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System Restore S Not Able To Protect Your Computer


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#1 mhill2079

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 04:18 AM

When i try to run system restore from start, accessories, system tools, system restore, it says it is unable to protect my computer please restart and try again. Still says it after restart. If i try to turn off system restore from my computer. properties, it says system restore encountered an error trying to disable/enable one or more drives, restart and try again.

i did have a smitfraud virus a while back that i thought i had fixed all the damage from but i think it may have erased my ability to use system restore.

any help would be appreciated

thanks

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 04:49 AM

Try the fix at Kelly's Korner.

Restore/Enable System Restore - #278 on the left.

Right click on it and save the .reg file to your desktop. Then, double click on the file icon (on your desktop) to merge it into your registry. You may need to reboot your computer for the changes to take affect.

With any fix like this you should create a new restore point and backup the registry first. For backing up the registry I like to use ERUNT.
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Posted 04 December 2007 - 04:01 PM

I got erunt and made a backup and then got the fix and merged it but after the restart when i tried to run my system restore it gives me the same message

Edited by mhill2079, 04 December 2007 - 04:02 PM.


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Posted 05 December 2007 - 02:12 AM

Maybe there is some leftover SmitFraud on your system.

If you haven't already, try running SmitFraudFix.
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 07:57 AM

When i try to run system restore from start, accessories, system tools, system restore, it says it is unable to protect my computer please restart and try again. Still says it after restart. If i try to turn off system restore from my computer. properties, it says system restore encountered an error trying to disable/enable one or more drives, restart and try again.

i did have a smitfraud virus a while back that i thought i had fixed all the damage from but i think it may have erased my ability to use system restore.

any help would be appreciated

thanks

Is your drive partitioned or do you have a slave hdd too? If so, are they monitored for System Restore too? You'd have to stop monitoring those drives before you can turn it off on C.

This is from the Settings button in Computer Properties, System Restore Tab for Drive C:

(C:) is the system drive. You cannot turn off System Restore on this drive without turning it off on all drives. To do this, Click OK or Cancel to return to the System Restore tab.


I get a "warning" when I run a System Restore point telling me something about my other two partitions that sounds similar to what you say you get. That's because I have System Restore turned off for my other two extended partitions. But restoring C still works. So I just ignore the warning and do the restore.

If you have other partitions-drives, you might try turning System Restore off in those first, then turn off C: last. Then turn them back on. That might get it all working again. (But remember, if you do have any old restore points, they will all be deleted when you reset System Restore.)

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 02:37 PM

i ran smitfraud fix. system restore is still giving me the same messages. and to the other person i only have the c: drive.

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 03:45 PM

ok i got it fixed my self so if anyone else has the same problem....

I booted into safe mode, put in my windows xp service pack 2 disc, went to c:\windows\inf then to the sr.inf file, right clicked and then left click install, when prompt came up for location of files went to the xp disc and to the i386 folder. after it copied over the sr.inf file it asked for about 5 more but even though they were on the disc it said it couldn't copy them. so on each one i clicked to skip it and go on with the installation. at the end it said to restart. i click ok and let it boot into normal mode and it works now.




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