Windows 10 1709 System Restore problems...

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  1.    15 Jan 2018 #1

    Windows 10 1709 System Restore problems...


    Unlike many I quite like Edge, the fact that it doesn’t have millions of add-ons is not a problem for me. However a couple of days ago I came across one of Edge’s apparently well documented ‘funnies’ - it lost all my bookmarks. Luckily I’d saved these a month or so ago so I was able to partly rescue the situation. Before doing so I attempted a system restore only to be met with error 0x8007000. I uninstalled MalwareBytes but to no avail. I uninstalled Casper cloning software as I'd read that could adversly affect system restore, again to no avail. Uninstalling these gives me other errors but system restore always fails.

    Invoking safe mode (shift+restart - Troubleshoot - Advanced Options - System Restore) appears to allow me to do a system restore BUT also flags up critical event 41 Kernel - Power errors in my Event Viewer...

    Oh and it doesn’t restore Edge bookmarks - but maybe it shouldn’t...

    Is there a way to make system restore work properly (I miss F8 in XP!) If this has been covered in previous posts, my apologies.

    Thank You.
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  2.    15 Jan 2018 #2

    Sorry, I can't tell you how to fix that particular problem with System Restore- it's not an obvious error number as far as I can see.
    Our view is that System Restore - when it works- can be helpful, but using a restore point doesn't always work.

    System Restore does not affect or back up user data. It is not a well-defined feature- but does apply to drivers, system files, installed programs.

    You can add Safe Mode to your boot options if you wish:
    Add Safe Mode to Boot Options in Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    You can also boot to Advanced Startup options from the login screen (Power button, SHIFT + left click Restart)
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  3.    15 Jan 2018 #3

    This won't help you with your now-lost bookmarks, but this article explains how to backup and restore such things for all the major browsers, including Edge: How to backup and restore my Internet favorites or Bookmarks. HTH,
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  4.    16 Jan 2018 #4

    dalchina- thanks for your input.

    I did try the "bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard” command hoping that would give me F8 option but I get an error message:-

    The set command specified is not valid.
    Run "bcdedit /?" for command line assistance.
    The parameter is incorrect.
    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32>

    This doesn't appear to be my only issue as when I booted into Safe Mode using another method the search box did not bring up the usual System Restore options box.

    Ed - thanks also for your input. I'm going to make saving a copy of my favourites a regular thing now...

    computers - what would we do without them!
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  5.    16 Jan 2018 #5

    computers - what would we do without them!
    1. Have more free time, less stress, and other concerns.
    2. A different life?
    3. Less productivity, creativity, information.

    A different ballgame completely, without computers. Let's leave it like it is for a while yet, please!?
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  6.    16 Jan 2018 #6

    Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials

    - Here's where to look:
    Windows 10 Tutorial Index Tutorials

    - I just searched for F8

    - but don't expect it to necessarily work reliably- it was removed for a reason. You may be lucky..
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  7.    17 Jan 2018 #7

    I'm wondering if the original Favorites folder is still intact byte-wise, not over-written yet.; however, finding that folder is going to take a data recovery utility that can search on a known favorite file or text within a known file; hopefully, if one favorite URL (file) is found, the rest maybe can be recovered.
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  8.    18 Jan 2018 #8

    Thanks for all your suggestions - I think I may just have to save a copy of my Edge favourites as and when I remember and be prepared for the worse...

    Dalchina - thanks for the F8 links. Unfortunately they don't work.

    Accessing Safe Mode from Windows via settings (a looong procedure) gets me there but interestingly when I enter 'restore' in the search box in Safe Mode it brings up the System Properties box as usual BUT the System Protection tab is missing !

    As someone mentioned it appears System Restore in W10 may be a bit hit and miss. Also if I do a System Restore and get the message to say that all has gone well, the actual restore point is not subsequently listed...

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  9.    18 Jan 2018 #9

    Yep, I warned you- probably won't work if you have fast boot enabled as well. Point is, the boot mechanism has been changed so the likelihood of you hitting F8 at the right time is much much lower than it was.

    Try added Safe Mode to your boot options (post #2).

    And use disk imaging routinely e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) ) - so many advantages. (Hint- you can mount and explore a disk image and extract files from it if you wish).

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    - note the daily restore point I have scheduled.. there's a tutorial on how to set that up.
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  10.    23 Jan 2018 #10

    Dalchina said >Yep, I warned you< I know and I did take note !!!

    I have fast boot turned off. It doesn't appear to have any significant effect on this machine - apart from throwing up kernel errors in the Event Viewer when it's on.

    I have had problems following a couple of the tutorials in that I'm essentially unable to run the appropriate commands from the 'elevated command prompt'. At the risk of showing myself up to be a numpty - I'm presuming that the option of selecting Windows Power Shell (Admin) via right-clicking the start button is the same ? I can run SFC from here so I presume I'm in the right place. When I try to run the required command as instructed in the tutorials I get the error - 'The set command specified is not valid'

    Incidentally I use Casper to clone my SSD to an external HD. This runs off an external PSU so when not actually cloning the power is turned off so it 'should' not be visible to the outside world...

    Thanks again for your help.
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