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system restore back to 2001

by mutton777 / June 30, 2008 12:03 AM PDT

Hi, I am running win xp, and have encountered a wierd fault with system restore. previously when I have used restore Ihave had no problems. but suddenly the date changed to 2001, and when I looked at restore in order to create a restore point it will not move from 2001
I have plenty of disc space and s/restore is set high enough to advance to 2008, any help would be appreciated thanks Mike.

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Maybe the CMOS battery died
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 12:12 AM PDT

And the machine thinks it's 2001? Did you check the system clock?

I'd write more how to but I don't find the make and model of the machine here. It's not done in Windows but the BIOS setup.

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sorry more info.
by mutton777 / June 30, 2008 12:30 AM PDT

Desk top p/c. yes checked clock reads jan 1 2001, but all my files etc are the same no changes there.

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"clock reads jan 1 2001"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 12:54 AM PDT
In reply to: sorry more info.

Did you need more to fix this?

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re clock,
by mutton777 / June 30, 2008 1:20 AM PDT

Turned off s/restore, re started, created a new restore point today.
which works,, however my eset anti virus says out of date, but when i update says you have the update version.. and says last succesfull
update 1/1/2001.
changed clock to today..
checked system for bugs, none found.
went on pitstop which says i have not updated my m/soft hot fixes for
2387 days. although all m/s fixes are up to date...
it seems that some programmes are at 2001 and others normal.

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Which is a side effect of the wrong date and time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 1:29 AM PDT
In reply to: re clock,

When XP runs on the wrong date and time it hoses many dates and times on applications and the system restore. This is not a bug but the way it works. We told it was that day and it believed us.

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by mutton777 / June 30, 2008 1:41 AM PDT

I will run system restore to the restore point I made today, and see if that changes anything, I still dont understand how the clock
went back to 2001.... my wife was using the p/c last night..maby a bug was downloadad,,

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 1:48 AM PDT
In reply to: clock

Has started to get too old. They only last a few years.

Why run System Restore? What's busted?

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re restore
by mutton777 / June 30, 2008 2:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Or the CMOS BATTERY...

Thanks for your input Bob, I ran system restore when I realised that in order to acess hotmail the firewall blocked me and said I had a
out of date signature. in addition to the date.
just opened s/restore again to look ,the programm opens with 1/1/2001
and I can jump to my new restore point i made today. can I delete the 2001 point or will that cause more problems..
I am pretty sure I will have to delete/re install eset spyware and some other programmes to get back on track..

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Are you going to replace the battery?
by Coryphaeus / June 30, 2008 2:58 AM PDT
In reply to: re restore

As Bob said, this is probably not a software problem

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softrware prob
by mutton777 / June 30, 2008 3:05 AM PDT

Hi, I have not touched the battery since I have had the pc..
i did not know desktop p/cs had a battery...

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CMOS battery
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 4:50 AM PDT
In reply to: softrware prob

All PC's have a CMOS battery. It keeps the settings in the BIOS up to date, including the system date. Otherwise, whenever you closed down and turned off the computer the BIOS would lose all its settings and the next time you switched on you would have to redo all the BIOS settings and set today's date and time, each time.

How to replace the CMOS battery


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thanks Mark
by mutton777 / June 30, 2008 6:21 AM PDT
In reply to: CMOS battery

I had completely forgotten about the cmos battery, yes it would explain the sudden date change etc.
I reset bios to default, and now my eset spyware programme is working normally... as is everything else.
I will change the battery tomorrow,but will it then revert back to 2001, will backup all before doing so. or is it best to leave alone
as re-setting the bios seems to have solved the problem. once again,
many thanks to all. Mike

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Not going to replace the battery?
by Coryphaeus / June 30, 2008 10:31 AM PDT

Let us know when you are back to square one. It WILL fail again even after a BIOS reset.

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I agree
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 7:03 PM PDT

If you, (mutton777), intend to replace the CMOS battery then you should enter the BIOS and make a manual note, (pen and paper), of all the settings. Perhaps the computer manual may have the default settings?

Then replace the battery, re-enter the BIOS and check that the settings are OK, or change as necessary.


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by mutton777 / June 30, 2008 8:05 PM PDT
In reply to: I agree

Ok, I will replace battery, you are correct it will fail again, even though everything is ok. I have my asus motherboard set up book,and the settings should be in there. thanks to all for the input.

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Battery replacement
by lilly102 / December 27, 2008 3:39 AM PST

Did you replace the battery and did it resolve the problem?
I have XP and have the same problem. Whenever I turn off the PC and turn it back on it reverts to January 01,2001. Before I go thru replacing the battery, I would ;ike to see if that was really the problem.

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