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RESTORE/ARCHIVE disk space

by fraphil / April 25, 2004 8:28 AM PDT

On my C drive there is a folder labeled Restore. Within the Restore folder is another folder labeled Archive. This Arhive folder has 616 objects, all with .CAB as the file extension, and takes up 4.21 gigabytes of memory. I want to free up some disk space. Is there some way I can reduce the size of the Archive folder? (I went to System Properties on Control Panel and reduced the size of the system resotre disk space to about 680MB (from 1.166GB), but it had no effect on the size of the Archive file.) Many thanks for any help you can offer.

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Re:RESTORE/ARCHIVE disk space
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 25, 2004 9:47 AM PDT

You can turn off SYSTEM RESTORE and then turn it back on to clear it out.

BUT if you have Norton System Works, a bug in a piece of that causes some 64,000 .INF files to be created in C:\Windows\Inf and about 32,000 files in C:\_Restore\tmp (or temp?) which you have to deal with manually. I use a DOS boot diskette...

Bob

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Much more about SR.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 25, 2004 9:51 AM PDT

Let me paste a rather long section about SR and ME...

I know the frustration about System Restore. You'll read thread after thread about this FRAGILE feature of Windows ME. The following is a collection of notes about fixing System Restore and what might interfere with System Restore (SR.)

To people trying to surf safely, firewall software such as Zone Alarm has stopped restore points from being created. If you've added such recently, disable such and see if the restore points are working again. Report this to the vendors/makers/authors so they will fix it.

Let's cover a few items?

1. The September 8, 2001 patch.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q290700">
MS KB Q 290700 - "Checkpoints That You Create After September 8,2001 Do Not Restore Your Computer"


2. A rather LENGTHY article with many links and more articles on fixing System Restore.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q306768"> Troubleshooting System Restore in Windows Millennium Edition

The information in this article applies to: Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
This article was previously published under Q306768

3. How to use the SCANREG /RESTORE in Windows ME

http://www.windowsreinstall.com/install/trouble/INDEX.HTM"> Look down the page here

4. PARASITES. These can no longer be tolerated. Let me state that your antivirus does not detect/remove all PARASITES! I consider SPYWARE, ADWARE, VIRUS and TROJANS to be lumped into a category I call parasites. Symantec has yet to WAKE UP! to the spyware/adware parasite issue.

a. Adaware 6 from http://www.lavasoftusa.com">http://www.lavasoftusa.com or

b. Spybot from http://security.kolla.de/">http://security.kolla.de/
c. An online scan from http://housecall.trendmicro.com/">http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

5. The new menace. KAZAA borne virus. A big uptick over the last month of machines showed up with KAZAA and some trojan/virus that I think was brought in with KAZAA. The upshot of all this work was to remove the PARASITES, along with KAZAA and hope the machine would stabilize (most did.) A few were quite damaged so the OS was reinstalled.


Bob

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