultimate 64 bit solely, no dual boot. When I read the help on Vista it says it is set by default to auto record restore points, and it has not done one! What do I need to do to fix this?

Answer:Vista Ultimate 64 bit auto restore points

Hi KbGeek,

Welcome to the forum.

You might check and see if this will help you.

- How to Change the Frequency of the Automatic System Restore Point in Vista


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Been having a problem with my browser and I feel there's some sort of adware in my system, but I've fully scanned my entire system completely using Norton 360 several times and I haven't had any luck. I also looked through installed programs in the control panel and went deleting all programs that I didn't need, didn't know, and didn't like the sound of, but that still wasn't the solution. So now i've decided that the next best thing to do was use system restore, only to find that for some reason I haven't got any system restore points at all, which I find weird since restore points should be saved daily. I've checked that system restore is turned on and so is time management so I don't see why system restore points aren't being created.

So there it is, 2 problems:
1) Adware that I can't remove
2) System restore points not being created (automatically)

Any Suggestions?

Answer:Windows Vista System Restore Points

Are you by chance dual booting with another OS?

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Ok, so my laptop (a Sager notebook) has Windows 7 Home Premium installed on it. For the past month or so, whenever I shutdown it'll say installing update 1 of 1 and then when I go to reboot, it will say applying updates x out of 35,xxx. Well, it'll always fail and I'll have to do a system recovery. Yesterday, I forgot to plug my pc into the power source and it died in the middle of the updates it does at boot. Now, it'll say updating 2 of 35,xxx and then I have the option of doing system recovery. That doesn't work at all. Neither does trying to use a restore point. They all say failed to extract a file D:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\en-US\hmmapi.dll.mui from the restore point. I've tried deleting that individual file (not sure if that was a good idea), but it says the file path doesn't exist. I've tried chkdsk on D, but that doesn't fix the problem either. Can't do a sfc /scannow because a system recovery is in process and I'm told to reboot, but that just continues in a cycle. I'm having my mom send me the recovery disk, and I hope that can help. I have no options left except to attempt to use Ubuntu Live, boot from the disc, transfer whatever info I want to keep, and then do a reinstall. Anyone have any helpful suggestions? Not having the best weekend and I'm at my wits end :/

Answer:Not able to boot. no help from system recovery or restore points

Quote: Originally Posted by EmDubYa

Ok, so my laptop (a Sager notebook) has Windows 7 Home Premium installed on it. For the past month or so, whenever I shutdown it'll say installing update 1 of 1 and then when I go to reboot, it will say applying updates x out of 35,xxx. Well, it'll always fail and I'll have to do a system recovery. Yesterday, I forgot to plug my pc into the power source and it died in the middle of the updates it does at boot. Now, it'll say updating 2 of 35,xxx and then I have the option of doing system recovery. That doesn't work at all. Neither does trying to use a restore point. They all say failed to extract a file D:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\en-US\hmmapi.dll.mui from the restore point. I've tried deleting that individual file (not sure if that was a good idea), but it says the file path doesn't exist. I've tried chkdsk on D, but that doesn't fix the problem either. Can't do a sfc /scannow because a system recovery is in process and I'm told to reboot, but that just continues in a cycle. I'm having my mom send me the recovery disk, and I hope that can help. I have no options left except to attempt to use Ubuntu Live, boot from the disc, transfer whatever info I want to keep, and then do a reinstall. Anyone have any helpful suggestions? Not having the best weekend and I'm at my wits end :/

For clarification, are you stating there are over 35,000 updates?

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Does anyone have a real solution to get W7 to stop deleting W8 restore points? The registry update like what was done for XP does not work.

Answer:W7 deleting W8 restore Points when in dual boot.

That is interesting, it is the other way round for me. Win 7 shadow copies are deleted.

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This computer is about 5 years old, which i don't think is that old but maybe if it's poor quality...

Anyway, is there any chance i can fix it from BSOD??? with no repair disk and no restore points.

