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Restoring, but for past 24 hours get "system restore is initializing"

Question: Restoring, but for past 24 hours get "system restore is initializing"

Should I do a hard shut down? Then what?

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Preferred Solution: Restoring, but for past 24 hours get "system restore is initializing"

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Restoring, but for past 24 hours get "system restore is initializing"

Hi Bmart,
if its installing updates or a repair install id say NO, causes major problems, otherwise Yes.


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Hi, I've had my laptop since December, got it used but it was 100% in working order. Out of nowhere, this morning I turned it on to email resumes out and it froze after I logged on. I couldn't restart by pressing ctrl+alt+delete x2 and I had to hold the power button down for about a minute or two before it actually shut off. I ended up googling and found a suggestion to restore the system. I have tried this twice now, first time I left the room and came back 2 hours later and it was stuck on "system restore is initializing" screen so I held down the power button. I'm on my third attempt and its been on the same screen again for over 3 hours. What happened? How do I get my laptop to work again?!

Answer:Laptop stuck in "system restore is initializing" screen

Hello, what is the operating system please?

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I want to restore my computer because its just a mess but when I try to restore it it just stays at the system restore is initializing forever!

Answer:Stuck at "System Restore is Initializing"

You have not told us the Make and Model# of your computer, or if it is laptop or a desktop.
The HDD may have failed. On another computer, download the ISO image for Seatools in my signature. Burn the image to CD using IMGBurn and boot off of the newly created CD and run the Short and Long tests on the HDD. If either test fails the HDD needs to be replaced.

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Under win XP Pro, I used to be able to set restore points manually by
clicking Start, Accessories, System Tools, Restore my Computer - but now find this last entry has disappeared. I can still locate system restore by using "search" and make a restore point, but would prefer the old procedure as before. Any suggestions please?

Answer:Restoring "system restore" entry

How come it disappeared? Try settings / Taskbar and start menu, customise the menu, advanced, find the system tools folder under all users (normally) and add this shortcut



Or you might prefer to just plonk a shortcut on the desktop....

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My system has got several restoration points. But most of them actually fail to perform:
The computer does shut up but, upon reinitiating, a message informs me that it could not restore and that no changes took place.
Thanks in advance for any help in solving this problem.

Answer:"Restoring System" fails to restore.

Sometimes malware causes you to not be able to restore to a previous date.

You can always reinstall System Restore - but you would lose your restoration points.

Why are you looking to restore anyways?

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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?

Answer:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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I am running Windows XP SP3, fully updated, on an Acer lap top PC.

I have several folders full of .mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. To do this I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

The two new columns appear, but the format of the "Duration" column appears to be "hours:minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03" for most .mp3's, when what I want to see is 'hours:minutes:seconds", e.g. "00:03:45".

This also happens for video files (.avi files), e.g. all my episodes of "Heroes" (sad, I know) have a duration of "00:42" instead of "00:42:xx".

Here are two pictures showing the problem with the .mp3's. The first is of Explorer showing the Duration as "Hours:Minutes":

The second picture is of the properties window of the first .mp3 in the list above:

I copied some .mp3 files to another (old) PC on my home network, and it displayed the duration field correctly:

Also, the properties window correctly shows the duration also:

I'm not the only person to have this problem. I received a private message from a member of another forum where I posted about this problem several weeks ago. That person also has the same problem with the duration field.

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Answer:Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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I sent an email to a few hundred people and for around 40 of them i got this "Warning: message could not send for the past 4 hours" email back. I understand that its not a Fail message and this this is one of those "there are no stupid questions" things but i would like to know:

What does this mean anyway?
Does the person receive my email if i do not get a Failure message after this?
Is there a way that i will not receive this message and only receive total failure messages?

I had the a few hundred other messages go through fine so i don't understand what causes this to happen to just a few dozen emails.

Thank you for being kind to Stupid Questions

Answer:Solved: What does "Warning: message could not send for the past 4 hours" mean anyway?

Let's say I work for a company whose email goes to; you send to me at [email protected] and get one of those messages back. The message means, in essence, that your mail got to, but some kind of problem with the system prevented the message from being sent to my actual mail server or computer. It's possible that the reason my be that I was fired and you will eventually get a "hard" failure message, but generally it means that abc will fix their system and the message will eventually get to me.

I'm sure there are some exceptions but, in general, I will get the message if you don't latter get a "hard" failure message.

