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System Restore not working

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Walter E., Jul 16, 2010.

  1. Walter E.

    Walter E. Flightless Bird

    System Restore in Win XP SP2 has become completely unresponsive. It will
    not even open up the restore panel with the calendar that shows any restore
    points.

    Would a "Repair Installation" fix this or should I re-install windows?
    -
    Walter
    www.rationality.net
     
  2. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Walter E." <wr@example.com> wrote in message
    news:i1pvri$ce3$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > System Restore in Win XP SP2 has become completely unresponsive. It will
    > not even open up the restore panel with the calendar that shows any
    > restore points.
    >
    > Would a "Repair Installation" fix this or should I re-install windows?
    > -
    > Walter
    > www.rationality.net

    You really should start your own thread instead of latching onto an existing
    one. That way, replies will be to help you, and not be confused with the
    original poster.

    A good place to start for SR problems is here:

    System Restore troubleshooting http://bertk.mvps.org/html/srfail.html

    There are a lot of good solutions and links there.
    --
    SC Tom
     
  3. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Walter E. wrote:
    > System Restore in Win XP SP2 has become completely unresponsive. It
    > will not even open up the restore panel with the calendar that shows
    > any restore points.
    >
    > Would a "Repair Installation" fix this or should I re-install windows?


    SP2 is no longer supported. Without the latest security patches, you
    might have malware.

    What is the malware status of your PC?

    Why do you feel the need to run SR in the first place?
     
  4. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Why isn't WinXP SP3 installed? [1]

    What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
    What third-party firewall (if any)?

    Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on the
    computer (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought
    it)?

    =======================
    [1] Support for WinXP SP2 ended on 13 July 2010. Computers running WinXP SP2
    "will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update" until SP3 has
    been installed. Extended Support for WinXP SP3 will continue through 08
    April 2014.

    • What does it mean if my version of Windows is no longer supported?
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/help/what-does-end-of-support-mean
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002


    Walter E. wrote:
    > System Restore in Win XP SP2 has become completely unresponsive. It will
    > not even open up the restore panel with the calendar that shows any
    > restore
    > points.
    >
    > Would a "Repair Installation" fix this or should I re-install windows?
     
  5. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Walter E. wrote:
    > System Restore in Win XP SP2 has become completely unresponsive. It
    > will not even open up the restore panel with the calendar that shows any
    > restore points.
    >
    > Would a "Repair Installation" fix this or should I re-install windows?
    > -
    > Walter
    > www.rationality.net


    In Administrative Tools : Services, I see a service listed for
    "System Restore Service". It is set to a Startup Type of Automatic,
    and on my machine, is currently running. What does yours look like ?

    For other hints, have a look at C:/WINDOWS\inf\sr.inf , which can be
    opened with a text editor. It'll show you what things are installed
    as part of System Restore. For example "rstrui.exe" is the thing
    that brings up the Calendar window. You can find rstrui.exe here.

    C:/WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\rstrui.exe

    Hmmm. Great. Mine is busted too! Running rstrui.exe is generating
    an error report to Microsoft, and a blank window which closes. Maybe
    the "Patch Tuesday" fix did this ? I only did that one yesterday.
    I think I'm going to try a reboot now, and see if it is still busted.
    There wasn't a reboot after Patch Tuesday update, so maybe that
    is the problem. I'm running SP3 too.

    Paul
     
  6. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Paul wrote:
    > Walter E. wrote:
    >> System Restore in Win XP SP2 has become completely unresponsive. It
    >> will not even open up the restore panel with the calendar that shows
    >> any restore points.
    >>
    >> Would a "Repair Installation" fix this or should I re-install windows?
    >> -
    >> Walter
    >> www.rationality.net

    >
    > In Administrative Tools : Services, I see a service listed for
    > "System Restore Service". It is set to a Startup Type of Automatic,
    > and on my machine, is currently running. What does yours look like ?
    >
    > For other hints, have a look at C:/WINDOWS\inf\sr.inf , which can be
    > opened with a text editor. It'll show you what things are installed
    > as part of System Restore. For example "rstrui.exe" is the thing
    > that brings up the Calendar window. You can find rstrui.exe here.
    >
    > C:/WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\rstrui.exe
    >
    > Hmmm. Great. Mine is busted too! Running rstrui.exe is generating
    > an error report to Microsoft, and a blank window which closes. Maybe
    > the "Patch Tuesday" fix did this ? I only did that one yesterday.
    > I think I'm going to try a reboot now, and see if it is still busted.
    > There wasn't a reboot after Patch Tuesday update, so maybe that
    > is the problem. I'm running SP3 too.
    >
    > Paul


    The reboot didn't fix it. I set a new restore point, then tried
    the calendar thing again, and it is working. Weird.

    Paul
     
  7. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Who are you and what did you do with Walter E?

    Paul wrote:
    > Paul wrote:
    >> Walter E. wrote:
    >>> System Restore in Win XP SP2 has become completely unresponsive. It
    >>> will not even open up the restore panel with the calendar that shows
    >>> any restore points.
    >>>
    >>> Would a "Repair Installation" fix this or should I re-install windows?
    >>> -
    >>> Walter
    >>> www.rationality.net

    >>
    >> In Administrative Tools : Services, I see a service listed for
    >> "System Restore Service". It is set to a Startup Type of Automatic,
    >> and on my machine, is currently running. What does yours look like ?
    >>
    >> For other hints, have a look at C:/WINDOWS\inf\sr.inf , which can be
    >> opened with a text editor. It'll show you what things are installed
    >> as part of System Restore. For example "rstrui.exe" is the thing
    >> that brings up the Calendar window. You can find rstrui.exe here.
    >>
    >> C:/WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\rstrui.exe
    >>
    >> Hmmm. Great. Mine is busted too! Running rstrui.exe is generating
    >> an error report to Microsoft, and a blank window which closes. Maybe
    >> the "Patch Tuesday" fix did this ? I only did that one yesterday.
    >> I think I'm going to try a reboot now, and see if it is still busted.
    >> There wasn't a reboot after Patch Tuesday update, so maybe that
    >> is the problem. I'm running SP3 too.
    >>
    >> Paul

    >
    > The reboot didn't fix it. I set a new restore point, then tried
    > the calendar thing again, and it is working. Weird.
    >
    > Paul
     
  8. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jul 16, 12:03 pm, "Walter E." <w...@example.com> wrote:
    > System Restore in Win XP SP2 has become completely unresponsive.  It will
    > not even open up the restore panel with the calendar that shows any restore
    > points.
    >
    > Would a "Repair Installation" fix this or should I re-install windows?
    > -
    > Walterwww.rationality.net


    System Restore is a frequent target for malicious software attacks.
    If SR was working before and is now afflicted, run some scans and then
    resolve any remaining
    issues.

    Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    detection programs:

    Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
    SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

    They can be uninstalled later if desired.

    When the scans run clean it may also be necessary to reregister some
    DLLs to get your SR calendar working. Reregistering the DLLs is okay
    even if they do not need reregistering. You can also reregister the
    DLLs before the scans which may fix the issue, but the scans are still
    recommended.

    Click Start, Run and in the box enter the following commands one at a
    time. Click the OK button to execute each command:

    regsvr32 jscript
    regsvr32 vbscript
    regsvr32 /i mshtml

    The last command for mshtml will load the DLL but may also contain a
    harmless warning message depending on your environment.
     

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