I am currently using it to post this, from safe mode with networking. so it still works in safe mode, but when it boots to normal mode i get Blue screen.

please help!!! this is my favorite computer... i dont want to lose it

Answer:Vista problem- no repair disk, no restore points... is this the end? :(

BSOD's are usually caused by a driver issue or an startup program. First try a clean boot. If that works, try adding one startup item until it does not boot any longer. If it continues to BSOD, If you continue to have problems then follow these instructions and post in that section of the forum:

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Hi,Using diskeeper I found it deleted all my restore points so I uninstaled and ran the vista defrag programme same problem.Does anyone know how to solve this?ThanksSteve

Answer:Vista Home defragmenting deletes restore points

Have you changed your Shadow Copy Storage ?If you have reduced this to such a small amount,SR will not retain all restore points,it is just not possible.Just reading through Google,and a lot is said about Diskeeper deleting restore points,however there is no valid reason why this would happen (not that i could find).I would suggest you change your shadow storage allocation and create a new restore point immediately-download a small legit program and install this,then reboot the computer and see if SR is working...maybe run DK and see if it still removes SR points.How to adjust your Shadow Copy Storage allocation click here

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I am using Vista Home Premium, and my Restore Points are all deleted every 2 to 3 days. HP support had me dismantle all unnecessary services on start-up, and this stopped them from being deleted every time I shut down. But they only stay for 3 or 4 days and then all are automatically deleted. I changed anti-virus programs on recommendation from HP. I don't know what else could be causing the problem. Is there a patch out for Windows Vista that I'm not aware of that addresses this problem? Any help will be appreciated.

Answer:Vista automatically deletes System Restore Points

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I wonder if anyone here could help me. My PC has started to crash regularly - blue screen and reboot. The last time it wouldn't restart until I went into safe mode and ran a check-disc (no errors). System Restore shows no restore points - although yesterday there were a few dozen.

I am running Vista Ultimate (32 bit). Core 2 Quad CPU @ 2.40GH, 3326 RAM.

Here is the Hijack this log - are there any clues there as to what might be causing my problems? I notice there are a few references to "(file missing)" such as

C:\PROGRA~1\WinTV\HCWTVS~1.EXE (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\qwave.dll,-1 (QWAVE) - Unknown owner - %windir%\system32\svchost.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%\system32\seclogon.dll,-7001 (seclogon) - Unknown owner - %windir%\system32\svchost.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe,-101 (WMPNetworkSvc) - Unknown owner - %ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player\wmpnetwk.exe (file missing)


- might that be a cause?

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 14:14:42, on 15/09/2007
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\ASUS\AASP\1.00.25\aaCenter.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\jusched.exe
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Answer:Vista Blue Screen - restore points gane

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Automatic restore points are no longer being created in System Restore
on Vista laptop.
Manually created restore points disappear after a short time.
Would appreciate any help.

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This morning I mistakenly clicked a bad link. IE froze up and refused to load the task manager. I restarted my computer by turning the power off, but Windows would never load, it would just stay on a black screen. I restarted again in Safe Mode and tried to use System Restore, but it said I had no restore points. I restarted again and used System Repair. It found nothing wrong and told me to remove a new piece of hardware to fix the problem. I'm using my home computer and I haven't added new hardware in months, so I have no idea what it's talking about.

I tried this several times before I gave up and decided to use System Recovery, with the option to backup my personal data (photos and such). It reset my computer to factory settings, but when I went to Backup and Restore there were no files.

I gave up all my photos for loss and tried to reinstall Trend Micro, but I had a LOT of trouble. It kept freezing up every time I tried to download a patch. Ctrl Alt Del would bring up a black screen and an error message. It also tried to download a driver for a new 'Unknown Device,' but that has only happened once so far.

Finally got Trend installed, but my computer runs really slow and it freezes up solid every time I try a virus scan. It also freezes when I try a search for something that will fix the problem. I had to use Safe Mode to join this forum.

I finally found my missing personal files in C:\BACKUP which I had to use search to find, but I have no... Read more

Answer:Virus deleted my System Restore points-Vista

It's been a couple of days and I still can't figure out how to fix this.
Windows works fine in Safe Mode, but freezes up completely after a couple of minutes on normal. I'll be able to move the mouse pointer, but I won't be able to open anything or bring up the Task Manager.
I ran Malwarebytes and it didn't find anything on the quick scans, but it froze up every time I tried a full scan.

