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Can you set a Restore Point in Windows XP Safe Mode?


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#1 alisp

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 12:19 PM

I know you can do a System Restore from Safe Mode in XP, but can you set a Restore Point that way as well?  System Restore out of Safe Mode seems to have stopped working on my XP SP3 laptop.



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Posted 04 March 2018 - 12:25 PM

It seems to me it would be quicker to try it yourself than to wait for a response on a forum :inlove:



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Posted 04 March 2018 - 12:44 PM

Point is, I can't see an obvious way - otherwise I'd have tried it.  I did wonder if there was something less obvious, though.



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Posted 04 March 2018 - 01:30 PM

Okay :). I don't believe it's possible to create a restore point from safe mode. Candidly I'm not 100% certain, but as I said my recollection is that it can't be done. I'm guessing you've tried: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-vista-system-restore-guide/#manual

 

And sorry for the snarky first post - it was intended to be "cute" but I'm not sure it came across that way.


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Posted 04 March 2018 - 02:15 PM

No, I suspect not.  Thanks for linking to the tutorials, though - I wasn't really aware of their existence.  Unfortunately, my laptop is a Vista which I "downgraded" to XP (well, you would, wouldn't you? :) ), so I don't have the same number of features if I go in via Control Panel: I can only switch SR on and off, and change the amount of space available - I can't set new points.

 

The reason I was asking was because if I try doing a normal System Restore, i.e. via Programs > Accessories etc. I simply get a black DOS window headed "System Restore" with a cursor blinking at top left.



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Posted 04 March 2018 - 02:53 PM

1) No, I wouldn't. I had no problem with Vista. It's just an operating system and it was fine on my systems when I ran it.

2) I don't use System Restore. I prefer disc images. While system restore is great when it works, I've seen too many situations where it failed just when needed most. Disc imaging is virtually flawless and IMO the best method of backup and restoration.



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 06:47 AM

exactly the point I am not sure safe mode supports creating restore points have you tried creating one in Normal Mode boot???



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 01:02 PM

If I may offer a suggestion, I used Erunt for many years on my XP machines, and this site also offers it for download. I never used Ntregopt bundled by the same author.

When System Restore failed a couple times in the past, Erunt saved some bacon here.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/erunt/
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 01:22 PM

Ah, thank you.  I have Erunt on my laptop, but had forgotten why!



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 03:09 PM

Did you try doing System Restore in Safe Mode using the command prompt?

 

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/304449/how-to-start-the-system-restore-tool-by-using-the-safe-mode-option-wit



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Posted 14 March 2018 - 01:59 PM

I did - which was what got me wondering whether I could set the points there too - but SR had been screwed up for so long that I hadn't got any points to restore from! 



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Posted 14 March 2018 - 02:13 PM

I've used ERUNT on XP too. Is it possible to create Restore Points in Safe Mode? As Allen posted, I think not.



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Posted 14 March 2018 - 02:29 PM


If you don't have any Sys. Res. points to restore from as you mentioned, check if  you might have some Erunt backups.

c:\windows\ERDNT (default program choice).

Sorting the folder contents by date makes it easier to choose if there are backup entries.

This way, you have some peace of mind anyway.
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