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by dcrap / January 24, 2008 1:54 AM PST

I've been trying to learn how to back-up my PC. I have windows XP and am using a usb external hard drive to hold my document and setting files. I now go to start/all programes/accessories/system tools/ at which point it says internet explorer (no add-ons)what has happened to the rest of my all programes? I thought that I could use system restore to take the pc back to a time when I would have this programes. Thanks

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So Did You Use System Restore?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 24, 2008 2:49 AM PST
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"I thought that I could use system restore to take the pc back to a time when I would have this programes" doesn't make it clear..

Have you tried restarting the computer into Safe Mode, log in as the "administrator" login, then find the "start/all programes/accessories/system tools/system restore" link.

How To Start In 'Safe Mode'

Hope this helps.


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by dcrap / January 24, 2008 3:54 AM PST

Yes I have..I was able only to store as of last Sunday Jan 20 were as I have to go back 2 weeks minimum week and a half..After the restore a window came up that read The system had recovered from a great error and did I want to send it to Microsoft..I didn't whata think

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And Did You Try The Administrator Login Route??
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 24, 2008 4:58 AM PST
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...It's not necessary to send error reports to Microsoft although it's an option you can choose.. It seldom solves your issue.

So..did you try using System Restore per the instructions I gave? And if so, do they allow you to restore back to something earlier than 2 weeks? Sometimes, when a particular user profile is corrupted, it's possible to use a different one to restore from.

Hope this helps.


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system restore
by dcrap / January 24, 2008 5:17 AM PST

If your instructions said to go into safe mode and restore to an earlier time..then yes..but it only has 3 dates for me to choose from..I can't even go back to December?

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Can 't say where the tools went, but ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 24, 2008 6:18 AM PST
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if you do a file search for ntbackup.exe and find it (it should be in your %WinDir%\System32 directory) you can double click it to run it.

If you can't find it you can reinstall the tools from Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. You need your installation CD to reinstall them.

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