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1) I create a restore point when my boot unit is designated as Basic (unit/partition).

2) I modify the boot unit to be Dynamic for subsequent mirroring- RAID 1 purposes.

3) I 'fall back' using the restore point in step 1 above.

After the 'fall back', will the boot unit be Basic, or Dynamic? Is the mirror lost if I've created one?


Answer:RAID 1 Boot Unit Versus Restore Points

Hello Lairbear,

A restore point is only for system files, and would have no affect on the hard drive and how it's file system is formatted or partitioned.

You would not want to convert a drive that contains your Windows installation to dynamic. If you do, you will make Windows unbootable. Windows can only boot from a basic disk.

Hope this helps,

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Because of the differences in the system restore technologies between windows 7 and windows XP, when booting out of XP and into Win 7 Pro the Win 7 restore points will have been deleted. My scenareo is XP - original system on first physical disk (boot loaders are here) and Win 7 on third physical disk, with second physical disk just for data.
There are various tutorials about doing the registry fix in XP as in KB926185, by using the registry hack HKLM\System\MountedDevices\Offline and setting the other system DWord to 1. However, I have done this and it doesn't fix the problem, as I keep up to date images, its not mission critical but it would be great if I could finally resolve it. Has anyone else had the problem with this registry fix not working (I cannot use bitlocker because I don't have Ultimate). Mike

Answer:System restore points deleted on Win 7 in dual boot with XP

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums

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I need help here. For some funny reasons, the restore points created tend to get delted when I boot up my laptop the next day. How do I ensure that my restire points remain. I checked my drive and it still says 7 GB free.

Also, is it possible to auto create the restire point but store them in a different partition on the samd drive?

Answer:restore points created tend to get deleted when I boot up

Hello Futuristic,

Are you dual booting with Windows XP by chance?

If so, then this may help.

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums

Sorry, but you will only be able to have restore points saved on the same drive letter that they were created for. Any tampering with them will most likely result in them to no longer work to restore with.

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I am not being lazy, I have sifted through pages and pages of posts about this problem and have yet to find anything that does not either involve dual boot or some complex solution.

I am running a cleanly installed standalone Windows 8 Pro X64 system which is not creating system restore points for updates, installations, and Revo Uninstaller uninstalls (despite the requisite setting being on in Revo).
I have being doing quite a bit of installation and updating over the past week or so but apart from one manually created restore point the only other was for an installation of Power DVD yesterday.

It seems MS is sitting on its hands on this one.

Is there a simple answer to this problem?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:System Restore Points not being created (no dual boot)

Have you checked the configuration of System Restore ?
A picture:

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Automatic restore points are no longer being created in Windows 7 Vista machine.
Manually created points disappear after a short time.
Would appreciate any help.

Answer:Restore Points No Longer Being Created In Vista Windows 7 Laptop.

Do you have "system protection" turned on for the drive you want to create restore points to?

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Auto creating restore points malfunction as well as manual restore points are deleted after reboot.

I have check providers and writers and allocated VSS disk storage all f them are ok and with no error except for the i-event DLL which i can't re-register due / load to error code 8000ffff.

In the event viewer i have a volsnap id14 error and IO failure. I check the system configuration i noticed the COMPLUS system application was disable/stop.

So i engaged/restart it was a success after reboot.
Then after i check it again as if there is a third party application that would trigger it to stopped. VSSC exe in task manager is ok.

CHECKDISK founds out there is 4kb bad sector that cant be repair as i ran chckdsk regularly. My laptop comes with a recovery disk and i dont want to reformat it.

Would it be possible to repair OS using another standalone vista installer.

Answer:Vista Home Premium is not auto-creating restore points?


Does it work when you use option ?You can create a restore point right now for the disks selected above? > Create?

