@Not Myself. Let's use a Linux distro for step #5 from topguncp.
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This is Ubuntu. You can boot your system to the Ubuntu DVD and tell it you want to "Try Ubuntu" and not install it onto your system. The entire operating system will run completely from RAM, and no changes will be made to your Windows installation. It will require a DVD or flash drive, and not a CD (too small). From the Ubuntu desktop, you should be able to explore your drive C, find the System Volume Information folder, and delete it. Then shut down/exit from Ubuntu and boot back into Windows.
Yes, I have the software, but it was being malevolent. I even went to the web site and read the relevant part of the FAQ, but when I followed its instructions, it did not do what it was supposed to do. I clicked on OK, or whatever it was that then appeared, which was very quickly followed by an error message to the effect that the program could not read the file properly. (This was, obviously, using an earlier copy of the .iso, one that FDM was quite willing to place in my downloads folder.)
I thought that downloads of the iso were slow with FDM, but Edge is a quantum of time slower.
I shall endeavor to use Ctrl-J to find the file, once Edge is willing to finish the download.
In terms of today taking much more time than the two hours you had allotted, that is one of the many corollaries to Murphy's Law (note the proper apostrophe,) Everything Takes Longer Than It Takes. I claim that Murphy was an optimist: He said that if something can go wrong, it will, whereas I firmly believe it to be more accurate to say when something goes wrong, not if.
That just reflects a part of my life as a prep school teacher and coach, a leader of wilderness backpack and canoe trips for 12-14-year-old boys, and having been a fire chief, all situations where having things go wrong, no matter how well you are prepared, trained, and equipped, is a given.
Theoretically, I now have a bootable USB key. Rufus does not state that, but the progress bar appears to be full, and Rufus says 'Ready," which if I remember, means that it is set to format/install. I shall be trying this soon.
I am downloading the ubuntu file; I assume that it is to be run and will give instructions on copying or whatever to a DVD.
Given the rather total lack of progress over nearly five hours so far, who knows where this will lead.
You can use RUFUS to create the Linux flash drive.
I'm sorry, but if topguncp's step #5 fixes the Restore Point issue, it may fix Macrium as well, and a repair install won't be needed.
This is an excerpt from the Macrium Support Forum:
"System restore points are not included in the snapshot and can take up to 10% of the partition capacity."
Windows RESTORE POINTS... are they imaged?
If true, a restore of the image done while booted from the MR Rescue Media should result in "0" restore points, just the folder structure.
Figured out, somewhat, how to get Free Download Manager to download the .iso directly into my downloads folder; with the file there, I used Refus to create a bootable Linux USB key.
Booted into bios, changed boot sequence, booted into Linux; after a while, figured out how to find the System Volume file, which had seventeen entries; sent it to trash, deleted it from there, rebooted to Windows.
Tried to create Restore Point, got the same error as before.
Having now made no apparent progress over six and one-half hours, I am ready for the next process, if you are up to continuing.
Would it help were Io brew a pot of strong coffee and email it to you?
Open Macrium, select Other Tasks, and Add Recovery Boot Menu Option...
Select W10PE 64 bit (everything else will say not built).
Macrium will update your boot menu. This will give you an option to boot into the Macrium rescue environment in the future. It will show as an option each time you boot your computer. This just makes life easier if you need to restore an image. If your hard drive fails/should need to be replaced, you'd still need a Macrium bootable disk or flash drive to do that. Again, this is optional. If you don't want Macrium in your boot menu, then skip this step.
Perform a Repair Install with an In-Place Upgrade:
Here is the tutorial:
Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums
There is an excellent video as well.
Here are the steps:
- Be sure you are in an administrative account.
- Locate the Windows 10 ISO on your desktop.
- Disconnect all peripherals from the system except keyboard, mouse and monitor.
- Right-click the W10 ISO and select MOUNT.
- Using File Explorer, navigate to the new drive letter of the mounted ISO.
- Locate the file setup.exe and run it.
- Select Download and Install Updates when prompted.
- Accept the license terms.
- When it gets to Ready to Install, verify it is installing the correct version of W10 (Home or Pro), and it says "keep personal files and apps". If it doesn't, click change what to keep and select to keep personal files and apps.
- Now you wait.
- When it finishes, you will have to setup your customized settings, just like a new install.
- Once you are on the desktop, you will want to turn Fast Startup OFF, and System Restore ON.
Any questions, please ask.
I can indeed confirm this, as I have 2 systems which I restored mid-August, and there are no System Restore Points dated prior to the restoration on either of them (just checked). They were both "intelligent sector copy"; not sure if the "exact copy" option would include them or not - you would think that it would include them, as a forensic examination would need them.