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    System Restore (Home SR2)

    The calendar in my System Restore contains only 2 or 3 bolded dates - indicating that I have only 2 or 3 restore points. I thought Windows created a restore point every time it started. I checked System Restore settings, and allocated the maximum amount of disk space to system restore, 12%, which is 13728MB. Is there anyway I can have more restore points saved?
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    Re: System Restore (Home SR2)

    You will get a new restore point every 24 hour, when the computer has been left idle for some time. The short answer would be that you manually created a restore point, but that is normally unnecessary, except when installing programs and uncertain if any RP will be created. So if System Restore is enabled on the drive you want to monitor and there is disk space, you only have to wait a little time.

    Advanced users can change the time value, 24 hour between RP, in the registry, also unnecessary normally.

    For more information see post and answer:
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    You can also read MSKB:
    System Restore "restore points" are missing or deleted

    The Registry Keys and Values for the System Restore Utility

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    Re: System Restore (Home SR2)

    Thanks for the links, but I am still puzzled. I checked today, and I have SR points for only May 13, 14, and15. I thought I would have many more - going back at least a few weeks. I have a 120GB hard drive, with 57GB free, so space can't be a problem. So the question remains, why didn't SR create restore points for, say, May 5, 6, 7, etc.
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    Re: System Restore (Home SR2)

    Michael,
    I think SR will be 12% OR about just under 13 megs on your HD. It seems to me that there was a post somewhere to increase the available SR size. I will have to looks through some of my notes to see if I can find it. Not sure if it was here in the lounge or another location. I'll try to check.
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    Re: System Restore (Home SR2)

    Did you just recently install SP-2? The installations of SP-2 will wipe out all previous restore points.

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    Re: System Restore (Home SR2)

    Michael,
    If you had no new restore points you should check if the service Task Scheduler is running, since it is needed for System Restore to automatically create restore points, and obviously the System Restore Service. Now that is not the case, instead there are old ones missing.

    Maybe the services, for some reason, weren

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    Re: System Restore (Home SR2)

    I havn't changed the space allocated to SR, so it has been 12 for a very long time. Also, I installed SR2 months ago.

    You mentioned looking at the Event Viewer, System Log. How do I do that?

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    Re: System Restore (Home SR2)

    You can start Event Viewer either by:
    Control Panel, choose Performance And Maintenance, Administrative Tools, Event Viewer,
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    At a command prompt, type eventvwr.msc.

    In the console tree, to the left, select System log.

    To see if there has been any issue with System Restore you can use the filter to show only related events. Select View, click Filter, at "Event source:" scroll and select "sr" or "srservice", click OK.

    You will probably not find any event related to System Restore, but it can be worth looking at. To read details about an event, double-click at the selected event. To return, show all events in System log, select View, click Filter and then click Restore Defaults.

    Do you have only one drive or partition monitored by System Restore?

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    Re: System Restore (Home SR2)

    Just <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>

    To open Event Viewer, click Start | Run (or press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously), type

    eventvwr

    and hit Enter

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    Re: System Restore (Home SR2)

    Thank you so much. I had never heard of the Event Viewer. I checked, and under srservice I found a whole bunch of messages like this:
    "The System Restore service has been suspended because there is not enough disk space available on the drive ?Volume{89c598a2-132e-11d8-ac42-806d6172696f}. System Restore will automatically resume service once at least 200 MB of free disk space is available on the
    system drive."
    and the next message would say something about System Restore resuming because space was made available.

    I have only one hard drive, 111 GB, but Dell created a small partition 32MB, called drive F, which is almost full. I think that might have been causing the problem, so I stopped System Restore from logging that drive. Should I now expect a System Restore to be automatically made each day, or each time I turn the computer on?

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    Re: System Restore (Home SR2)

    Take a look here for a tutorial with screenshots about System Restore. Or get the Microsoft spin on System Restore here. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: System Restore (Home SR2)

    Yes, that's it. I'm glad you found a solution. I should have asked about partitions earlier, since System Restore is activated on all drives and partitions when OS is installed.

    <hr>Should I now expect a System Restore to be automatically made each day, or each time I turn the computer on?<hr>

    It depends; System Restore creates a restore point every 24 hours if the computer is on, or 24 hours have passed since the last restore point was created. In last case if the computer has been off, that can happen some minutes after boot time if left idle. If you start working with the computer and never leave it idle and then turn off, it can go days between RP's.

    You should also expect a restore point when (from help files):

    Installing an unsigned device driver

    Installing System Restore compliant applications (Installing an application that uses Windows Installer, or Install
    Shield Pro version 7.0 or later, causes System Restore to create a restore point)

    Installing an update by using Automatic Updates

    Performing a System Restore operation so the user can undo that restore operation if needed

    Restoring data from backup media using the Backup tool

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    Re: System Restore (Home SR2)

    You were right, I found 14 items related to srservice, but there were no errors listed.

    I have two hard drives but only the C: drive has the OS on it and neither drive is partitioned. Both drives were being monitored with the size set at maximine. I have since this problem started, set SR to monitor only the C: drive.
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