How to Fix System Restore Error 80042308?

When you attempt to create a new Restore Point, the following error may pop up and Restore Point isn’t created:

The restore point could not be created for the following reason: The specified object could not be found. (0x80042308) Please try again.

Use these steps to resolve the problem:

Step 1: Clear all restore points

1. Press WinKey + R to bring up the Run dialog.

2. Type sysdm.cpl and press {ENTER}

3. In system protection tab, select the available drives which have protection on, click Configure, click “Turn off system protection” or “Disable system protection” (in Windows 10).

4. Click Apply and click Yes when you see the following prompt:

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Are you sure you want to turn off system protection on this drive?

Existing restore points on the disk will be deleted and new restore points will not be created. You will not be able to use System Restore to undo unwanted system changes on all drive.

4. Then turn on the Protection.

Step 2: Restart Volume Shadow Copy Service

1. Click Start, type in services.msc and then press {ENTER}.

2. Double-click the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).

3. Click the Stop button to stop the service.

4. Click the Start button to restart it.

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5. Make sure that the start type of VSS service is set to Manual.

This should resolve System Restore Error 0x80042308 (80042308)

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