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#1 John H Walker

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 03:20 AM

Has anyone any idea why System Restore has ceased to function on my PC. I am using Windows XP, home version.
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Posted 05 October 2007 - 04:38 AM

What happens when you try to use System Restore? Do you get any error messages?
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Posted 05 October 2007 - 04:58 AM

Yes, I get a message "System Restore Could Not Restore Your Computer To An Earlier Time"
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Posted 05 October 2007 - 05:13 AM

Windows XP System Restore

Some common problems that could cause System Restore not to work properly and their solutions include the following:

  • There is less than 200 MB of free space available on the computer—free up some space on the hard drive by deleting unused files or images.
  • After rebooting, the restoration is unsuccessful—choose an earlier restore point and try again.
  • Restoration was denied due to non-administrator status—log out and then back in as an administrator.
  • The System Restore Service is not running—Open Administrative Tools, click Computer Management, and then click Services and Applications. Click Services, and double-click System Restore Services from the list. Verify the service is started and running. If not, under Service status, click Start and change the startup type to Automatic.


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Posted 05 October 2007 - 10:01 AM

Hi John H Walker.

MS SR often fails when you need it most. It seems to be rather fragile. Some infections intentionally break SR just so you can't use it.

SR, when it works, restores both the Registry and the OS files including installed programs on C:.
From now on I strongly urge you to use ERUNT (free) which automatically performs a full backup of the Registry every time you log on.

A way to keep a "snapshot" of all the files on C: can be done by using programs like Acronis True Image and Norton Ghost (both are $). You need to get a snapshot when your PC is malware-free and all you applications are installed and working. This is far better than doing a Restore or Recovery reinstallation which wipes out all your files, settings and applications.
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Posted 05 October 2007 - 10:03 AM

Usually the best way to repair System Restore is to purge the current archive and let it start a new one.

To do this you can run sysdm.cpl access the System Restore tab -- turn off System Restore -- then turn it back on again.

A new restore point will be created. The old ones will be lost. You can also try creating a new check point manually and testing it.
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 06:46 AM

An outstanding reference for System Restore: http://bertk.mvps.org/
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