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Hello Fellow Geeksters,
I have moved from XP to Vista and, recently, wanted to do a System Restore. I expected to see various dates to which I could Restore. Unfortunately not. There were only two recent dates available and neither were of any use. I had understood that Vista was subject to daily Restore Points being created and would have liked to look through previous months as per the XP system, which, sadly, I could not find.
In addition, I have added an external hard disc,'D' and have partitioned 'C' to give me an 'F', and neither of those discs appear in the dialog box for me to tick and therefore set a restore point for them.

Am I missing something in Vista that I should be doing? Any pointers would be much appreciated.

I look forward with anticipation; also some trepidation that I have missed something childishly simple!

Kind Regards, Cigos
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I recommend, you use Erunt: http://www.larsheder...nline.de/erunt/
Manual: http://pcug.org.au/b...ERUNT/ERUNT.htm
In my opinion, it's better, then System Restore, and I use it on all my Windows versions.
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Thanks Broni,
I have installed the program but am struggling with it at the moment. I'll let you know how I get on. All the Best. Cigos
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What's the problem?
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Hi -

Vista should create a VSS (Volume Shadow Service) System Restore restore point once per day by default. Restore points are also created when installing or updating drivers & program installation. Of course, you may create a restore point manually if you wish.

Did you check the box on the lower-left of the 2nd screen - "show restore points older than 5 days"?

I know of 2 instances off hand that may prevent a restore point from being created - lack of space (although the oldest should drop off the end - i.e., generation data group) and file permission setting issues. You may see the error codes like 0xc0000005 or 0x80070005. etc...

Try creating your own System Restore point -
START | rstrui

Then go back into rstrui and see if its there.

To check on prior potential VSS restore point creation failures, look in the Event Viewer -
START | eventvwr.msc | "Custom Views" - Admin Log

If you would like to see the status of your current VSS System Restore points (quantity, space, etc...), download the attached zip file and extract the lone batch script to your desktop. Go to desktop, RIGHT-click on the batch script and select "Run as Administrator".

You will see the black cmd/DOS screen appear briefly. The a Notepad will open with the VSS results.

Regards. . .

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Thanks Chaps,

I had difficulty with ERUNT , relating to the folder I had chosen to use. I have now resolved that and have backed-up with ease and alacrity. Much appreciated.

In reply to JCG, I have not been able to find any reference to, 'files older than 5 days' anywhere on the dialog boxes which appear when I call up System Restore or System Protection. I am using Vista Home Premium, by the way. I did wonder whether I had inadvertently switched off some of the information whilst I rummaged around the system!

However, I am learning by the day thanks to you good people. Best Wishes, Cigos
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Good going, then :)
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To jcgriff,
My apologies. I should have acknowledged your input.

I had not noted the 5 day box! Once checked my restore date problem was solved.

Much Obliged, Cigos
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