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I Fixed my Broken System Restore. Yipee!

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#1 buttoni


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Posted 08 February 2009 - 10:41 AM

I'm so proud of myself and thought I'd share a useful fix. For about 4 months now, my System Restore has not been fully working properly. Not sure exactly what broke it. Maybe a power outage, improper shutdown or file corruption. Dunno. It was creating System Checkpoints I could see on the SR calendar. It would manually create restore points for me. But every time I'd try to system restore to an earlier date, I'd get an error saying "Unable to restore to the earlier date. System was not restored. Select another date." (or something to that effect). But selecting every date on the calendar would result in the same error. Grrrrr! Backing up to an older ERUNT registry wasn't really an option, because I didn't know how far back to go without messing things up & undoing huge amounts of Windows updates/patches/new installs/uninstalls.

Started researching on this and other tech forums, as well as Googling and found this possible fix.


I first did a backup of my (all-users) registry using ERUNT (just in case my experiment damaged my system further) and a scannow to be sure system files on my HDD were all OK. I reinstalled System Restore per the directions at the above link. I did have to navigate to a couple of the files needed during that process. But once all steps completed, it said it had reinstalled System Restore & I got no errors whatsoever. Note*******that doing this wipes out all prior restore points! It appears to have created one when done, but not knowing this, I created one OK myself. Then I waited one day and tried a manual restore to the day before and IT WORKED!!!!!

Hope this link proves useful to others as well.

Edited by buttoni, 08 February 2009 - 10:51 AM.

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#2 garmanma


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Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:42 AM

Thank you for sharing your fix
Glad you got it working
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