winPE isn't a OS
its sorta rescue disc (live cd), which loads Windows UI from CD/DVD
thus you can delete, rename and modify files that are usually locked
OK, I remember it now. But it’s not that they are locked. I have a unlocking utility & if I could get to them maybe unlocking & then deleting would work. If I knew where they were & are accessible, could do that.
What I think is happening is this;
Those old restore points were made automatically at the time I made the system images. Those restore points don’t want to disappear unless they’re removed by going though Win Backup & they find their old linkage w/ those backups that made them. I remember that there is a box that asks you if you want to delete or overwrite a particular dated backup.
However, I didn’t delete those backups from the backup program, but rather through Windows Explorer or just trashed the USB drives they were on.
@extraoneya, have you tried to go through the instructions here, which shows how to delete all previous restore points? Then you can create a new manual restore point to use as a new starting point.
Before you create a new manual restore point, you can also take Aloha's suggestion to temporarily disable System Restore, reboot, and check and make sure that C:\hiberfil.sys is deleted. (It's normally a hidden system file so be sure that "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" is UN-checked in Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > View > Advanced.) Then you should be able to re-enable System Restore and continue.
Cheers and Regards
Yup...been there & done ALL the published solutions, shut down Sys Restore, decreased the size, used disk cleanup, used other utilities...etc.....etc...
See above for why I think they don't want to leave the comforts of where ever they call home.
I actually have this problem on 2 separate computers, both running win7 Pro x64. I haven't seen any reference to anyone else having the Identical issue.