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    All but last restore point

    I am working on a friends laptop:
    Compaq CQ60-419WM
    OS is Window Vista Home Basic
    3 gb Ram

    I had to restore back to factory settings which is a pain with this laptop, however I finally got that done.

    The system seems to be working fine. After installing Windows Security Essential, I got all the updates installed along with a few utility softwares.

    I wanted to do a disk clean to remove all but the last restore point. It does does not give an option for "More Options" which I am used to on Win XP and Win 7.

    Does just doing the "Disk Clean" removed all but the last restore point?

    Thank You

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    Re: All but last restore point

    One other issue I ran into that has me scratching my head.

    In bios, the boot order is CD Rom, floppy drive and then Network.

    I made the Recovery Disks, but when I put the first disk in and reboot, it does not give the option to boot from the CD Rom, it just goes ahead and boots into windows.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks

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    Re: All but last restore point

    See the following for how to clean all but the last restore point in Vista: How to Remove or Delete all System Restore Points Except the Most Recent in Windows 7 and Vista?.

    Not sure about the boot sequence problem. I recommend you change the settings (save them but don't exit) and then change them back so the CD-ROM is first and maybe then the HDD (instead of the others) and then whatever else in whatever order (and then save them also). Confirm that there are no settings that are disabling the boot sequence and going directly to the Hard Drive (I've never seen any, but every BIOS is different). Check the CD you made in normal mode to make sure it is readable and working and that you can access it - it may just be a bad CD. Make certain that the CD you are using is a bootable CD - if it isn't, then it will automatically bypass the CD Drive boot option. Do you have another bootable CD you can use to test this? If not, make one to test it as follows: Make a bootable Recovery Disk using http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/ along with burning software like: http://www.snapfiles.com/get/active-isoburner.html and, of course, a blank CD. This CD may come in handy in any event - so it's good to have it.

    If that doesn't work, go to the computer manufacturer's website and get updated BIOS for your specific computer and version of Vista and install them (do so even if they are the same as the current BIOS may have a problem and this may fix it).

    Assuming it is a 32-bit Vista system, this is what you need (and check out the instructions link while you are there to be sure you do it properly): http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/s...966262&sw_lang=. If you have a 64-bit system, go back and get the proper ones as these are ONLY for 32-bit Vista. Check to make sure the Boot Sequence is correct. Then try booting to a bootable CD to see if it now works.

    I hope this helps. If not, post back with details and explanations of what happened and what you found (and whether both problems still exist or just one and which one that is).

    Good luck!

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    Re: All but last restore point

    Hi huffman and welcome to Vista Forums

    re:DiskClean

    The option you require is still available in Disk Cleanup, however you need to select the option Files from all users on this computer in order to be able to do so.

    re:Booting

    Assuming that the BIOS boot order is correct (please double check), are you sure that the disk is actually bootable? Check with a disk that you know is bootable, such as an OS disk (it doesn't matter which OS, you're just checking whether or not the system allows booting from the optical drive). Do you get a message saying Press any key to boot from CD or similar? If you do, and you don't press a key, the boot will fall through to the next device in the boot order. To boot from the disk, you need to press a key.

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    Re: All but last restore point

    In addition to the above solutions, the solution
    that I like is Ccleaner.
    If you use ccleaner it will remove all but the last restore point, by default, if tried from an administrator account.
    You can download and use for all your cleanup problems. It is excellent. I use it weekly.
    Piriform - Download CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva, Speccy - Millions of users worldwide!

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    Re: All but last restore point

    While I agree with Richard and also use CCleaner (though quite a bit less frequently and do not delete restore points as I have enough disk space and prefer to have the full 15% default amount just in case they are needed), I like to include the following caution. With Disk Cleanup, if you delete everything possible, you may include something you wish you hadn't but it will be merely inconvenient and will not harm your system.

    With CCleaner, you must be much more careful because this program if not used properly and with caution and with you paying attention to what you are doing can delete important and even critical files that could cause a great deal of trouble and have you back here (on a different computer) because what you deleted rendered the computer inoperable. Used properly, it's perfectly safe - but take care that in your zeal to do a thorough cleaning, you do not delete more than is appropriate or anything that is critical.

    I hope this helps.

    Good luck!

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    Re: All but last restore point

    @Lorien Good point
    @Huffman
    Stay away from the reg cleaner portion. Be sure that those items are not ticked, at least until you understand the consequence.

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    Re: All but last restore point

    First thanks for all the responses.

    My first quote for this project is that there should be a law:
    Some people should NOT be allowed to own a computer.
    When I try to elimate all but the last restore point this is what I should see:

    All but last restore point-diskclean1.jpg

    This is what I actually see:

    All but last restore point-diskclean2.jpg

    I have used Ccleaner for other purposes and I know it is a very good utility. In this case I had to use it to delete the restore points that were not needed. I had not known Ccleaner could do that so thanks for the heads-up.

    I have checked and rechecked the boot order and it is just as I said in my original post. CD-Rom, floppy (does not a floppy) and then Network. There is no option available for Hard Drive.

    I am not accomplished enough to flash the bios to upgrade, so I leave that to the experts.

    I really believe all the problems were caused by Nortons Internet Securties which came with the original software. I uninstalled Nortons and installed WSE and most of the problems were solved.

    He has picked up his laptop and is happy with results, so I guess I am happy also.

    Thanks again guys for all the help. I learned something new by taking on this project.

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    Re: All but last restore point

    It was our pleasure. Glad we could be of help.

    Thanks for the feedback and letting us know how it turned out - it is appreciated.

    I will request that this thread be marked solved.

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    Good luck and best wishes.

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