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    Windows XP System Restore (Pro)

    For some unknown reason, my system restore no longer maintains system restore points established earlier than today. I have set several, in addition to those established when downloading Windows Update downloads.
    I tried deactivating system restore on all drives and then restablishing it on my C drive, and it seemed to work for a few days. Today, however, I see the restore points have again disappeared. Ideas?

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    Re: Windows XP System Restore (Pro)

    How much space do you have set to save the restore points?

    This is controlled in the "Settings" button with in the restore tab of the System properties.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows XP System Restore (Pro)

    Max--

    Dave's check is the first place to go. I doubt if there are any problems with this, but if you have pro,you can check by putting "services.msc" which I belive requires and is part of the Microsoft Management Console. If you have Home you can try it. Maybe someone will answer that question and make sure it's activated.

    Also a very easy thing to do where you will see a number of "System Restore Won't Work" threads with hints to help, is to click on Subject in Windows XP at the top of the threads and go back to 39 and you'll get to the System Restore Threads
    not limited to but including:

    Post 274752 Windows XP July 16, 2003

    Post 275398 Windows XP July 16, 2003

    System Restore Windows XP Thread February 3, 2002

    System Restore and Help Not Starting Windows XP August 19, 2002

    Also always a good resource:

    Microsoft Windows XP System Restore

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    Re: Windows XP System Restore (Pro)

    Hi SMBP, I have been wading my way through the links you have posted here, may I ask if there is a simple way to have a look at the current system restore points on my computer, this is a new machine (3 weeks old), being new to XP Pro I am still very much finding my way. Thank you :-)

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    Re: Windows XP System Restore (Pro)

    - Select Start | Help and Support.
    - You will see a link to System Restore (A in the screenhot); click this.
    - If necessary, select "Restore my computer ..." (B in screenshot), then click Next.
    - Date with a System Restore point are bold in the calendar (C in sthe screen shot.)
    - You can use the arrows to the left and right of the Month name to display other months.
    - If you want to restore your system to the situation of a bolded date, select that date and click Next.

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    Re: Windows XP System Restore (Pro)

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Brialliant Hans, exactly what I have been looking for, many thanks.

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    Re: Windows XP System Restore (Pro)

    You can also create a shortcut to SR by typing "%SystemRoot%System32restorerstrui.exe" w/o the quotes. For example if you want it on your desktop, right click the desktop, scroll to new>shortcut, fill in the above follow the prompts and you can go to SR anytime from the desktop. <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22>

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    Re: Windows XP System Restore (Pro)

    Thank you too Viking, excellent instructions. SR looks like a great feature, of course I hope I dont have a reason to need it, but its nice to know there is an inbuilt backup. Appreciate your shortcut tip. <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Windows XP System Restore (Pro)

    Sorry I didn't get back sooner but I saw Hans seemed to nail your question. I didn't know if you meant examine them in the System Volume Folder or throught the command line or just look at them from the calendar like gui that Hans has illustrated well. A common mistake is to assume that just because dates are ghosted when you bring it up they are not viable. Usually it only takes a click back to that month. Also, remember that if you do get into trouble booting, you can often depending upon the problem--(if there is problem loading the kernel you can't for example) use SR booting with an F8 key to Safe Mode and get back up and running in Windows that way.

    There is a tool called SRDIAG.EXE that can be found in the %systemroot%system32Restore folder that can be used from a command prompt with different switches to examine restore points.

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    Re: Windows XP System Restore (Pro)

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Hi SMBP, at this stage I would not understand the SR contents if I could see them, <img src=/S/newbrain.gif border=0 alt=newbrain width=21 height=22> I was interested in working out how often this new machine was running a SR as there does not seem to be manual over ride to set it to do a SR on certain dates. I understand how I to create a system restore point but wondered what the default system settings are. Its not that I want to change them particularly, just trying to learn more about XP Pro. Thank you for your input, as always appreciated.

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    Re: Windows XP System Restore (Pro)

    To help learning about XP Pro and sometimes troubleshooting, make friends with this site and the A to Z and just hit the A to Z when you feel like it, pick out a letter and read down.

    Kelly's Troubleshooting Windows XP 15 Sections

    Windows XP from A to Z

    Also drill all over Microsoft's XP sites--they have plenty including do a search for their How To's.

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