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how to correct system restore error 0x81000204


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#1 mkt1email

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 09:48 AM

I have a lenovo IdeaPad z580 with an i5-3210M CPU  and 8 gb ram 64 bit windows 8

My system restore is not working and gives me 0x81000204 error.

the computer is acting goofy in last 3 days and I need to restore.

Please help me.

 



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#2 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 11:12 AM

Hi

 

have you tried offline system restore ( system restore from outside of Windows ) ?. If not, please try option one from the below tutorial.

 

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/4692-system-restore-how-do-windows-8-a.html 



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Posted 08 April 2014 - 11:22 AM

Let me suggest that you completely abandon System Restore and switch to disc imaging. System Restore is great when it works, but there are simply too many times when it doesn't. And even when it does, it's limited in what it restores. Disc Imaging is simply the best method of backing you your data and drive(s) and when done on a regular basis assures you never have to worry about being able to retrieve data or get your system up and running again after almost any problem.



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Posted 10 July 2017 - 02:24 AM

Let me suggest that you completely abandon System Restore and switch to disc imaging. System Restore is great when it works, but there are simply too many times when it doesn't. And even when it does, it's limited in what it restores. Disc Imaging is simply the best method of backing you your data and drive(s) and when done on a regular basis assures you never have to worry about being able to retrieve data or get your system up and running again after almost any problem.

 

Now you tell me!!  OK, I know this is an old thread.

 

Seriously, I do make images regularly - every couple of weeks on my main XP machine - but didn't on my new-ish laptop while I was setting up Windows 10.

 

On XP, System Restores worked fairly well, ie. didn't fail often.

 

On Windows 10, I haven't had a single Restore work. OK, I only tried three times (three different restore points), but you'd think one of them would work.

 

So it's back to a re-install of W10. Fortunately I haven't spent too much time on this laptop, but "Hey, Microsoft, thanks a bundle".


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 02:31 AM

System Restore has its place.

 

It is not a substitute for backup.

 

I do frequent disk images and daily backups of volatile (personal) data.

 

Because of the "frequency", I will create System Restore points before making changes to my system such as installing/uninstalling software, virus/malware scans, etc. in case something goes wrong.

 

If I were doing a system upgrade, or a change with wider scope than above, then I would do a disk image first.


Edited by jwoods301, 10 July 2017 - 02:34 AM.





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