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I have a Compac Presario C700 laptop here that all of the sudden shows several copies of a couple of updates. KB2813170 (at least 13copies) KB2839229 (at least 11copies) It will not restore and says it has no restore points. Says it did not store last restore point correctly.  I tried disabeing AVG but still no restore. Has "D" drive backup but can't seem to get to it either. Should I change boot mode and boot from "D"?
I sure hope this is a new post and I'm not messing up again Hamulius!
ok a successful restore. Now it downloaded 2 copies of KB2799494.
Overall the machine seems to run ok but these constant repeat updates have me concerned.

Answer:Vista machine has multiple copies of updates and no restore points.

Hi sudsy,
You might try here:

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I am new hear but was told I would be given good advice. The problem im having is that I was getting random freezes on my pc and it got to the point where i could not get past log in. I am running windows vista on the most recent update, with a computer i built myself. I took apart computer, cleaned it, did some internal work to make sure everything is running fine. I then put it back together ran it in safe mode and put files on a usb drive just encase i need a system restore. I did not have virus protection before this problem so I got vipre (pirated) and scanned and found a few Trojans. I decided i would go to a restore point that was before the problem, ran that and it froze in the process. Rebooting the computer and coming back to notice all restore points are gone. I dont have a disc for vista so I am looking to clean up pc from what it is now if possible.

What was encountered and steps taken in order

2.install vipre, and scan
3.try system restore but froze
4.clean pc, run in safe mode, back up files 1 more scan, no network connection (on purpose) and haven't froze yet

Thanks in advance

Answer:windows vista random freeze and restore points deleted

Welcome aboard I did not have virus protection before this problem so I got vipre (pirated)Start with uninstalling it.Install ONE of these:- Avast! free antivirus: free Microsoft Security Essentials: free Comodo Antivirus:, run full scan, report on any findings.Then....Download Security Check from HERE, and save it to your Desktop. * Double-click SecurityCheck.exe * Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. * A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.=============================================================================Please download Farbar Service Scanner and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity CenterWindows UpdatePress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply.====================================================================================Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory si... Read more

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In my system I have three operating systems installed for me to boot into - Windows 7, XP & Ubuntu. Windows 7 is the default and probably even the most used one.
The problem is that each time I boot into Windows XP, Windows 7's system restore points get wiped out totally. The same does not happen with XP though. This is really not something that I enjoy since for me being a tinkerer, system restore is something that has helped me a lot of times.

Answer:Windows 7 system restore points gets wiped out each time I boot into XP

Hope that helps.

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I have recently discovered my restore points are dissapearing at random. I checked around and I have been told that since I have a dual-boot system. Every time I boot-up the other OS (XP) it deletes my restore points in vista and vise-versa with XP. I tested this and sure enough after I booted to XP then restarted and went to Vista all my restore points were gone. Is there a way to fix this problem?

Answer:Solved: Restore points dissapear in dual-boot system

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System restore points on a Windows Vista machine are getting up to 20GB on a 900GB disk. Is there a way to limit how many restore points are available at a time or am I left to deleting them manually?

I have a list of scheduled checkpoint restores for each day my system runs, is there a way to disable or change scheduled checkpoints? I don't see an entry in the task scheduler and don't see the option under system properties > system protection.

So far I've been using CCleaner to monitor and delete unnecessary ones.


Answer:System restore points taking upto 20GB each? Limit number of restores? (Vista)

I do it the same way.. just ever week or so I use CCleaner to delete all the restore points. Amazing how many are created in a short period of time. This is from one of my laptops using Vista..

2/4/2012 - Windows Update
2/4/2012 - Scheduled Checkpoint
2/3/2012 - Windows Update
2/3/2012 - Scheduled Checkpoint
2/2/2012 - Windows Update
2/2/2012 - Scheduled Checkpoint
2/1/2012 - Windows Update
1/31/2012 - Windows Update

Deleting all but the one CCleaner doesn't allow you to delete gave me back 9GB. Can change the Vista system restore space usage following instructions here..[11]=Backup%20Restore

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System restore points on a Windows Vista machine are getting up to 20GB on a 900GB disk. Is there a way to limit how many restore points are available at a time or am I left to deleting them manually?

