System Restore Points deleted or go missing in Windows

Are your System Restore Points missing in Windows 10/8/7? Maybe you opened the System Restore panel, rstrui.exe, with the intention of restoring your Windows computer back to a restore point and you found that the system restore points were deleted!

System Restore Points deleted

If this is the case you might want to check up on the following things!

  • Check if your System Restore is ‘On’ and working and that you have not manually turned off system restore. Because if you have manually turned off system restore, all your points get deleted.
  • Check if you have sufficient disk space on the drive/s because if you run out of available space, System Restore will just stop monitoring your system. System Restore is automatically suspended when there is less than 200 MB of free hard-disk space on the system drive and automatically resumes its monitoring activities, after 15 minutes, at the next system idle time, as soon as 200 MB of hard-disk space is available.
  • If you have upgraded to a newer version of Windows, the older system restore points may have got deleted.
  • Did you use the Disk Cleanup utility to delete all but the last restore point? Or maybe deleted ALL the restore points manually?
  • If you are running on Low Disk Space, System Restore may clean up, not all, but the oldest restore point, to make space for creating a new one.
  • Have you manually reduced the Data Store size? If so some of the older points may have got deleted. On Windows 7, the default System Restore Point Creation Interval is 24 Hours and the Restore Point Time to Live is 90 days. So older points would get deleted.
  • If you find that your system restore points are being deleted on every reboot, maybe your Page File is highly defragmented. You may try to defrag your Page File or disable, delete and then recreate the paging file. For more see this.

If you have already set Windows to create System Restore points, but notice that every time you restart your  computer, you find that your successfully created system restore points get deleted, you may have to check if the maximum storage size limit is set to low for your shadow storage.

To do so open Control Panel > System and Security > System and click on System protection.

Next, under Protection Settings, click to select the System Disk and then click Configure.

System Restore Points deleted

Now, under Disk Space Usage, move the Max Usage slider to the right to increase the disk space usage for System Restore points.

If you want to manage and customize your System restore points and options, you might want to download our freeware System Restore Manager.

If you want to be able to create a system restore point in a single click, see this. If you are just unable to create a system restore point go here.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.