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Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Sat, 14th Jun '08 5:20 PM


Hey all you wonderfully computer-literate folks.......what's the procedure for a "System Restore"?

I have a Pentium 4 with windows XP.

I did a reboot last night after some System Mechanic maintenance, and found a STACK of Outlook Express recent mail missing!

Help, please!!


Vdrake  (Level: 195.1 - Posts: 20)
Sun, 15th Jun '08 11:20 AM

Hi Bev,

I'll start by explaining that a System Restore is not a cure all, and it often does not work. But for people who have been blessed to have it work it can be a lifesaver.

A system restore will get you back to the last known "good" version of your operating system that existed prior to any system changes that have occurred. Sometimes what you think is a system change, actually is not a system change, so when you try to do a restore, it will only give you options to go back farther than you want to, or sometimes the information you need is not available in any previous versions.

Okay, enough of the preliminaries - to use the System Restore feature in Windows XP, you will need to go to the Start Menu and choose Help and Support. On the right, you'll have two menus - at the top you should see "Ask for Assistance" with several options listed below, the next option is "Pick a Task" also with several options listed. In the "Pick a Task" category, look for "Undo changes to your computer with System Restore " and then click on that link. This will start the Windows XP System Restore console which is a step by step process to take your system back to a previous version of your operating system.

If you have any questions or problems with this, feel free to PM me and I'll be glad to offer more assistance.


Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 6:42 PM

I have had some wonderfully-informative suggestions from all sorts of folks thus far........but work is challenging me for my time to implement those suggestions at present.

and grateful thanks to all of you!!!

I will get to figuring it all out in another day or so.

*Hug Emoticon*


Nelly  (Level: 181.0 - Posts: 1167)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 6:57 PM

I'm sure this was quite a long thread last time I looked (or was it all a dream?) Can someone please tell me I'm not going mad!

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.7 - Posts: 4459)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 7:07 PM

You're not going mad! There's another thread about this in Salty Dog.

-- Geri

Nelly  (Level: 181.0 - Posts: 1167)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 7:40 PM

Thanks Geri! Thank goodness for that! I did have a look for a second thread prior to posting, but obviously didn't go back far enough. I wondered why the editors could possilby want to delete all those posts!

Mitchy  (Level: 136.0 - Posts: 964)
Thu, 19th Jun '08 5:22 PM

Virginia, I disagree about what you said about System restore not working. If your computer is running normal there should be no reason for it not to work. Things that keep it from working would be: A virus or services not running such as, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Task Scheduler have to be running. System Restore does not monitor changes to or recover personal data files such as Word documents, graphics, e-mail, etc.• DRM settings Passwords in the SAM hive, WPA settings (Windows authentication information is not restored), Specific directories/files listed in the Monitored File Extensions list in the System Restore section of the Platform SDK e.g. 'My Documents' folder, Any file types not monitored by System Restore (.doc, .jpg, etc.) Items listed in both Files nottobackup and KeysnottoRestore (hklm->system->controlset001->control->backuprestore->filesnottobackup and keysnottorestore) in the registry, User-created data stored in the user profile and Contents of redirected folders. What it does restore is Registry, Profiles (local only; roaming user profiles are not affected by restore), COM+ DB, WFP.dll cache, WMI DB, IIS Metabase, File types monitored by System Restore as specified in the SDK document Monitored File Extensions.

Like I said earlier A virus can turn off Sys.Restore as well make it not work.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.6 - Posts: 3848)
Thu, 19th Jun '08 6:47 PM

I agree with you, Mitchy..but 1 question. Can you status as a user (guest/normal/administrator) alter you ability to access and use the restore function?

Donleigh  (Level: 156.6 - Posts: 5478)
Thu, 19th Jun '08 6:58 PM

Your status does affect your ability to change things, but on your own PC you are the adminstrator and so can change anything.
If a file won't let you change things, check the properties of the file to make sure it isn't blocked. Change the status to "allow" you to make changes.

Mitchy  (Level: 136.0 - Posts: 964)
Thu, 19th Jun '08 7:35 PM

That depends on your System Administration settings.
The Administrator can allow or deny user access to all areas of the computer.

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