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Help! This is so weird. My computer was frozen so I tried to restart it. I was re-booting it, but the "Starting Windows" screen was taking a really long time. I tried restarting it several times, it did nothing. I tried running the second option it gave me when i restarted, which was something like "run system restore" but that did the same, on a different loading screen. I have a HP Pavillion DV7, and it came with a "Quick Links" screen, before the startup, where I can access an internet browser, mail, calendar and skype. I am using that right now, so I don't understand why I can't go to my regular windows screen? I'm really confused, I tried pressing the delete button and f10 right when I started my screen, but it would be a black screen then my computer would shut down.... My warranty ran out last month, please help?

Answer:Can't boot up windows past the "starting windows" screen, can't run system restore

Re: Can't boot up windows past the "starting windows" screen, can't run system restor

Tap F8 while booting and see if you can get to safe mode. If you can, try a recovery from there. You also want to backup if you get there. Sounds like a failing hard drive as a first quick guess so scan your drive for errors.

Windows Explorer, right click drive C, check for errors.

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Good Morning,

I would like to introduce myself. I am new to the forum. Should I address an issue inappropriately, kindly alert me.

Most recently, I have experienced multiple PC issues. Recently, I performed a System Recovery and encountered the following ?

1. Cannot perform a SYSTEM RESTORE. The message is: ?Restoration Incomplete. Your computer cannot be restored."

2. When I booted up this morning, and DID NOT HAVE A DESKTOP.
The screen was blank ? no Icons.

3. The items below are APPEARING IN MY TEMP FOLDER, and are located at: C:\DOCUME~1\COMPAQ~1\LOCALS~1\Temp:

........a. 415303181927525125.tmp
......... plus similar numbers.

........b. IswTmp
........c. msohtmlclip1
........d. msohtmlclip

I delete the above items through safe mode but they re-appear.
** I am MOST CONCERNED ABOUT Items 1 & 2.


? (DESKTOP PC) Windows XP
? (SP3) HP Compaq Presario 061 - Media Center Edition,
? AMD Athlon (m) 64 Processor / (X 86-Based PC - 32-bit package)
? Version 5.1 / 2600 Build Processor

** If someone would give me some feedback, I would appreciate it tremendously.

Kind regards,

Answer:NO DESKTOP after booting up & SYSTEM RESTORE "Incomplete" & "Strange" Temp Files

Usually when the machine has a "blank" desktop, the boot/startup process has been interupted or is frozen to before Explorer is launched.

You can launch Explorer manually be navigating C:\Windows and double-clicking "Explorer".

If successful, do the following:

Start>Run>(type) "msconfig" and turn off all non-MS services and all startups.

Then, Start>Run>(type) "cmd", and at the command prompt type "chkdsk /f" and schedule a chkdsk to run on next reboot.

Reboot system and report results.

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Hi everyone!

Yesterday my HP laptop (Windows 7) started getting BSOD with various types of errors (mostly "STOP: 0x00000F4", "STOP: 0x0000007A", "c00021a" and one "missing %hs, c0000135"). Most of the time it restarts without any issues and works fine right after the BSOD and then an hour or two later I get a BSOD again.

I have tried restoring to Last Known Good Configuration, startup repair, hard disk check, virus scans and I also uninstalled any recently added programs I could think of and cleared up more than 50% of my hard disk space. None of these seem to have helped and I still get BSOD regularly.

I have attached the folder from the SF Diagnostic Tool and would appreciate any advice!
Thank you!

Answer:BSOD every few hours: mostly "STOP: 0x00000F4", "c00021a" & "c0000135"

Welcome to the forum.

Please go to Start and type in "msinfo32.exe" (without the quotes) and press Enter
Save the report as an .nfo file, then zip up the .nfo file and upload/attach the .zip file with your next post.
Also, save a copy as a .txt file and include it also (it's much more difficult to read, but we have greater success in getting the info from it).
Upload a screenshot using: CrystalDiskInfo For how to upload a screenshot or file, read here
Test your Hard Drive(s) by running: Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
Test and Diagnose RAM Issues with Memtest86+: RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Pay close attention to Part 3 of the tutorial "If you have errors"
Test the RAM with Memtest86+ for at least 7-10 passes. It may take up to 22 passes to find problems. Make sure to run it once after the system has been on for a few hours and is warm, and then also run it again when the system has been off for a few hours and is cold.

Monitor hardware temperature with system monitoring software like Speccy or HWMonitor. Upload a screen shot of the Summary tab as well:Piriform - Speccy
CPUID - HWMonitor
For how to upload a screenshot or file, read here

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When installing SP2 on my computer, there was a box that recommended "Backing up my system" before proceeding. So I created a restore point. I will install it on my daughter's computer next, and would like to know if I was supposed to do anything fancier than creating a restore point before installing SP2?

Answer:Does "Back up your system" mean "Create a Restore Point"?

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Can someone explain the difference between the two? How are they used, and when?Thank you!

Answer:Are "System Restore" and "Automatic System Recovery" the same thing?

