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System restore not creating restore point

  1. #1


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8 Pro

    System restore not creating restore point


    I went into Task Scheduler and set System Restore to create a restore point every day at 12:01am. Under Conditions I cleared all the check boxes because I want SR to run regardless of whether computer is idle or not. I have been watching this for about 1 week and so far it's not created a single restore point. Under History there's no entry, and the tab itself actually say "History (disabled)", not sure what that's about. Suggestion?

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  2. #2


    Maybe something here will help: Change How Often System Restore Creates Restore Points in Windows 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

    Says 7 and Vista but should apply to 8 as well.

    I've not tried it yet though.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    windows 7 pro x64, vista home premium x32 and windows 8 x64


    I found the vbs script below on the web that works for Windows 7 Pro. However, it would not work for Windows 8 until I added the following the DWORD value SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency under the registry key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore. I then set the value of SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency to 0 and System Restores Points were successfully made when I launched the .vbs script from my task scheduler. All of the above work was performed from a user account with Administrator privileges. I did not have to log on as the true administrator with full rights.

    Please remember to be careful when working in the registery.

    Hope this helps.

    To create the script I cut and pasted the text below and pasted it into notepad. I then saved the file as system_restore.vbs and saved it at c:\tools_sr\

    If WScript.Arguments.Count = 0 Then
    Set oShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
    oShell.ShellExecute "wscript.exe", """" & WScript.ScriptFullName & """ Run", , "runas", 1
    Else
    Set oWshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    oWshShell.Popup "Creating a SystemRestore point. Please wait.", 2, "System Restore", 0
    swinmgmts = "winmgmts:\\.\root\default:Systemrestore"
    GetObject(swinmgmts).CreateRestorePoint "Scheduled Restore Point", 0, 100
    'MsgBox "System Restore Point created", 0, "System Restore"
    End If
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  4. #4


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8 Pro


    When you said "added", should there be a "SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency" registry entry in the first place? My registry doesn't have that entry at the location you specified.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    windows 7 pro x64, vista home premium x32 and windows 8 x64


    Sorry about the confusion...I did not have the "SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency" registry entry. I had to create it as a DWORD value. Zero (0) was the default value after I created it.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1
    Win 8 / 64


    I had this problem and disabled and re-enabled System Restore. That seemed to fix the issue. Disabling SR deletes all restore points, so I immediately created a manual system restore point.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 220
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    I set up a schedule to run Recovery Point Create when I logon.
    It is set to run regardless of what might be happening.
    However no recovery point is created.
    The "Last Run Result" shows (0x0).
    History shows disabled.

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  8. #8


    Posts : 220
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Tried run from the Task Scheduler entry.
    Had no effect.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 220
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Decided that the best answer is contained in this tutorial:- System Restore Point Shortcut

    (Shawn to the rescue once again. )

    Even got it pinned to the taskbar (well kind of).
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  10. #10


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    The task may run, but it doesn't have to create a restore point every time it runs. It only happens if there have been no restore points created within the past 7 days. This change was introduced in Windows 7 to stretch the period of time covered by points.

    P.S. If you require daily points, create a task that runs a PowerShell command
    Code:
    checkpoint-computer
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