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pakkap2
Posted: January 22nd, 2006, 11:01pm Report to Moderator
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My "System Restore" isn't working. I'm running Windows XP Home Edition w/SP 2..Anybody got any suggestions?
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Posted: January 23rd, 2006, 2:31am Report to Moderator
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Have you been into System Properties/System Restore and cleared the box that says " Turn off System Restore "
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pakkap2
Posted: January 23rd, 2006, 2:55am Report to Moderator
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No I haven't. Why would I turn it off if I wanted it to work? Please explain. pakkap2
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pakkap2
Posted: January 23rd, 2006, 3:00am Report to Moderator
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I'm sorry. I do have it cleared. What's next? pakkap2
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Posted: January 23rd, 2006, 3:02am Report to Moderator
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I didn't say that you did, I asked if you had been in there to check whether it was turned off or not.

It also helps if you can give a bit more detail about things like was it working before or has it only recently stopped.
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Posted: January 23rd, 2006, 3:10am Report to Moderator
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Go to Start/Run, type in Services.msc, OK, when that opens scroll down the list to System Restore Service and make sure it it set to Automatic.

If still no joy have a look at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/plan/faqsrwxp.mspx maybe you will find some help in the trouble shooting section of that page.
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pakkap2
Posted: January 23rd, 2006, 3:15am Report to Moderator
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Thanks Jogor. My System Restore is set to  "Automatic." Thanks for your help. pakkap2
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Posted: January 23rd, 2006, 3:26am Report to Moderator
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Please post back if you find the solution on the page I suggested.

You could also try http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm line 278 left hand side.
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Posted: January 27th, 2006, 8:31am Report to Moderator
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I have one further comment on that particular issue ; maybe its'inappropriate , (who knows?) ; in fact , there might be a lot of reqsons why system restore won't work ; jogor pointed immediately one of them , of course if the service is cleared , it won't work ... But even if it is set on automatic , there are many other situations where system restore does not work , in particular some antiviruses may affect the way system restore works ; rememeber that if you scan your system for viruses and find one or several , throwing them away through RECYCLER just will let them be IMMEDIATELY stored in one RP !!!! that's a silly functionnality of Windows, and maybe there is no way to turn around this but one has to know : system restore will first restore destroyed viruses, as long as you decide to move the infected files to the Recycle bin  ; therefore some antiviruses , knowing the situation block system restore during the scan until complete eradication . .Of course there might also be situations where the PC is deeply infected and in that case also , no restore points will be created and simply it won't work ! Usually if you are not in the first case nor the one described by Jogor , it's a sign that you have got a major problem in your OS . at least you shoud try to see what happens with the registry ;a coorupted registry may be cause of Syatem restore unavailable. OLIVIER GEBUHRER    
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pologuy
Posted: January 27th, 2006, 12:50pm Report to Moderator
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Tchapaiev is perfectly correct - System Restore (SR) is often disabled by anti-virus software. This is a GOOD thing as otherwise SR will only do its job and restore the virus back onto your system! In any event, before running an anti-virus clean on your system, you must first DISABLE SR (through System in the Control Panel), clean the system and - once you are sure that the system is clean - ENABLE SR again. In addition, some third party system restorers - e.g. Norton's 'GoBack' - will override SR so you must decide which is the best restore tool to use. If you are not a 'power user', I suggest that you stick with XP SR - basic but easier to use! Finally, I also agree with Tchapaiev that it seems likely that you have a corrupt registry. There are a number of very good registry cleaners around - both Freeware and Shareware. Run your system through one of these and you will be pleasantly surprised how much faster and more stable your system is!
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Posted: January 27th, 2006, 4:51pm Report to Moderator
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Ray's product REGVAC is as good as you will get in a Registry Cleaner. I've used it for years.
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Posted: January 29th, 2006, 9:50pm Report to Moderator
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here is some excellent troubleshooting procedures for system restore.
http://forum.worldstart.com/showthread.php?t=78891&referrerid=18020
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Posted: January 30th, 2006, 1:37am Report to Moderator
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That page looks very much like it has been copied from http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp.htm the site that I suggested a week ago. Excellent site actually
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