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    Windows XP - Restore (Windows XP)

    Hi

    My Restore functionality has stopped working. That is, it comes up with unable to complete/perform restore when I tried to restore a certain point in the past. I have managed to install some 'freebie' applications (serves me right I guess for using freebies) which seems to have screwed by my machine (goes slow, starts and stops very slowly). Therefore, am trying to restore to the position before installing applications.

    I am thinking of reformatting hard disk and re-installing everything. Although, this would not be my prefered method.

    Thanks in advance.

    Robie
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    Re: Windows XP - Restore (Windows XP)

    Hi Robie,

    Unfortunately, you do not understand the purpose of System Restore. It is not a substitution for backup or imaging of your system. It monitors only Registry and some critical system file changes, but has limited time and volume capacity. For instance, in your case, you suppose to uninstall freebies using its own uninstall routine and then restore Windows to previous state shortly after they was installed (no more than couple of days if no more programs added after freebee installation).

    To restore your system fully "as it was before" you have to use imaging program (as Symantec Ghost); backup programs also do the job with some restrictions (native Windows Backup is the worst of them). In the scale Better > Worse it looks like this:

    Imaging > Backup > System Restore > Nothing.

    For more information about System Restore, see http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechn...n/faqsrwxp.mspx

    Unfortunately, you must uninstall your freebies manually, by using its Uninstall routine first (look for it on Installed Programs list in Add and Remove Programs applet in Control Panel), then manually deleting remaining files and folders and in the end searching the Registry and deleting all traces of "freebies".

    Anothe option is reformating the hard disk and reinstalling everything.

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    Re: Windows XP - Restore (Windows XP)

    Thanks. I guess I need to understand it bit more. Will look into your suggestions & then if worse comes to worse " it's reformat & reinstall ".

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    Re: Windows XP - Restore (Windows XP)

    One thing you should be aware of with the "freebies", is that they often carry extra "baggage" that doesn't uninstall when you remove the program itself (correctly or incorrectly). Read spyware or malware here. You said that your system has become unstable and slow since installing these "freebies". Perhaps you have gotten more than you bargained for with these little gems. Can you tell us what, if any spyware/malware protection you are running on your system and when it was last updated ??
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    Re: Windows XP - Restore (Windows XP)

    I use the following & I keep them updated. They should all be the latest versions. They are all FREEWARE versions.

    AVG
    CCleaner
    Spybot
    ZoneAlarm
    Adaware Personal SE
    Site Advisor (recently bought by Mcaffee) - it highlights site with green, amber or red lights. - Good product.

    I went through the normal unstallation for utilities intalled etc. They all seem to go away but somehow they have affected the system. None of the above report any errors. I normally run AVG everyday and all other about once a week. None of them are reporting 'any problems'. Also, I normally visit 'safe' sites while on the net.

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    Re: Windows XP - Restore (Windows XP)

    The software on your list is, as you already know, perfectly fine. I was talking about the little games and applets that people download to make some function easier or add a function to make a task simpler and get a little "gift" from the installation package. If all of those programs are up to date and aren't detecting anything, perhaps a Diskcleanup (Start>All Programs>Accessories>Disk Cleanup) and defrag is in order.

    One program that is not on your list and IMHO should be is SpywareBlaster. It's also <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>.
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    Re: Windows XP - Restore (Windows XP)

    Thanks for all your suggestions.

    I will perform disk clean up and defragmentation. If all fails then at some point I will reformat and re-install the whole thing. [img]/forums/images/smilies/sad.gif[/img]

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    Re: Windows XP - Restore (Windows XP)

    I left out a step in the Diskcleanup path, it should read..... Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Cleanup
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    Re: Windows XP - Restore (Windows XP)

    Since your system restore engine has been disabled, then the only way to restore this functionality is to re-install Windows. I have had the same problem when installing a trial edition of Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Most likely, your program corrupted the internal HTML engine, which System Restore, Internet Explorer, Help and Support, and many other programs use. Although you can keep running this version of Windows, it is best to re-install it. Before re-installing, however, I recommend that you export your Internet Explorer favourites and other program settings into your "My Documents" folder, along with all your personal documents and files. Then, you can back-up your "My Documents" folder to a compact disc or to a writeable DVD. (You can use a program such as Ahead Software AG/Nero BackItUp to do this. If this is not an option, you can buy PowerQuest PartitionMagic 8.0, and create a second partition for your documents. Then, re-install Windows, copy your documents back to your primary partition, and merge the two partitions using PartitionMagic. Tip: I highly recommend that you buy the older PowerQuest PartitionMagic, and not the Norton/Symantec edition! The Norton/Symantec edition of PartitionMagic can damage your hard disk! Also, before re-installing, you may want to back-up your activation license by navigating to C:WINDOWSsystem32, and backing up the files WPA.DBL and WPA.BAK to your second partition or compact disc or writeable DVD.

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    Re: Windows XP - Restore (Windows XP)

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

    Rocketter I am going to re-install windows and see how I go. I guess I will need some time to do this. Perhaps few days or a long weekend to reinstall the stuff. I have heard of painful stories from other people who have tried to reformat and re-install their MS software.

    Thanks once again.

    Robie
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