If I ever get in, can I delete some restore points I'd rather not keep around?
i wish we could choose a point and go with it. Unfortunately with system restore it's all or nothin'. Either you have the points you have...sometimes dating back 90 days or so, or you disable it, re-enable it
and thats your new point. You can limit the amount of disk space that system restore can use, however. By cutting it back to 50MBs, for instance, you force it to overwrite existing files when it reaches the maximum allowed space. I'd much rather save a good point that occupies 5 MB's of space using the file compression it does, but who asked me, huh?
As for taking a look at whats there, have you ever tried this?Start
-->run-->type cmd-->opens command prompt window. type c:\dir.txt tap the enter key. choose File-->select save to: My documents-->rename it "the date you did it" and read about files on your C drive. I'm finding some variations on that theme also, and some inconsistancies, too.
try dir /s
or dir /s /b > c:\dir.txt
or dir /b > c:
and try it in safe mode under your admin priviledges, too
BTW, if you are experiencing difficulties even with administrator priveledges doing anything needed while operating the PC, there is probably a reason for it...perhaps you need to note exactly when/if the problems/error messages occur. Post the results as an explanation or a screenshot.
You can always kill some time opening every file on your C:\ after first unhiding the drive, then Tools-->Folder options-->View-->
- check:Display the contents of system folders
- check: Show hidden files & folders
- uncheck: Hide operating system files and OK your choice when doin' it. (sheez)
- check:Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color
- uncheck: Use simple file sharing (recommended)
I did that and made a screenshot (cropped) of each and every one of them in sequence immediately after loading a fresh OS...then again after immediately loading SP2. Now I can see the effect of all
- driver files
- program files
- update files
- malware files
- record logs
- uninstall files
- files left after uninstalling, as the case may be.
- all exactly how I would see them by following the above advice & simply viewing any file in any folder. Then there are those system volume files you speak of.........