I have a list of scheduled checkpoint restores for each day my system runs, is there a way to disable or change scheduled checkpoints? I don't see an entry in the task scheduler and don't see the option under system properties > system protection.

So far I've been using CCleaner to monitor and delete unnecessary ones.


Answer:System restore points taking upto 20GB each? Limit number of restores? (Vista)

Go to Control Panel>System>System protection highlight the drive click on configure. There will be a slid bar, this will allow you to adjust the amount of space for restore points.

You can also delete old restore points by clicking delete restore points. The recent restore points will not be deleted.

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i am not able to restore the os since i do not have a backup. have had the computer for 1 month- no internet- just attached iphone for photo upload. since nothing will work, can you help me with the command prompts that might get me to restore the system- no discs.

Answer:corrupt vista os - cannot restore

Can you be more specific? "Nothing works" means, to me, that nothing works- no windows, no nothing, but from what you posted, it seems you can get to windows?
If you can give more dietail it will help, and a quick spec rundown ( make/ model or cpu, graphics, memory etc) may well help too
Oh, and welcome to TSG

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My computer is a HP Probook 4710s running windows xp professional w/ SP3
When I started it up it was very slow, did not make the chiming welcome sound and none of the icons or taskbar came up.
I hit ctrl+alt+del and explorer.exe was there but clearly not doing anything.  Only 21 total processes were running.  I rebooted in safemode and all of my icons appeared.  I tried a system restore but it did not work.  I can reboot in safemode with networking but the following error message appears.  "Runtime Error!  Program  c:\ProgramFiles\Hewlett-Packard\IAM\Bin\AsGHost.exe    This application has requested to terminate in an unusual way. Please contact the applications support team for further infomation."  I had contacted microsoft's tech support who thought the problem might be a corrupted user profile, so we attempted to create a new one and copy the files over to it, but the copy never worked and would fail part way through saying, "cannot access files" and then stop.  So those profiles were deleted and now I'm back to not being able to boot up with just the plain old default ADMIN user.  I don't want to shut down my computer since I'm worried if I do, it will stop booting up in safe mode too.  It's done that before, it cycles through all the files and then hangs up for about 3 minutes and automatically reboots.  Any suggestions?

Answer:Can only boot in safe mode no icons in regular mode

Duplicate, I moved your earlier post to Am I Infected...please pursue that topic and do not start another topic on same issues.
This topic is closed to avoid confusion.

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just did a system restore, there was only 1 restore point (08/09/2013) : how can i set-up automatic system restore points, so i have more, older  restore points ?  (like xp);  do i have to use one of my security softwares (eg, zone-alarm or microsoft security essentials, etc. )  thankshow can i set-up more automatic restore points, and stop system from deleting old restore points ?  thanksMod Edit:  Merged topics, asking same question, same issues.  Pllease do not ask the same question or raise the same issues more than once...if someone has an answer, they will respond and posting the same thing twice is not going to elicit a response any sooner - Hamluis.

Answer:restore points : set-up automatic restore points ?

Usually when doing a system restore you are offered a default restore point, the latest, but there is a button to select different ones. Clicking on this will reveal  a list of all available restore points.
While you can manually create a restore point at any time, Win 7 creates them automatically in the event of critical updates and significant software installs. I will admit I do not know what the limit is in terms of the number of restore points Win 7 will save automaticcally, but if you find your way to 'system Environment Variables' through control panel, or 'God-mode' if you have that set up, you can increase the amount of space allocated to restore points and this should increase the number of points saved.
Chris Cosgrove

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Not sure when this issue started, so not sure if this has anything to do with XP Pro SP3. System Restore appears to function normally until attempt to restore. Select restore point > confirmation screen, click next > result = stays on confirmation screen. No cpu activity. Disabled SR and tried to re-register dll's. Was only able to re-register srclient.dll. Other dll's report loaded but "DllServerRegister point not found. . ." Suggestions please.

