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    Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    If anyone uses System Restore and has it's file: restorept.api. Please send it to me or post here as a downloadable file. If you decide to send it I will supply you with my email address.
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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    Duchess

    I think you are onto a loser here, because what you call restorept.api is not a file, but an Application Programming Interface for enhancing the System Restore function!

    For example, from Windows XP System Restore Is Easy to Use:
    "Only application installations that use a System Restore restorept.api-compliant installer will trigger the creation of a restore point. So it's a good idea to create a restore point manually before you install an application that you suspect won't have one a restorept.api-compliant installer. For example, before installing a screensaver you've downloaded from the Internet or a beta program from a software vendor, you should manually create a restore point. For more information, see the TechNet article, Windows XP System Restore."

    And a Q&A on a bulletin board:
    Q: The restore points you say are created whenever a program is added or changed, it does it automatically?
    A: That
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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    In May, I think it was, I lost functionality of System Restore. I used it each and every day, but when I tried to create a restore point, I received the message "System Restore is not able to create a restore point. Please restart computer and run SR again." This did not help and I posted the problem here and it was an extensive one. I tried everything that was suggested, reinstalling Windows XP SP2 was done from the CD, but that didn't correct the problem either. I thought I had found the reason why it wasn't working when a friend suggested I find the file (I thought it was a file) and see if that helped, resulting in my post.

    I guess I will have to do without System Restore.
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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    Duchess, have you tried to do a Repair Installation of Windows ???
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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    That's a bad case of misinfo and I'm partial to indigestion. <img src=/S/doctor.gif border=0 alt=doctor width=25 height=33> I tried to reply yesterday but for some unknown reason, the link in IE wouldn't load.
    The reason I posted is because a month or so ago I posted a SR problem, and it was quite extensive. I tried everything that was suggested, up to including a reinstall of Windows XP SP2 from the CD. The reinstall took but no cigar, SR is still broken. I'm determined to have it fixed even if I have to pay Microsoft for help, and they now charge $60 for trying to interpret some person on the help desk.

    Thanks for the explaination, now I know what it really is, no wonder I couldn't find it on Google.
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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    I don't think it's gonna help having two threads going about this problem with system restore, Duchess. In your thread initially ( <post:=646,799>post 646,799</post:> ) you said you have changed the system restore service from automatic to manual, which is essentially shutting it down. Several Loungers asked you (including me!) why you did that and I don't really think you've ever said that you re-set it back to automatic. No amount of fiddling is gonna help on a service that isn't running. Have you turned it back on? It would be nice if we could keep this discussion to one thread or the other.

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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    No, I haven't Doc, but I will. I don't remember if there is a repair option on the Windows XP SP2 CD. Is there?
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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    I hate to say this, Gloria, but YOUR journey to XP SP2 has been such a long one, that I don't remember what you have SP2 loaded on. Did you do a "slipstream" to put SP2 and your original XP CD on a new, merged CD? If you did, you should be able to get to the repair option there. If you did not, and you run repair on the original CD, I don't know if it would work or not. I think not, for the SP2 files on your system will be newer than the original CD.

    Now, for whatever this is worth, I don't think you should be trying to repair YET, until you re-set the SR service back to automatic and SEE if it will work again. I think it would be wise not to "monkey" with too many things at once until you solve one problem at a time. Just my two-cents...

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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    I could almost bet my life that somewhere in that very long thread, I mentioned that I turned SR off in Services, rebooted, then turned it back on to see if that could fix it, of course, it didn't.

    I didn't add this one to the previous thread (same subject) because it was so long and someone would have been closing the tread because of the length of the conversations. Therefore, I will be using this one if it's all right with you and the administration.
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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    Mea Culpa, Gloria. You DID say exactly that in <post:=646,968>post 646,968</post:>. Well, OK, let's stick to this one thread then and see what happens. I've really gotta get my head screwed on straight and see where you are and that's gonna take some catch-up reading for me. So, you may have to hang in there for a little. I have no idea what to suggest you do until I re-read everything to see where the heck your machine stands. I just didn't want to see you running off wily-nily making changes that might complicate matters.

