How can I fix a Windows System Restore problem?

M Z January 3, 2014
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I don’t have system restore service in my services list in windows 7.  I can make system restore points manually but the windows can’t make one automatically.

Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider service is running
Volume Shadow Copy service is running

What should I do to get it back?  Is there anything called “Reinstall system restore”?

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  1. M Z
    January 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    thank you guys
    you're big source of help

  2. Jan F
    January 4, 2014 at 1:44 am

    There is no "System Restore Service" in Windows 7. The service responsible for that is Volume Shadow Copy which is apparently running. If your system fails to automatically create restore points the problem is somewhere else.

    The default schedule is that restore points are created:
    - daily at 00:00 or as soon as possible after that point
    - regardless of a user being logged on or not
    - only when the system has been idle for 10 minutes
    - only when connected to the power supply (mobile devices)

    So if you only turn your computer on to do some stuff and then turn it off again you probably have never reached the 10 minutes idle. Also, if your power schedule is set too low your system may go into sleep before VSS can do it's job.

    I would suggest to change to a default power plan to e.g. balanced or high performance, then restart your system and just leave it idle for an hour. If your system created a restore point during that time everything is working fine.

    If no restore point has been created open up the Event Viewer and see if VSS produced an actual error.

  3. Hovsep A
    January 3, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    it can be a software or antimalware causing this, some do stop services to speed boot time.

    Restore Points
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa378910(VS.85).aspx
    System Restore in Windows 7 creates a scheduled restore point only if no other restore points have been created in the last 7 days. System Restore in Windows Vista creates a checkpoint every 24 hours if no other restore points were created that day. System Restore in Windows XP creates a checkpoint every 24 hours of absolute time.

    Change How Often System Restore Creates Restore Points in Windows 7 or Vista
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/change-how-often-system-restore-creates-restore-points-in-windows-vista/

    Error in Rstrui.exe When Starting System Restore or Creating a Manual Restore Point
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/267511

    Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833