Answer:System Restore runs, creates restore points, but can't restore

Hello & welcome to TSF,

To resolve this issue, restart the computer. If the error still occurs, search the hard drive for the presence of the Wininit.ini file, and then rename it. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Restart your computer in Safe or DOS Mode.
2. Click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
3. In the Named box, type wininit.ini.
4. In the Look in box, click Local hard drives, and then click Find Now.
5. Right-click the Wininit.ini file, click Rename, type, and then click OK.
6. Close the Find Files window, and then run System Restore again.
7. If the previous steps do not resolve the problem, run the following command to repair the damaged portions of your registry:
scanreg /fix

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Recently my PC, a Dell Dimension E520, started having graphical problems. The problem started when I had left my PC to make a drink, when I returned to the PC the screen was in Powersave mode, but when I moved the mouse and used the Keyboard it did not return to the Normal mode, it stayed in Powersave and the PC sounded like it was still running at full speed. The PC power button was non-responsive so I had to turn the PC off at the plug.

After booting up I noticed the screen was corrupt, with lots of distorted multi coloured lines or blocks, and random rows of symbols (anyone of £, $, or a symbol I do not know how to type). It would be like this all through boot, and even in Safemode.

However, when I get to Login the random symbols disappear but the lines remain making it almost impossible to use. Once or twice at login the computer screen went back and locked in to Powersave.

Once at boot it came up with an error with a message stating a certain function was repeating itself so was closed but I cannot remeber the function and this has happened once out of 20 odd boots.

I have tried searching for this problem online but I cannot seem to find an answer.

I have attached a picture of the problem at Boot

PROBLEMS: Streaky distorted multi-coloured lines at Boot and in Safemode
Random lines of symbols (£,$ and other unknown symbol) at boot and safemode
Streaky distorted lines persist at and after login.

Any help would be greatly apprecia... Read more

Answer:Corrupt screen problems at boot and in safe mode for Dell Dimension E520

looks like your screen card has failed.

is your computer still under warranty?

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Hi there,

I got here by following threads on the same topic as far as they would take me... but not seeing the answer.

Vista 64 Home Premium, well-maintained laptop, I have used system restore successfully before.

Yesterday, my system crashed a few times. When I tried a "system restore", I saw that there were no restore points anymore.
Apart from system restore, the system runs fine now after these steps:
- defrag
- disk check
- virus scan
- windows update
- sfc/scannow

But System Restore still has no restore points, and will not create any!
Wondering if one service is stopped that should be running (in addition to Windows Backup and Volume Shadow Copy).

Many thanks for any insights you can offer.
Here are the symptoms.

System Restore Symptoms:
- Vista 64 SP2 Home Premium, no dual boot
- 136 GB free on system hard drive (C).
- vssadmin list shadowstorage => Used 0 / Allocated 0 / Maximum 40GB
- vssadmin list providers => no errors (see bottom)
- vssadmin list writers => no errors (see bottom)
- vssadmin list volumes => C and D (see bottom)
- Services: Windows Backup service and Volume Shadow Copy are on automatic. Windows Backup shows "started", but VSS does seem not start by itself. I tried starting it to create a restore point. It starts, but later on I see that it has stopped again.
- System Restore is enabled on my system drive (just in case something was corrupted, in System Protection I unchecked C (system), ap... Read more

Answer:Vista doesn't "want to" create restore points anymore

This might be a clue?
In my post from yesterday, I noticed that even though the "vssadmin list writers" command does not trigger errors, it shows "Waiting for Completion" for several of the writers.
Does anyone know what that means, and whether that is relevant to the issue?


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I see Win7/XP dual-boot can have restore points issues so have to ask about best practices for Win7/Win7. Since my drive is partitioned for Win7/Win7/Data is it simply a matter of setting restore points On/Off/Off while in respective OS's?

Answer:Dual-Boot Win7/Win7 restore points - Any special considerations?

Hello Golem,

Yeah, as long as you don't have system protection turned on for the same partition in both OS's, you should be fine.

