System Restore is a built-in feature in Windows 10/8/7 that allows you to restore your system to the previous version. There are many unexpected things that may lead to system crash like Virus attacks, Ransomware, accidental deletion of system files, etc. Therefore, it is essential to create system restore points.
However, when you try to restore your system to previous state, just find system restore points missing in Windows 7. When this issue occurs, people may have the concern: how to restore Windows 7 without restore point.
To restore Windows 7, you need to fix no system restore points first.
Fix: no system restore points
Actually, many things may cause system restore points missing, like low disk space, defragmented page file, corrupted files, volume shadow copy not working, etc. To fix this issue, you should first check whether you have enabled System Restore or not, and check the Max usage. If the Max usage is small, increase it. If this will not fix the issue, follow the solutions below to fix the issue.
Solution 1: Make sure that the Volume Shadow Copy Service is Running
If Volume Shadow Copy is disabled, your computer’s System Restore points might not be available. follow these steps to check whether Volume Shadow Copy is running or not.
Click Start, in the Search Box, type services.msc and press Enter. It will open The Service utility.
Find the Volume Shadow Copy item from the list. Make sure Volume Shadow Copy is running. If it’s not running, right click the Volume Shadow Copy and select Start.
Solution 2: Run system files checker
You can check if your hard drive has any issues by running the sfc/scannow commands.
Run cmd as administrator. Type sfc/scannow at the command prompt.
You can also run chkdsk to check and repair errors for NTFS and FAT file systems. Type chkdsk C: /f /r /x in the command prompt and hit Enter. To repair the corrupt files, you can try to turn System Restore off, then turn it on later.
Solution 3: Recreate Page File on your computer
One of the possible reason for system restore points missing in windows 7 is defragmented page file. To fix it, you can disable, delete or recreate page file for your computer.
Disable Page File
Step 1. Access System Properties window by typing View advanced system settings in the search box.
Step 2. Click Settings under Performance. Then click Change under Virtual memory.
Step 3. Select a drive and tick No paging file. At last, click Set to disable page file.
Delete Page File
Step 1. Restart your computer.
Step 6. Go to My Computer, then delete pagefile.sys from your main drive. For example C drive.
Note: pagefile.sys is a hidden file. Thus, you need to show hidden files or folders first. You can go to Computer > Tools > Folder Options > View, then tick Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
Step 7. Open cmd and type: defrag /h c:
Enable the Page Files
Follow the steps to disable the Page File, click Set to enable Page File. Reboot the computer and check if system restore or Volume Shadow Copy is running correctly.
How to restore Windows 7 with restore points
After fixing the system restore points missing, you can restore your computer to an earlier state with restore points.
Navigate to the Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> system restore, or type system restore at Search box.
You have two choices: Recommended restore and choose a different restore point, click Next and choose a restore point, then click Next. At last, confirm your restore point and click Finish, this will start your system restore.
When you cannot boot into Windows, you can perform system restore in safe mode in Windows 7.
At your computer startup (before showing the Windows logo), Press the F8 key repeatedly.
At Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
Type:”rstrui.exe” and press Enter, this will open System Restore. Then you can choose a restore point and restore Windows 7.
If you cannot boot into Safe Mode, you can use a system repair disc to access System Restore to restore Windows 7.
However, you must be attention that there are some situations that restore points will not work. As System Restore is stored locally, if your hard drive dies, you’ll lose your restore points. System Restore only backs up critical system files, not your user data such as photos, music, Office files and such.
A better way to protect Windows 7
Since System Restore has some inherent limitations, then how to restore Windows 7 without restore points from disaster like hard disk failure, corrupted Windows installation. To protect your computer from catastrophic events, you need to create a system image backup.
AOMEI Backupper Standard is a professional free backup and restore software. You can use it to create system backup and restore the system from the image backup you created with it. With its user friendly interface, you can operate it very easily. Let’s see how to protect your computer with this software.
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and run the software. Click Backup, and then System Backup.
Step 2. It will automatically choose source partition for you. At Step2, choose another location as destination path. It is recommended to backup system to external hard drive or cloud drive.
Step 3. You can schedule automatic backup Windows 7 by clicking Schedule to set it up. There are also Backup Options, Scheme that you can click to have some more advanced settings.
Step 4. After all this done, click Start Backup.
To make a summary: when system restore is missing in Windows 7, you can try the above solutions to fix it. However, restore points has its inherent limitations. To have a better protection for your computer, it is still necessary to create an image backup for your system. If you want to deploy your system image to multiple computers within LAN, you will need the image deployment software AOMEI Image Deploy (AID).