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18-Oct-2007, 12:03 AM #1
Disk cleanup fails to remove all but most recent restore point
I am using XP sp2 Pro. Disk cleanup will not remove all but most recent restore point.
I start cleanmgr.exe select drive C:, select tab more options, click on System restore clean up. The software runs and gives no errors.
I check how many restore points I have. (many)
I reboot, re-check restore points (still many).
It seems the software used to work.

Are there any services that need to be turned on
Besides system restore (automatic and started) ?

Anyone have this problem ?
Anyone know of any software conflicts?

How about a work around ?

I can limit the number of restore points by limiting the disk space
available to the system restore.



TIA,

Lewis ave
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18-Oct-2007, 01:57 AM #2
why dont you allow Win XP to delete all your old system restore points? I don't understand why you would use an outside software to do what windows does expertly. If you are completely happy with the way your computer is operating, and are 100% sure you do not have any malware/viruses on your computer, simply trun off the system restore feature inside of xp, then shutdown/reboot your computer, re-enable the system restore function on your computer, and create a new restore point. Bingo, bobs yur uncle, and all your old restore points are now gone.
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18-Oct-2007, 08:14 AM #3
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The software I spoke about is Microsoft software.
It is an integral part of the xp software.
While I appreciate your reply, you do know the name of the Microsoft programs.

Disk Clean up is MicroSoft software.
It does not work as advertised.
The process you suggest does work.
It takes 7 to 10 minutes. It is an awkward work around.
The disk clean process should run in 30 seconds.
It did in the past.

I know of no malware on my pc.
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19-Oct-2007, 12:07 AM #4
oops...sorry, I thought you were using some sort registry cleaner or such. I wasnt posting my reply in an aggressive manner, only suggesting what I use myself. I have used MS disk cleanup, but since my computers native language is Dutch, its called "Schiifopruiming", so I didnt realize that was what you were referring to. I have never noticed my "disk cleanup" deleting any of my system restore points, and I always run it before I defrag my hard drive. Best of luck with your problem.

edited for spelling correction

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19-Oct-2007, 12:19 AM #5
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Originally Posted by lewisave
friend
The software I spoke about is Microsoft software.
It is an integral part of the xp software.
While I appreciate your reply, you do know the name of the Microsoft programs.

Disk Clean up is MicroSoft software.
It does not work as advertised.
The process you suggest does work.
It takes 7 to 10 minutes. It is an awkward work around.
The disk clean process should run in 30 seconds.
It did in the past.

I know of no malware on my pc.
you're naive or misinformed.

diskcleanup doesn't do anything with restore points, just removes items in several boxes that can be selected from various folders/areas within xp.

if it hasn't been done in xp for a whille it can take over an hour.

i do it once a week and remove up to 500meg of items in the specific folders that aren't needed and it takes less than 5 min.

DISKCLEANUP MAY WORK IN 30 SECS IF XP IS THE ONLY THING LOADED ON A BRAND NEW INSTALL.

system restore cleanup isn't diskcleanup by a long shot.
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19-Oct-2007, 05:15 AM #6
You show courage,
replying in a native language is difficult enough.
Replying in a second language is admirable.
Thank you again.


I appreciate your honest and quick reply.
My ancestry is also Dutch, thought I admit little knowledge about the language. I could not have replied in Dutch.
I studied Chinese and German.
Perhaps I could learn Dutch and a little patience with people.

your reply was fine,
in fact the frustration is in me.
I have a newly built pc that shows a few
strange problems.

For example some of my USB ports work others do not.
I diagnosed it to marginal USB power supply problems.

Yet I got my pc to display movies on my 42 inch LCD television.

I can fix some problems others escape me.

Best regards,
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19-Oct-2007, 08:10 AM #7
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you're naive or misinformed.

diskcleanup doesn't do anything with restore points, just removes items in several boxes that can be selected from various folders/areas within xp.
Diskcleanup, when run as the poster indicated, should remove all restore points except the latest. I don't know why it isn't working as advertised.

Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool
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19-Oct-2007, 12:38 PM #8
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Diskcleanup, when run as the poster indicated, should remove all restore points except the latest. I don't know why it isn't working as advertised.

Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool
from the link:

Remove Restore Points
To remove all restore points except the most recent restore point, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
2. Right-click the disk in which you want to free up space, and then click Properties.
3. Click the General tab, and then click Disk Cleanup.
4. Click the More Options tab, and then under System Restore, click Clean up.
5. Click Yes to remove all but the most recent restore point.
6. Click OK, click Yes to proceed with this action, and then click OK.

i just did it and step #4 doesn't come up, just goes into process showing how much is in each folder in the dropdown box..
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19-Oct-2007, 01:48 PM #9
So, on display that shows all the folders (Temporary Internet Files, Office Setup Files,Recycle Bin, etc) and the sizes, at the top there is not a "More Options" tab beside the "General" tab?
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19-Oct-2007, 02:43 PM #10
yes there is but i had never seen nor clicked on it, thank you.
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19-Oct-2007, 04:27 PM #11
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yes there is but i had never seen nor clicked on it, thank you.
But, now that you have, you do see the option to do System Restore cleanup?
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19-Oct-2007, 05:28 PM #12
yes, should have said that in the earlier post.
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