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I am running Windows 7 Home x64.
I've tried to restore my ASUS laptop (i think the model name was k53e or something similar) to factory settings, but I couldn't do so (????) because while other people told me to press f9 at bootup, when I pressed f9, I only got the choice of either booting up as "Windows 7" or starting the "Windows Memory Diagnostics" (or something like that).
Thus I got iso file of Windows 7 Ultimate x64, and since I didn't have large enough of a CDrom to burn it on CD, i used my 4gig USB drive to "burn" it on there using a Microsoft software.
I booted up the Windows 7 install page successfully after pressing "esc" button on bootup and I think I somewhat installed Windows 7 on my laptop to some extent (I went passed that point where it asked me to put the name of the laptop and if i wanted a password to protect this laptop).
However, after the windows 7 installation was "complete", the laptop restarted by itself, and then..well.. infinite loop started.
the infinite loop takes this process
(turn on computer) ASUS logo pops up -> "Windows is loading files" -> windows logo&"Starting Windows" -> a background photo (ASUS on the background, never downloaded this before, probably means that the windows 7 installation has occurred) and an oversized mouse pointer (probs the resolution is not set)... and then the computer restarts.

this is what i have tried

1. Installed Windows 7 a... Read more

Answer:Restore Fail. Boot at infinite loop. Memtest.exe missing/corrupt.

I installed win7 x64 Home. Now it is working fine. Not sure what happened with the Ultimate. I'll try upgrading this to ultimate, but for now this is fixed!

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Hi really in trouble here, vista went down after installation of windows 7 on another drive mbr got damaged by mistake now drive cant be seen and cant access. all documents lost what can I do to get them or the drive to run again, is there anything I can download that will save the day...

Answer:vista wont boot partition corrupt vista cant fix

Have same problem with a mates laptop, have removed drive and connect to my own PC and am running chkdsk /r/v on the c: partition.Windows is gradualy (over 24hrs now) replacig the damaged clsters.Hopefully yours won't be so bad.

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I installed SP3 and then manually installed XAMPP to do local web development and during the process discovered that System Restore gives a "Cant, please reboot and try again" message. Then I discovered I can no longer boot into Safe Mode. I tried to reinstall System Restore via the sr.ini method but no change. Don't know if these are separate problems, interrelated or otherwise.

Answer:Cant Restore or boot Safe mode

Hi -First look in Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore -On the Left side click on System Restore Settings > Make sure the Box at Upper Left side is Not ticked, if it is Untick it -Now move the Disk Space to Use "Slider" fully to the Right side - Back at the main System Restore page, click on Restore my computer to an earlier time, click Next and see if any dates are Highlighted (darker), then click Back -If there are no "Darkened dates" click Back and select "Create a Restore Point" > Next in the "Restore point Description" type New point - The date is added automatically.Back to check System Restore Settings > Make sure the Box at Upper Left side is still Not ticked, if it is Untick it again-I have only briefly read the XAMPP site, but it should not alter these settings from what they say there -Try the above directions, and tell us what happens -Thank You - EDIT - Not exactly sure of what this means, but it says it can be uninstalled simply if it causes problems - QUOTED from their site - Easy installation and deinstallationTo install XAMPP you only need to download and extract XAMPP, that's all. There are no changes to the Windows registry (not true if you use the Win... Read more

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Installed Ubuntu on the computer containing Windows 7 only to see that the system restore was turned off. When I tried to turn it on, it gave error: Element Not Found. I restarted the computer and again tried by adjusting the amount of placeholder for system restore. Still the same error saying Element Not Found.
Could not find anything related on the Internet upon searching with the keywords System Restore Error - Element Not Found - Windows 7. Finally, thought of going ahead myself. When it says element not found, it conveys there is some problem with the system file that stores the settings of System Restore. And since the problem came up after I installed Ubuntu on another drive, I could think of two things: either the table entry of system restore file is corrupt or the entire system restore datafile is deleted or corrupt.
This is how I resolved the issue:
1. Opened Run dialog (Press Windows key + R)
2. Type SFC /scannow
3. Got a command prompt window showing me the progress of SFC command
The SFC command checks for your system files on Windows 7 and corrects the table entries in whatever file Windows stores information about system files. I guess it is called the file allocation table but am not sure.
Anyway, upon completion of SFC, I went ahead and deleted all existing restore points to make sure Windows 7 creates a new datafile for system restore.
I was then able to turn on System Restore and create restore points. Sharing my experience here so that peop... Read more

Answer:System Restore Windows 7 - Element Not Found Error While Creating Restore Points

Thanks for the useful tip, and welcome here Arun!
Yeah - the system file checker can a life-saver at times!
Should anyone need need more on troubleshooting system restore, check these links: Fix: System Restore not working in Windows 7 and Vista System Restore Points deleted or missing in Windows 7 - Troubleshoot and Fix!

