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Can't remove System Restore Points

  1. #1


    Posts : 97
    Windows 8.1

    Can't remove System Restore Points


    I have two restore points in System Restore that will not be removed.
    Both are System Image Restore Points that were created when I was experimenting with the Windows 7 Recovery backup tool in Windows 8.
    The backups were unsuccessful so I deleted them but I have been left with these two Restore Points....Does anyone know how I can remove these.
    I have tried all the suggestions in this tutorial but nothing works http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/336-system-protection-restore-points-delete.html

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    Thanks

    Jan

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Hi jan18,

    Just to make sure it doesn't work, I would try the following (if you have not already done so):

    Open System Restore Window:
    Select a target drive
    Click "configure"
    Tick "disable system protection"
    Click "apply"
    Move the slider to "0"
    Click "delete" all restore points
    Click "apply"
    exit

    Repeat for other drives as necessary

    If successful, go back and enable System Restore again. Create a new restore point manually.

    I apologize in advance if you have already have tried this; however, I have to start with the basics to ensure nothing was missed. Just a few days ago, I spent about 45 minutes working on a RAM configuration issue that didn't work. The OP sounded quite knowledgeable so I skipped over the basics and went into a 45 minute heavy-duty analysis only to find out the OP didn't plug his new memory into the correct slots for a dual channel configuration. Good luck and I hope you understand.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1


    Hi jan18
    You can use CCleaner (Tools/System Restore) to remove 2
    unsuccessful points and keep the last one.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by effygy View Post
    Hi jan18
    You can use CCleaner (Tools/System Restore) to remove 2
    unsuccessful points and keep the last one.
    Although the above might work to your satisfaction, I would advise you to explore all traditional methods before using same. Here are a few reasons why:

    Directly from Pinform support:
    Note: CCleaner removes references to the System Restore points, but may not actually remove all files related to each point.
    Another Pinform link of interest:
    CCleaner Keeps Deleting My System Restore Point - CCleaner Discussion - Piriform Community Forums

    Now, you can expect many replies like "I've used CCleaner for years without issue" and to those anticipated replies I say "Great, but there have been some of us that have not been that lucky."

    Good luck.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 97
    Windows 8.1


    Hi my2cents, Thank you for your suggestion. I had already done that but the two System Image Restore Points remain. As I said in my opening post I have gone through all the options in Brinks tutorial and nothing removes these two entries.
    Perhaps if I could find where windows 8 stores these Restore Points it may be possible to remove them from there.

    Regards

    Jan
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by jan18 View Post
    Hi my2cents, Thank you for your suggestion. I had already done that but the two System Image Restore Points remain. As I said in my opening post I have gone through all the options in Brinks tutorial and nothing removes these two entries.
    Perhaps if I could find where windows 8 stores these Restore Points it may be possible to remove them from there.

    Regards

    Jan
    Hi jan,

    I meant no harm but I just had to make sure. Also, you have one other option to consider (Ccleaner) and other forum members may chime in as well. In the meantime, I'll explore your suggestion and see what else I can come up with.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 97
    Windows 8.1


    Hi effigy, Thanks for your suggestion. I have used the latest version of CCleaner but it does not see the two System Image Restore entries...only the manual restore point I created.

    Regards

    Jan
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 97
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jan18 View Post
    Hi my2cents, Thank you for your suggestion. I had already done that but the two System Image Restore Points remain. As I said in my opening post I have gone through all the options in Brinks tutorial and nothing removes these two entries.
    Perhaps if I could find where windows 8 stores these Restore Points it may be possible to remove them from there.

    Regards

    Jan
    Hi jan,

    I meant no harm but I just had to make sure. Also, you have one other option to consider (Ccleaner) and other forum members may chime in as well. In the meantime, I'll explore your suggestion and see what else I can come up with.
    Your help is very much appreciated...Thank you. Jan
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  9. #9


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by jan18 View Post
    Hi effigy, Thanks for your suggestion. I have used the latest version of CCleaner but it does not see the two System Image Restore entries...only the manual restore point I created.

    Regards

    Jan
    Hey jan18, I just noticed they are not traditional restore points. They are, in fact, system image restore points. This should be any easy fix if you know where those system image backups reside. So, do you know their location?
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  10. #10


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Well, maybe not so easy, but now I have a way to find the answer. Apparently, a system image restore point is created every time you create a system image; however, it appears that those entries are never deleted because I create a system image frequently and here's what mine looks like:

    Click image for larger version

    Note: I had to turn on my stsem restore to do this test. So, you thought you had problems; eh? I'll be back.
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