XP Professional, HP Pavilion 8860. Two days ago I used Autorun to remove from the start menu several download programs that had inserted themselves there. I did *not* do a thing to any file from Microsoft, or anything I did not recognize as something I had downloaded and sometimes use but which did not need to run at startup. However, when next I rebooted, I found that clicking on "Start" produced a much reduced display. So far I have been able to find, by a bit of poking around, everything I need, but I would rather have the old, fuller display back and not have to waste time searching.
So I tried to run System Restore, and found that, for the first on this computer or with this OS, it didn't work. It went through the whole procedure, but after rebooting it displayed the message "Restoration incomplete. Your computer cannot be restored to [date]. No changes have been made to your computer. To choose another restore point, restart System Restore."
No matter what restore point I choose, the result is the same. The restore points, by the way, were generated automatically by sysrestore and not manually by me.
I went through the entire procedure set forth in MS article 310560, up to & including running System Restore in Safe Mode, and the result is the same.
I then ran sysrestoreenable.reg (kelys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm), which I had found recommended in this forum. The result of that was that the System Restore procedure now does not get beyond the "Confirm Restore Point Selection" box; I click on "Next," but nothing happens, except that I get a popup box: "StartupMonitor Warning: The Program *Restore has registered the executable c:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui-exe i to run at system startup. Do you wish to allow this change?"
I suppose I can do a repair install, following http://bertk.mvps.org/html/reinstall.html;
but I would prefer if possible to use the existing restore points. Is there any way other than reinstalling to restore functionality?