System Restore for Windows® 7 is not working
What are the causes behind system restore for Windows 7 not working and tips to fix the issues?
Apart from all the new applications and system tools, some of the popular Windows features have also been included in Windows 7. This includes the System Restore feature. System Restore is used to restore the system to a working state after some major problems have come up. System Restore makes use of restore points that would have backup copies of all essential system files. As operating system problems usually come up because of problems with system files and registry entries, rolling back the system files to a previous error-free state would resolve all problems and get the system working. The System Restore feature in Windows 7 has a very simple interface so that even users with very little computer knowhow can use it to fix their machines. However, there might be times when Windows 7 users encounter problems when using System Restore. These include error messages showing Windows cannot restore, system restore freezing, system restarting before restore process can complete etc. Such problems are usually caused by issues with system files associated with the restore tool, malware infections, complicated registry related problems with Windows 7, applications running in the background, lack of free memory etc.
Following details give users more information regarding tips to fix issues with system restore in Windows 7:
- Antivirus programs
- Check system file integrity
- Free up hard disk space
The issues with the functioning of System Restore feature on Windows 7 may be because of presence of malware on the system. The malware infections might have locked the system files which prevent the restore. Similarly, the problem might also be because the antivirus program is running in the background when the restore process is started. Such problems can be resolved by removing the malware from the system (if possible) and also terminating the antivirus software before initializing the restore process.
Check system file integrity
If some of the system files associated with the System Restore feature itself got damaged in some way, then the restore process might fail. Windows 7 users facing difficulties when using the System Restore feature are advised to check the integrity of the system files using 'sfc/scannow' command in the CMD. If any system files are missing, users would be prompted to insert a genuine installation disk of the OS and the files would be replaced. Replacing the files would resolve the problems with System Restore.
Free up hard disk space
System Restore in Windows 7 requires free space to function. There are lots of important system files that need to be gathered and changed and lack of free space on the system would cause the restore process to fail or freeze in the middle. All Windows 7 users experiencing System Restore problems are suggested to free up hard disk space to get the System Restore working properly.
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