System Restore Error 0x80042308 “Object could not be found”

System Restore Error 0x80042308 “Object could not be found”

When you attempt to create a new Restore Point, the error 0x80042308 may pop up and the 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.

System Restore Error 0x80042308 “Object could not be found”

Also, the same error code appears when you create a backup using the built-in Windows Backup and Restore tool. It reports the following error:

The backup did not complete successfully. A shadow copy could not be created for the following reason: The specified object was not found. (0x80042308)

And the failed backup task records an event log entry with ID: 4100.

Log Name:      Application
Source:        Windows Backup
Date:          
Event ID:      4100
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      
Description:
File backup failed because a shadow copy could not be created. The system might be low on resources. The error is: (0x80042308).

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How to Create a Restore Point and Roll-back to a Previous Restore Point

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System Restore has always been an invaluable rescue feature built-in with all versions of Windows. It helps you revert back to a previous working state if something goes haywire after installing a software, device driver or an OS update delivered through Windows Update. This post tells you how to enable System Restore, create a restore point, and rollback to a previous restore point.Read more

Lost Administrator Rights in Windows 10/11? Recover the Account via Windows RE

UAC Yes Button Missing

Summary: This article tells you how to restore your user account’s lost administrator rights and privileges in Windows 10 and 11.

This article talks about the “lost administrator rights” issue caused by tampered user account group membership. Similar to the ‘lost password’ scenario, losing your account’s administrator rights & privileges is an awkward lock-out situation where the user can’t run anything that requires elevation.

If your user account has lost admin rights, it may have been caused by malware. Or you may have inadvertently set yourself a “Standard User” via Account settings or configured the Local Security Policy or user account group membership incorrectly.

This means you can’t go back to the User Account settings page and set yourself as administrator. In such cases, the Yes button in the UAC dialog will be missing or grayed out.

UAC Yes Button Missing

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How to Selectively Delete System Restore Points

vss list shadow copies restore points

The System Restore user interface doesn’t have an option to remove individual restore points. But, it’s possible to remove Restore Points selectively using the Vssadmin command-line, PowerShell, or by writing a program that makes use of the SRRemoveRestorePoint API in Windows Vista through Windows 10.

This article explains the two methods to delete individual restore points in Windows.

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How to Create Automatic System Restore Points Daily in Windows 10/11

system restore list of restore points in windows 11 - 24 hrs frequency

This post tells you how to schedule the creation of daily System Restore point during startup or logon in all versions of Windows, including Windows 10 and Windows 11.

The first method involves a VBScript that I wrote to create restore points, and the 2nd method uses the WMI command-line tool Wmic.exe. The script method has an advantage where you can force the creation of restore point even if a previous restore point was created within the last 24 hours.Read more

How to Delete All System Restore Points in Windows

what is system volume information folder, and can i delete it

Are you running out of hard disk space even after clearing out the temporary folder and other junk files? You may consider lowering the disk space allotted to System Restore or delete the System Restore snapshots which include previous versions of files. Upgrading the hard disk is the ultimate solution though. Delete All System Restore … Read more

How to Lower the Disk Space Allotted to System Restore in Windows

what is system volume information folder, and can i delete it

System Restore uses a considerable amount of disk space on the computer. While it’s not a problem for systems with bigger hard drives, you most likely would be running out of disk space in systems with a low-capacity drive such as a 150 GB hard disk, especially if you have Windows 10.

If you’re running short of disk space, you can analyze disk usage by files and programs, clear previous Windows installation files, and wipe out temporary & junk files using Disk Cleanup or CCleaner. In addition, you can lower the disk space allotted to System Restore to free up disk space in any version of Windows.

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How to Create System Restore Points using Script or Command-Line

create restore point wmic.exe

System Restore is a valuable feature in Windows that helps you easily recover the system in the event of any misconfiguration. If you’ve been using the System Restore feature regularly, then you need to know how to create System Restore Points with a single click using the command-line. You can also do this by scripting it using WMI or PowerShell.

This article discusses some methods to quickly create a System Restore point in a single click in Windows 11, Windows 10, and earlier Operating Systems.Read more

Restore Point creation disabled by Group Policy

sr policy

When you start the System Restore utility (rstrui.exe), the message System Restore has been turned off by your system administrator. To turn on System Restore, contact your system administrator.” appears.

Also when you open System Properties and select the System Protection tab, the Create button may be grayed out, and the following message is displayed.Read more