System Restore Restoration:
2. for the "system restore" stuff i had a hard time finding a solution for my computer: i'll share this for the benefit of anyone who might encounter this problem! i reinstalled system restore (windows xp pro sp 2).
click start, run and type %Windir%\INF
find the SR.INF file.
right-click the SR.INF file, and then click install
Windows may prompt for the Windows installation source path.
Point to %Windir%\ServicePackFiles(service pack of your system) folder, or dowload the WindowsXP-KB835935-SP2-ENU.exe from microsoft(follow the details on how to install etc.) which i did since mine was missing(i386 file to be exact) for reasons i dont know