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System Restore Not Working

by TN Person / July 9, 2009 4:38 AM PDT

I am using a Sony Vaio VGN-FS315Z, running Windows XP, Zone Alarm firewall and AVG Anti-Virus software. I have had the laptop since it was new, about 3 years ago and have experienced very few problems. System Restore has always worked for me, both on my PC and laptop, until now. Several restore points are visible but when I try to restore to one of them, all looks normal until my laptop restarts and I get a message saying "Your computer cannot be restored to ...... No changes have been made". I have tried several different restore points, with no success.

C:\ 41.9GB, free 18.2GB and D:\ 62.8GB, free 18.6GB

I have just defragged both disks and run AVG scanner.

Any thoughts?

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When I see this I
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 4:41 AM PDT

1. Try to fix the issue that has us wanting to use SR.
2. Disable SR and then re-enable so SR can get a fresh clean start.

Sorry but it's not a reliable system to use. I read the post twice and besides SR, what needs fixin?

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Restore Points
by TN Person / July 9, 2009 5:01 AM PDT
In reply to: When I see this I

Thanks, Bob,

If I disable then re-enable SR as you suggest, do I lose any system restore points?


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"so SR can get a fresh clean start."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 5:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Restore Points

"so SR can get a fresh clean start,"

Sorry if I was unclear.

Clean = spotless, new, nothing there, shiny, empty, void, white, bleached, Windex'd.

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Other things.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 5:05 AM PDT

I'm running into toxic combos that clash now but didn't in the past. Uninstall Spybot, Teatimer and adaware for now.

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Zone Alarm thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 5:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Other things.
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Zone Alarm
by TN Person / July 9, 2009 8:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Other things.

Thank you! Zone Alarm has been causing the problem. I have used it for years and never experienced any issues so would not have thought of it as a likely culprit.


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Stand in for ZA
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 3:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Zone Alarm
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Simply do RS in SAFE MODE
by azfrank3 / July 10, 2009 3:12 PM PDT

I ran into this problem with my PC, then I heard on CNET, I think, just bring your computer up in SAFE MODE, do the restore and it will work. I done this three times now, it worked every time.


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restoring pictures
by s1u2s3a4n / July 11, 2009 7:22 AM PDT

For some reason while viewing my pictures in Microsoft Digital Image software - some were identified as just being on a disk (which was never the case) and those could not be edited in any way. When I tried restore - I lost all the pictures that had that notation. I went back to different times and nothing brought them back.

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