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system restore not working in XP

by jerome143 / February 27, 2005 10:29 AM PST

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system restore not working how do I fix?

I have read most of the posts about this issue and nothing helps I'm not the most 'puter savey person but have tried most things I'm comfortable with. I have also checked and made sure system restore was turned on and it is, I have run a virus scan ( Norton Pro )and made sure it (sr) was not excluded, spy Bot clean, Adaware comes back clean also... I read the Microsoft trouble shoot page and it didn't help.. Now what? I have 2 computers and they both do the same thing. Afew weeks ago I was able to delete the restore points and created a new one and it worked right after that but now nothing I do can make it work.. some one suggested an update for system restore but I never found it. I went to hp and ran their updates and that did not help either.. I'm stumped.. it shows dates, and when I choose one it goes through the motions and reboots only to tell me "system restore incomplete ,your computer was not changed. Choose another date and try again" and when I choose another it does the same thing.. thanks for your help..

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Just a though
by Steven Haninger / February 27, 2005 10:44 AM PST

You said you deleted the restore points and created a new one. If restore is on, at least one restore point must remain. You do not do this manually but with disk cleanup. You might try this. Turn off system restore and reboot. Check and remove all files from your "System Volume Information" folders on all installed hard drives. You might go so far as to take ownership of these folders and remove them as well. Reboot again and then turn System Restore back on. See if you can create a restore point manually and then give some time to see if XP begins to create it's own. You normally do not need to have System Restore monitoring attached drives that are just used for storage as the utility isn't going to replace your personal data.

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Jerome, Maybe...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 28, 2005 3:12 AM PST

...you can "repair" System Restore using the instructions below:

1. Click Start->Run->Type "C:\windows\inf" (without the quotes)
2. Look for a file named: "SR.INF" and RIGHT click on it
3. Choose "Install".
4. In the Files Needed dialog box, click Browse. Locate the Sr.sys file in the i386 folder of the Windows XP CD, (or a good option for those without a Windows XP CD would be to browse the computer itself in the ?C\i386? folder) click the ?Sr.sys? file, and then click OK.
Follow the prompts, Reboot and System Restore should be ready to use.

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SYSTEM RESTORE
by Robert999 / March 2, 2005 2:33 AM PST
In reply to: Jerome, Maybe...

I hate MCafee and tried to delete all of it out of MY
computer. A little window came up and said to delete it some other programs may be effected. I deleted it
anyway. they were right it effected some of my programs.

SYSTEM RESTORE WAS RUINED.

I reloaded the OE, you have to be careful or you can
lose everything on your computer. I did fix SYSTEM
RESTORE. DELL MEDIA EXPECTATION WAS NOT FIX. So, I
am having to have a DELL tech person come out and fix
My computer and reinstall MCAFEE.

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Restore doesnt work for me either
by Naci / March 3, 2005 4:39 AM PST

I am having problems also i cant do anything i cant even get online. it wouldnt even load says i am missing a file called NTLDR

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Being your first post... Be sure to follow the forum tip.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 3, 2005 4:46 AM PST

It reads "Tip: If you are asking for help to troubleshoot a computer-related problem, please be sure to include all the necessary information (ie: operating system, model number, hardware, software, etc) that will help others identify your problem for a speedy resolution."

Next, consider that you added to an existing discussion with a problem that is not like yours. You could have done better with your own post with the information from the prior post plus a story about how your machine got to this condition.

Some use some partition manager, some try to install Linux.

Tell more, get more.

Bob

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