Cannot Create a Restore Point
Suddenly I'm not able to create a Restore Point. I have been getting error message 0x80042306. I have tried reboot, tried Safe mode, neither has helped. I am thinking of doing a complete recovery, but thought I would ask you before taking this drastic step. Any help would be appreciated.
Why Can't I Create a Restore Point?
Windows has a nifty feature called System Restore that lets you roll back changes that have been made on your system, to return to a previous point when things were working. Restore points are created automatically by Windows on a weekly basis, or when you install a new program. You can also create a restore point manually, if you're planning to make some changes and you want to make sure you can fall back to a known good configuration. See my related article Time Travel With System Restore to learn more about System Restore.
But sometimes when Windows tries to create a restore point, a cryptic error occurs. Here are some tips to help resolve the "Unable to Create a Restore Point" error.
Let's start with the specific case mentioned above. Unfortunately, the error code 0x80042306 is not very helpful. The explanatory text from Microsoft simply says, "The restore point could not be created for the following reason: The shadow copy provider had an error. Check the System and Application event logs for more information." It turns out that the "shadow copy provider" is the Restore Point creator module of Windows, and a "shadow copy" or backup copy of your system files, is just another name for a Restore Point. In other words, "Something bad happened... Go away."
Sometimes just restarting your computer will solve this problem. Try again to create a restore point, either manually, or by re-attempting the software installation that was unsuccessful.
Defragmenting the hard drive may also cure this issue. It's possible that the Volume Shadow Copy service is stuck on some corrupted disk sectors. Checking the disk for errors and repairing them may work. See my article on Disk Defraggers for help with this task.
Some users have found that setting their Volume Shadow Copy service to "auto" instead of "manual" activation fixes this Restore Point problem. In Vista or Windows 7, type "services.msc" in the Search box and press enter. XP users, click Start, then Run, then enter services.msc. Find Volume Shadow Copy in the list of services and set it to "auto".
Some of the system files may be missing or corrupted. Try running a System File Checker scan to correct any such problems. The procedure is somewhat complex; you'll find it described here.
A "Clean Boot" will start Windows with a minimum of drivers and third-party software running. A clean boot can tell you whether the System Restore problem is likely due to a conflict with other software that has been installed recently. If the problem does not occur after a clean boot, you should begin eliminating third-party software until you can create a Restore Point again. The last program you removed was likely the culprit. Use Add/Remove Programs on the Control Panel to remove software from your computer.
Security software, including firewalls and antivirus suites, are sometimes the cause of restore point creation problems. You might try temporarily disabling such software one program at a time, to see if the problem disappears.
On final option is to disable System Restore and then re-enable it. I mention this last because it will remove all of your existing system restore points. To do this, open the System Properties window by right-clicking the (My) Computer icon on your desktop, then select Properties. Next, open the System Restore (XP) or System Protection (Vista, Win7) tab. Turn off System Restore, restart your computer, then re-enable it. Make sure System Restore is only active for the hard drive on which Windows is installed, usually the C: drive.
Do you have something to say about creating restore points, or using System Restore? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 25 Oct 2011
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