What's the context please?And no, they are different:

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Problem (short version): System restore process is "stuck"
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Notes: I am using the proprietary restore software to (try) to reload the OS back to factory condition. I have tried several times to fix it, each time with no success. I have already written zeros to every sector of the HDD, so I'm trying to start from scratch. The restore disk/process takes place over three disks I had to create as soon as I got the laptop. The first disk went through fine, and now the second disk is in, with the percentage stuck up at 24%. It got there fairly quickly, but it's been stuck like this for at least an hour now. I'm tempted to wipe the disk again, but I'm hesitating because the HDD light is on and I can hear the DVD drive doing something, though I'm not sure what. The loading bar/progress bar isn't budging, but the green background of it is changing color (like it does when something is going on.) It is sending me no error messages, and I'm just wondering if I should let it keep going or do it some other way. When I insert the first disk, there are two options to boot from, either the "VAIO care rescue," which is what I'm doing now (I selected the restore option in its menu) or you can choose "Windows 7 install" or something along those lines, I tried that but there didn't appear to be any option to actually install under there, since it didn't detect any... Read more

Answer:Restoring from scratch: PC restore "stuck"

Unfortunately, oftentimes restore discs and partitions don't work.

Your system not detecting any partitions could mean a problem with the partition tables, or master boot record, etc. Did you already wipe the data off of your hard drive?

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At work we are having problems receiving an email with an encrypted attachment from another company. Monthly they send alerts to do with debit cards and since they have been doing this everytime we never get the email and they eventually get mail delivery subsystem error back saying " could not send message for past four hours {encrypt On Reply}" in the body of the email it says "timeout writing message to (name of my email server) : resource temporarily unavailable ( the email address it is trying to be sent to)" I have check on our end the smtp log file and it never even shows the email hitting our gateway so I dont see why we would be blocking the email. It seems to me this is something on thier end but they cant find a solution. Once again this is an email with an encrypted attachment that is an alert.. it is emailed to a distribution email address then sent to evryone in that distribution list. They get other emails fine it is just this certain one that we cant get. Does anyone have any idea what could be keeping this email from coming through?

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"Windows cannot find C:\windpws\system32\rstui.exe"; also "wfn.exe"
Any help provided would be most appreciated.
Thank you!

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 4026 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 310M , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 598095 MB, Free - 540781 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, NWQAA, 1.00, 123456789AB
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Windows7 cannot find "System Restore' and "Wondows Fax and Scan"

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Monday morning- Screen pops up saying my laptop wasn't shut down right. That it had to run a test to shut it down normal- Test took about 3hrs to complete.
After test I could get on like normal then once I shut it it shut down and didn't get back on till later that night only to find I CAN"T get past the  Black screen of death- the black screen with the "_" in top left corner. I've restarted it a lot to see if it would just turn on like normal with no luck. I CAN"T press F8 without having it beep at me I can only get into F2 and F12 and that is it. I know my battery is crap has been because it won't charge. I also Sunday night uploaded from malware bites web page a free download refreash virus protection again. Because somehow it went missing a few weeks before I did find that night I had to big viruses that I did get taken care of which were both trojans. I did get onto a few times that night with having problems when trying to open the new window in a new tab- Fire Fox.- My mother also said her down stairs computer desk top was doing the same with google the day. So I'm wondering what is going on with everything. I've tried to get a email for tech support but no luck because they say that they don't do anything with my model number- which is only 2-3 yrs old. I've got a lot saved on the computer but can't get inside at all.
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Answer:Laptop 1545 won't start up past the Dell welcome page- Black screen with "_" blinking in top Left corner F8 won't work at all to restore or safe mode.

Hi Emilie2011,
Welcome to the Community, it could be an issue with the harddrive. I suggest you can start by running the Hardware diagnostics.
To run diagnostics press and hold down the "Fn" key (on the lower left hand bottom of the keyboard)  and turn on the system,it should ideally bring up screen showing Pre-Boot System Assessment.
Another way to run the diagnostics go to F12 screen,scroll down using the "up" and "down" arrow key,choose diagnostics  and press Enter.
If the diagnostics shows any error code/message please post it back.
Since your system is getting stuck on black screen with blinking cursor,you can also try to release flea power.
To release flea power disconnect the charger and remove the battery,press and hold down the power button for 30 seconds,reconnect the battery and charger.Turn on the system and see if it boots to Windows.
Hope this helps,
Thank You

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OS: Win 7 x64, SP1


My main Win7 installation was infected by a virus/rootkit that was wreaking havoc on my system. System Restore would not work.

I had a Windows 7 System Image backed up saved to an external drive previously, so after I removed the virus, I decided to do a full restore from that one using a repair disc.

