The System Restore feature is a very useful feature in the Windows operating system and it can be a real lofe-saver at time. But if for some reason, you find that your System Restore not working in Windows 7 and that you are unable to create a system restore point manually in Windows, here are a few troubleshooting steps you may want to try, if you find that even running the System File Checker has not helped you.
System Restore not working in Windows 7
The following Error Message/s may also pop up:
Error 0x800423F3 : The writer experienced a transient error. If the backup process is retried, the error may not reoccur.
A shadow copy could not be created for the following reason. The writer experienced a transient error (0x800423F3)
It is quite possible however that the Automatic Restore Points may continue to get created, but you face the problem only when you try to create one manually.
Try one or more of the steps, one after the other.
- Try create a System Restore point manually and make a note of the Error Message you get. If you don’t get one, check if one has been created or not.
- Make sure that System Restore is enabled on the drives where you want System Restore enabled
- Make sure that you have sufficient disk space on all the drives where System Restore is enabled
- Type Services.msc in Start Menu Search Box, hit Enter. Make sure that the Volume Shadow Copy & Task Schedular Services is Running and set on Automatic. If the Status of System Restore Service is not Started, Start it. Also set it on Automatic if it is not. A reboot may be required. Re-confirm again, and now try.
- Type eventvwr.msc /s in Start Menu Search Box & hit Enter to open the Event Viewer. Double-click on Applications & Services Logs and see if you are able to evaluate the event description or the cause of problem.
- Reset the Repository. To do so follows these steps:
Boot into Safe Mode without networking and open a command prompt as administrator.
Now Type net stop winmgmt and hit Enter. This will stop the Windows Management Instrumentation Service
Next go to C:\Windows\System32\wbem and rename the repository folder to repositoryold
Now again open a command prompt as administrator, type net stop winmgmt and hit Enter.
Next Type winmgmt /resetRepository and hit Enter.
Now see if you can create a System Restore Point manually.
Hope some of this helps.
Go here if you find that your System Restore Points are being deleted in Windows 7, here is you find that your System Restore Points being deleted on reboot and here if you want to check out our freeware System Restore Manager for Windows.