problem. I am using CCleaner (as I do on my XPPro & XP Home with similar mild settings) and running cleaner seems to cause this problem to appear.
In my case, it says: "System Restore can't run until you re-start computer". Tried every possible boot method: No change. Tried using run CMD to open rstrui.exe (replied couldn't be found).
I HAVE had some LUCK in reminding system where restore is by: Start>Search>find files or folders> and entering
system restore into the 2ND BOX down (containing the words)enter "system restore"(without quote mks) then click search. Will take a couple of minutes to create long list. I find I have several duplicates of files in question I seek: 1) helpcenter.exe & rstrui.exe.
I have 1 copy of each in system & 1 of each in options/cabinet.dll & 1 in PCHealth (application)(?).
I often get it going by double left clicking on Help Center .exe (as that page has system restore link on it). Sometimes get: "Required Dll file: HCappres.dll not found.Occasionally it works just clicking on the rstrui.exe file (actual system restore file) but I sometimes get RESTART message (no go). Tonight I tried dbl. left clicking help center.exe in options/cabinet(apparently a back-up copy of all Dlls).
which must have re-installed the missing files or at least reminded system of where they could be found. Seemed to work as help center came up & the restore link worked. I returned to restore point 2 days previous when restore was working and seems ok.
I think the "RegChecker"(5 or6 previous ok shutdown configs) absorbs the registry (config?)with the files missing during repeated boot attempts as restore wanted, and then at next boot may give same problem again although was ok when shut down last time. I seemed to have some luck by repeatedly creating new regchecker back-ups (6 of ) while system restore present. I wonder if regchecker is storing those back-ups somewhere weird where CCleaner is cleaning during run(temp internet files, temp files,clipboard or..?). I was going to post my problem when I saw yours! Hope this helps some.
For some reason I have lost the ability to use system restore in Win ME. I also cannot create a restor. Any ideas?