The specified object was not found (0x80042308) System Restore error

If System Restore did not complete successfully on your Windows 10/8/7 PC & you received error The specified object was not found (0x80042308), then this post offers some potential fixes that may help you resolve the issue successfully.

The Specified Object Was Not Found (0x80042308) For System Restore

The specified object was not found (0x80042308)

Sometimes a simple reboot can help you resolve the issue, but if that does not help, try these suggestions.

1] Temporarily disable antivirus

Disable the antivirus program on the computer and check if that solved the problem.

Note: You cannot keep your antivirus deactivated. Whether or not this solves the problem, you must enable the antivirus program back.

2] Third-party app trouble

A third party software or app could be the reason behind this error. In order to rule out this possibility, try booting in clean boot state. This is how:

1] Log on to the device with administrator rights.

2] Press Win + R to open the Run windows and type ‘msconfig.exe’ and press ‘ENTER’ to access System Configuration Utility.

3] If the system asks for admin password, feed in the password and click ‘OK’ or ‘Continue’.

4] Find ‘Selective Startup’ in the ‘General’ tab and click it.

5] Uncheck the ‘Load startup items’ checkbox and click on Apply to save the settings.Uncheck Load Startup Services

6] Now go to the ‘Services’ tab and select the ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ checkbox.

7] You will see the ‘Disable all’ option. Click it and then click ‘OK’. This disables all “non-Microsoft” services on the system.Disable non-Microsoft services

8] Restart your device.

Create a restore point and check if the problem persists.

Clean Boot troubleshooting is designed to isolate a performance problem. To perform clean-boot troubleshooting, you must take a number of actions, and then restart the computer after each action. You may need to manually disable one item after another to try and pinpoint the one that is causing the problem. Once you have identified the offender, you can consider removing or disabling it.

Note: The computer must be back in the Normal Startup mode after this troubleshooting. Here is how to do it in case you didn’t know:

1] Go to System Configuration from ‘Start’ menu.

2] Go to the ‘General’ tab and click ‘Normal Startup.

3] Now go to the ‘Services’ tab and clear the ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ checkbox.

4] Find and click ‘Enable all’ and confirm if prompted.

5] Now go to Task Manager and enable all startup programs and confirm the action.

Restart the device when prompted.

3] Remove all restore points & Restart Volume Shadow Copy Service

The 0x80042308 error occurs due to corrupt Volume Shadow Copy. So first run System File Checker.

After this, proceed as follows to remove all previous restore points:

  1. Go to ‘Properties’ of ‘Computer’ from the ‘Start’ menu.
  2. Go to ‘Advanced’ system settings.
  3. Select the available drives with protection under the ‘System Protection’ tab.
  4. Go to ‘Configure’ and click the ‘Turn off system protection’ option.
  5. Turn on the protection back again.

To restart Volume Shadow Copy Service:

  1. Type ‘services.msc’ in the search bar from the Start menu and open the Services Manager
  2. Locate and double-click ‘Volume Shadow Copy Service’.
  3. Right-click on it and then first Stop the service and then Start it again.

Try to create a System Restore point now – it should work.

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Karan Khanna is a passionate Windows 10 user who loves troubleshooting Windows problems in specific and writing about Microsoft technologies in general.