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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    Never hate to tell the truth Al, I can take all criticism - good or bad. That's the way I learn not to make the same mistakes more than once.

    No slipstreaming for me (don't know how and don't want to learn). I installed XP2 from the Windows CD. I will put it in the drive tomorrow and see if I see Repair. I read an article somewhere that said to click R and the repair would begin. What I've been reading on the web are not always the things that I should try or do.

    The SR Service is running and automatic, so no problem there. Is it alright to do a repair now?
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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    Al, you tickle me, you can be so funny, but love-ably funny. If you are going to read that volume of posts from the originals, you have a lot of reading to do. I printed each and every post and reply,you should see that stack of papers. I will sit tight and await your further instructions.

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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    Good morning all! I say that early morning greeting just to make sure I remember to tell other Loungers like Viking and Argus to chime back in here if they choose. I wasn't trying to take over this thread. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Gloria, I've re-read the other thread from start to finish and I'm still not sure where your computer stands, given a couple of other things from the other thread that I'll mention in a minute. Here's where I would start if this were MY machine. When you take the patient to the doctor, the first thing the nurse does is take a check on her "vital signs." I think you should first:

    1) Open a <big>CMD</big> window and run <big>CHKDSK C: /F</big> to see if your hard drive is in good shape. Of course, you should get a message that it has to be done at reboot, so answer <big>Y</big> and reboot the computer. Keep an eye on the progress of the reboot and, even though the completion screen will disappear pretty quickly, try to see if it looks like there are any errors as it flies by. If so, we can open Event Viewer (see attachment) to see the details.

    2) Assuming no problems with chkdsk, I'd like to know how much free space is on your drive. So look at the right-click properties of the C: drive and tell us the total drive size and how much is free. We never know if SR just doesn't have any more "room to work" and isn't telling you that in plain English. Windows has a way of passing out confusing error messages.

    OK, let's rock-n-roll and if you still want to try a repair after 1 and 2 above, I don't think it would hurt to give it a shot. But, here's the gist of my concerns from the other thread. As Argus rightly pointed out, people who "tweak system services" make it very difficult to diagnose problems afterward. Are there other services that you maybe turned off or modified that might be getting in the way of running a system restore? We may need to know that answer before you're back on the right road, and I don't think a Repair would change that. Also, did you mess with your registry, trying to insert Viking's settings into your registry? (BTW, you asked a question in that thread that didn't get answered: 3C and 60 are one and the same - hex and decimal!)

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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    Big Al, you've given me a lot to do and questions to answer. As soon as I get all information together, I will return and tell you what I've found.
    Don't go away, I'll be back as soon as possible .
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    Re: Missing file (Win XP SP2)

    The initial question in this thread (about SR API, a.k.a. restorept.api) has been asked by OP before, <!post=here,649826>here<!/post>, and answered somehow before by me, in another thread <!post=here,650590>here<!/post> and <!post=here,651103>here<!/post>.

    For future reference (and scientists interested), SR threads (post SP2) are:
    #1 <!post=System Restore Error (XP Home SP2),646799>System Restore Error (XP Home SP2)<!/post>
    Start: 25-Apr-07
    End: 27-Apr-07, new post 01-Jul-07

    #2 <!post=System Restore (Win XP SP2),649826>System Restore (Win XP SP2)<!/post>
    Start: 13-May-07
    End: 01-Jun-07 (locked)

    #3 <!post=System Restore - Can't create a restore point. (Win XP SP2),653463>System Restore - Can't create a restore point. (Win XP SP2)<!/post>
    Start: 01-Jun-07
    End: 06-Jun-07

    #4 <!post=Missing file (Win XP SP2),658286>Missing file (Win XP SP2)<!/post>
    Start: 30-Jun-07

    Thread 3 starts with a question more or less answered in thread 1; thread 4 starts with a question more or less answered in thread 2.

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