No,I haven't used Disc Cleanup or any other disc cleanup program that would clean restore points. (I do occasionally,once a month,use Ascentive PC SpeedScan Pro to check my computer for errors,but I have found that when I do the scan and/or fix the errors that it has found,it hasn't had any affect on system restore points). The Ascentive Software comes from finallyfast.com-I saw the commercial and went online to purchase it in October-I've only been having a problem with restore points for only a month now,so,if the Ascentive software caused me to lose restore points,it would have done it back in October and November.
O.K.,I'll just tell you everything,here goes:
The reason I felt the need to purchase the Ascentive software is because back in October(October 15th to be exact),my laptop's screen became black with a mouse cursor in the middle of it that would move after automatic installation of 5 Windows Updates. After that,I turned the computer off and then turned it on and I was presented with the screen that said Launch Startup Repair or Start Windows Normally and it said something to the effect that my computer has been damaged or something. To make a long story short(I'll try),I called Gateway tech support after launching startup repair and trying to start windows normally-they failed and my computer kept rebooting over and over again trying to repair itself to no avail,but anyway,Gateway tech rep. took me through most of the F8 options: system restore,last good configuration,etc. and none of those worked(my computer would not start up or take me to the logon screen) and what I was left with was full factory recovery or recovery with automatic data backup,and I chose recovery with automatic data backup even though Gateway told me to choose full factory recovery because I had never backed up any of my files prior to my computer failing,so I had no choice and nothing to lose. If I would have chose full factory recovery,I would have lost everything.
Since doing the recovery with automatic data backup,I have had many problems with my computer that have for the most part, been fixed. For 2 months after doing the recovery with backup my computer had blue screens,was freezing constantly,losing Windows Update History even though I had set it up for updates after the recovery with backup,and most importantly my computer was doing an automatic disc check about everytime I turned on my computer-The screen would say "Checking file system on C,One of your discs needs to be checked for consistency." Then it would proceed to recover orphaned and lost files,delete corrupted files,something with bad sectors and on and on. But,it doesn't do any of this anymore after doing a complete disc check on December 9th-it went through all 5 stages and that nicked these problems in the bud-no more freezing,blue screens,automatic disc checks etc
-a Gateway tech had me do the full disc check-it took 2-3 hours to do that. But,the only problem I am having right now is with the system restore and occasionally internet explorer stops responding,but that's about it.
I do believe there's some lingering corrupted and lost files issues because I ran the full disc check a couple of weeks ago,and the screen during the disc check is still showing that it is recovering lost files and deleting corrupted files,etc. And I just ran a scan with the Ascentive software yesterday,and it says that I have 8 Class errors,4 Missing Shared files errors,and 15 Invalid File extension errors. I have not clicked the button to fix the errors yet,though. What all this could mean?-I don't know. Maybe,there are missing files or registry errors(Class errors) that could be causing me to lose restore points-I don't know. What do you think? I do have all my old preOctober 15th program and window files in my C backup folder from doing the recovery with automatic data backup,so I might could replace the system restore program or repair it with a corresponding file in that C backup folder. I was able to do that with the SensApi(system 32 file) that was causing problems-I was getting a popup error screen saying that there was an error with the SensApi file and I deleted that file and replaced it with the same exact system 32 file in my C backup folder,and it fixed it-no more pesky SensApi error screens!
Could I do something like that with the system restore program that is not working correctly? Could I replace some of the System Restore files with the same corresponding files that I have in my C backup folder like I did with the SensApi file?
P.S. I know that this was a long post,I just wanted to lay everything out on the
table. Now you know everything! It's all here!