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I have 8gb of space allocated to System Restore, all monitoring my C partition only. This space is always at least 85-90% used according to the System Protection screen. In the past I have had at least 15 restore points to choose from after ticking "show more restore points." But today I went to do a restore and there were only 7 points, despite almost the full 8gb allocation being shown as nearly full, as usual.

This is happening despite relative consistency in the size of my C partition at about 60gb. As always, I have the "restore system settings and previous versions of files" option chosen. And I've checked to ensure none of the drive's other partitions were inadvertently added to monitoring.

I've had Windows 7 for about three months, and saw a similar situation about two months ago. At that point I turned off System Restore and turned it back on, and things returned to normal. But now it's happening again, and this time I don't want to lose the Restore Points I currently have. Besides, the fact that this is happening makes me both curious and uncomfortable.

I've been creating 60% of my restore points manually. Is it possible those, for some reason, use a lot more space than automatically-generated points?

Would appreciate any ideas on what could be going on, and how to address it.

Answer:Allocated System Restore space holds far fewer restore points now

I suspect that one of your more recent restore points is taking more than the usual amount of space. This can vary widely. This could be due to a newly installed application or some kind of update.

On the few occasions I have used system restore it has always been the most recent restore point. The further back you go the more likely it is that the restore will fail or cause more problems than it solves.

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I wanted to see what was in some of the restore points of 2005,
so I restored back to a previous date and found software,
photos and things that I thought had been completely erased.
Is there a way to completely erase everything that is in system restore?

Answer:Solved: Can System Restore in XP be wiped clean of all previous restore points?

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I turned on my computer and realized that all of my files and programs were missing amongst all restore points. I ran Microsoft Security Essentials and no viruses were found. Is there any way to recover the lost data or is it a lost cause. I have a Toshiba, Windows 7, Intel Pentium. I am praying that I can recover this.

Answer:All files/ programs delete and system restore points..Is it possible to restore data?

Check your user's folder, are you using the same logon account ? Sometimes windows logon fails and you get directed to a temporary account + folders and all your files will seem missing, when instead you are not looking at your previous documents folder.

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For some reason my System Restore function isn't automatically creating (or isn't showing) System Restore points as it should be doing for "major" system events (e.g., isn't automatically creating restore points before/after Windows Updates and software/driver updates). I'm not sure if it isn't creating the restore points at all, or if it's just not displaying them as available restore points.

Another piece of the puzzle - I've manually created restore points at various times, and they have initially shown up on the list of available restore points as expected. However, when I looked at the list today, the restore points I created manually have Disappearead! I'm certain that I didn't delete them. I've selected every option I can think of to show me a complete list of available restore points, but no luck getting them to show up on the list. Also, my "Current Usage" is listed as "0 bytes", even though a few restore points are showing on the list. All of this makes me wonder if the system is creating the restore points, but just saving them in a way that makes them "invisible" to the System Restore utility.

Here's what I've done so far:
- Double checked my System Restore/Protection settings, and my system drive (C: ) is definitely set to "ON".
- Checked the System Restore configuration, and it's set to "Restore system settings and previous versions of files"
- Checked the "Disk Space Usage" for storing s... Read more

Answer:System Restore isn't creating (or saving?) restore points properly

How often do you defrag and what program do you use for defragging?

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If I manually create a system restore point, it shows up in System Restore, and I can restore the computer to that point.If I schedule the creation of a restore point with System Scheduler, on reboot System Restore seems to kick in, and in the Scheduler log I seen that the operation completed successfully, but the restore point does not show up in System Restore. Please advise

Answer:created restore points do not show up in system restore Wind

You may not have set it up properly. Follow this guide:

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