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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jimgobucks46, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. jimgobucks46

    jimgobucks46 Flightless Bird

    i can't get system restore to go back to a previous month...i have only 2
    restore points in august and i need to go back to july...i click on the
    previus month arrow but nothing happens...any thoughts?
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    You don't have Restore Points going back that far?

    Your computer's infected & not fully-patched?


    jimgobucks46 wrote:
    > i can't get system restore to go back to a previous month...i have only 2
    > restore points in august and i need to go back to july...i click on the
    > previus month arrow but nothing happens...any thoughts?
     
  3. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    jimgobucks46 wrote:
    > i can't get system restore to go back to a previous month...i have only 2
    > restore points in august and i need to go back to july...i click on the
    > previus month arrow but nothing happens...any thoughts?


    You can assign a limited amount of space, for the "System Volume Information"
    folder on your C: drive. Mine is set to the default of 12% of the C: drive.

    Perhaps if you'd turned that number down severely, it has limited the
    maximum space the restore points can hold ?

    Right now, I can click the arrow on the "calendar" of System Restore,
    and mine goes back to May.11, 2010.

    If I look in the "System Volume Information" folder, I see

    System Volume Information
    _restore{xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx}
    RP166 May 11, 2010
    RP167 May 12, 2010
    ...
    RP232 Aug 8, 2010
    drivetable.txt
    fifo.log
    _driver.cfg
    _filelist.cfg

    So at least, I have restore point folders which correspond to
    what my calendar is doing in the System Restore screen. (The oldest
    restore point is thrown away, when a new one needs to be written, and
    my 12% of space is used up. If your space allocation setting is very
    small, there might only be room for two restore points.)

    There are some recipes for gaining access to that folder, here.

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309531

    ( got link from http://wiki.lunarsoft.net/wiki/System_Volume_Information )

    If you have two restore points in August, and today is August 9,
    my guess would be, those two points used up all the allocated
    space. Moving the slider to some minimum value would have done
    that. Like I said above, mine is set to 12% of my C: drive
    (for no particular reason, and no, I would not try to restore
    to May.11 :) ). And as a consequence, my calendar has several
    months worth, And I only see a couple dates missing from that
    collection. Otherwise, I'm averaging about one RP a day.

    My average restore point size is about 40MB or so (just holding my
    mouse over a few of the RPxxx folders and getting size info).
    And a good deal of that (perhaps 75%), is registry files.

    If you didn't want to fool around with the permissions on the files
    that they made so hard to get to, booting a Linux LiveCD should
    give you access to that folder, so you can check dates and folder
    info. Ubuntu and Knoppix are examples of LiveCD distros, suitable
    for simple maintenance tasks. By default, Knoppix tends to mount
    things read-only, which gives some protection against doing
    stupid things. You have to know which dialog to enter, in Knoppix,
    to change access to the Windows partition to read/write, which
    means you explicitly are giving permission to make changes.
    Which is a nuisance and a feature, all in one.

    Paul
     
  4. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 09 Aug 2010, =?Utf-8?B?amltZ29idWNrczQ2?=
    <jimgobucks46@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:

    > i can't get system restore to go back to a previous month...i have
    > only 2 restore points in august and i need to go back to july...i
    > click on the previus month arrow but nothing happens...any
    > thoughts?


    Only the dates in bold have a restore point associated with them. If
    it's not, and nothing happens, you're just plain out of luck.

    If you think you will need more restore points available in the future,
    you need to change the settings to dedicate more disk space for them.
     
  5. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 09 Aug 2010 06:24:30 -0400, Paul <nospam@needed.com> wrote:

    > jimgobucks46 wrote:
    > > i can't get system restore to go back to a previous month...i have only 2
    > > restore points in august and i need to go back to july...i click on the
    > > previus month arrow but nothing happens...any thoughts?

    >
    > You can assign a limited amount of space, for the "System Volume Information"
    > folder on your C: drive. Mine is set to the default of 12% of the C: drive.
    >
    > Perhaps if you'd turned that number down severely, it has limited the
    > maximum space the restore points can hold ?
    >
    > Right now, I can click the arrow on the "calendar" of System Restore,
    > and mine goes back to May.11, 2010.



    The default is too big for most people. If your restore points go back
    to May 11, that's three months, and going back that far is almost
    always a poor idea. Going back too far tends to get your registry out
    of synch with other files on the drive. So I recommend changing the
    amount of disk space you give it to create no more than a week or two
    of restore points.


    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
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