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A quick System Restore addenda

My previous post, “My favorite Life Savers flavor? System Restore“, has triggered some questions from readers: questions along the line of “SR won’t start” and “it keeps turning itself off.”

These issues stem from the fact that System Restore is a Service and you need to ensure that it is running, and that the “Start up type” is set to “Automatic”. Here’s how you make sure that is the case on your machine:

Start >Run. Type in “services.msc” (no quotes). In the right-hand pane of the window that opens, scroll down the list until you see System Restore Service and double-click it. If it is not already running, hit the Start button. Then use the drop-down arrow in the Start up type box to select Automatic. Close the Services window. That should resolve those issues.

Another person wanted to know how to undo a restore. This is a radio button option on the initial “Welcome to System Restore” page, after you’ve done a restore. It is the bottom one. Select it and hit Next.

I want to remind you, Dear Reader, that I welcome your questions and comments.

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June 24, 2007 - Posted by | advice, computers, how to, PC, System Restore, tech, Vista, Windows, XP

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  1. system restore service is not listed under my services.msc.???
    does not open when I type in rstrui or restore at the Start search.?
    all I’m trying to do is open it to see my calender of restore points.
    thanks in advance . . . frank

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    Comment by frank | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. Frank,
    First, make sure that SR is “enabled” on your machine (turned on). The CORRECT steps for this are described here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310405
    If this doesn’t rectify the problem, the proper procedure for troubleshooting System Restore is found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302796/
    If following these steps does not help, please let me know via the email address found on the “About Tech Paul” page. There are further steps that can be taken.

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    Comment by techpaul | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  3. I have a different problem. I have six hard drives, two external, but always on. My problem is that I want system restore on the C drive, but not on any other drive. I can set it up to do this, but every so often, Windows XP decides it’s going to monitor all the drives, and I have to go through the tedious setup procedure again and again. Any ideas?

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    Comment by jamesthebod | November 16, 2007 | Reply

  4. James–
    The quick answer is, “no, I don’t”. I have not run into this before.
    The Microsoft Knowledge Base tells you how to ‘globally’ enable or disable SR through Registry edits or Group Policy– to ‘force’ one state or the other– but this (method) is not drive-specific.
    In troubleshooting this, I would attempt to determine what was ‘triggering’ XP to turn on SR on the drives you’ve told it to “Do not monitor”… when does this happen (and why)? Is it my RAID controller? Have I changed some other Setting (or Service)?
    You can get help from Microsoft Support for System Restore troubleshooting, and they will ask you to run srdiag.exe and send them your error logs. There may be a malformed file in SR…
    You may have some luck looking through questions posted in this forum: Microsoft.Public.WindowsXP.help_and_support, or.. post this question there.

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    Comment by techpaul | November 16, 2007 | Reply


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