After running for a minute or two, I got this message : "The system image restore failed. Error Details: One of the backup files is corrupted (0x8078002C)".

So I can not restore from the backup I had saved. To make matters worse, the Restore process already started wiping out my Win7 install before it checked the Restore image for corruption, because now I can't even boot - "BOOTMGR is missing". Startup repair doesn't even detect an OS now.

1) Is this the way it usually works? During an image restore, Win 7 starts wiping out the old installation before it verifies that the restore image is even useable?

2) Is there any way to "repair" the System Image I have?

3) If not, is there any way to restore the installation that was wiped (partially) by initiating the Image Restore?

I realize that I can mount the VHD from the restore to recover some of the files, but only after having to do a fresh install - which begs the question: what the hell is the point of a Windows System Image backup in the first place, if it can't check for errors before wiping your system and leaving you screwed?

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Answer:Restoring from System Image: "One of the backup files is corrupted"

I would try a disk check with error recovery on the corrupted partition, but don't have much hope of that working any miracle.

You will probably have to use your previous backup, but from the way you posted I suspect that you are relying on just the one image.

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Here's some back story to my problem (feel free to skip this):
I've had issues lately where my laptop screen would turn black at random times. The screen just turns off and all I needed to do was hit the power button once, wait, and hit it again to get to the windows locked screen section. I entered my password and I could continue with whatever I was doing. More recently, this fix has turned into a very short term solution and the screen turns off a few seconds after logging back in again. I don't think it's a hardware problem because it can stay on the locked screen section without turning off.

At first, I thought it was overheating, so I used to turn it off and set it aside for a few moments and the problem resolved itself temporarily.

Note: This happened a few months after I bought said laptop, but wasn't able to send it for warranty since I was travelling abroad at the time. It's been over one year now and the warranty has probably expired.

Earlier this week, when I tried turning on the laptop, it was stuck on the section where the windows 7 logo should have appeared (the loading screen). I force powered off and tried again and it worked. After a while, that stopped working as well. Now I can only get as far as the Start-up repair section. I can't even go into safe-mode anymore. The startup repair didn't help at all (it said that it couldn't resolve the problem automatically), so I decided to try a System Restore.

I think my computer has been stuck in the sy... Read more

Answer:Stuck on System Recovery "Restoring Files"!

Update: It's been almost 6 hours now and it still says that it's "restoring files".

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Well, I've been having this problem for quite a while now, although I never really the true extent of it until just now, but I get the following message from Windows ANY TIME I try to make use of System Restore and would like to know what might be causing it and how to address it.

System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer's system files and settings were not changed.

An unspecified error occurred during System Restore.

You might want to try System Restore again and choose a different restore point.

Frankly I'm sick to death of it --I don't think it's ever worked one time on this machine now that I think about it, or if it did, it was quite some time ago. But this has been an issue for me in months past, and I never tried to address it until now. Where to start and what can I do to get it to function properly? And please note that I have tried using other earlier restore points, but it always comes back with the very same message you see above.

Thanks in avance.

Answer:"System Restore" NEVER "Restores"

Hello ccantare,
Have you tried to run it in safe mode ?. Give it a go and post your results. Good luck.

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,,,,different ways that W7 is backing up my files?

what is the proper/best way to use either?


Answer:is "backup and restore" and "system restore" different,,,

Backup and Restore backs up by default system files, the registry and documents, pictures, videos, and music. System Restore makes a backup of application files and system files and the registry. A system restore point should be made before installing programs in case anything goes wrong. A backup through backup and restore should be done in a monthly or weekly schedule since a drive can fail at any tine. Backup and Restore needs another drive to backup files to or else you will be filling up your system drive. There are better alternatives for it such as Macrium Reflect, but this is the simplest way of backing up in my opinion.

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I downloaded and installed an antivirus program called Emsisoft. It asked me to configure startup menus and tell it which programs it could trust. I made some mistakes apparently, and now my system is ROYALLY messed up. I managed to uninstall the program, but the changes it made remain behind. These are too numerous to list easily (but they include removing the "task bar" at the bottom of the screen), but the one that is most bothersome, is that it de-activated or damaged the "system restore" function... i cannot access it no matter what i try. I need to restore the system to a point before Emsisoft changed things. I can't access it from safe mode, to use the C:\Windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe trick (although if i could somehow access the command prompt from the control panel this might work ... is this possible???), because i can't boot up directly from the local disc: my computer tries to boot up from the CD drive, so i must press F9 in order to select the C drive to boot from - so the F8 safe mode is not available. I can get to the control panel through a great program called PC Optimizer pro.. so if i can restore the system restore function from there, or access the command promt, or reset the boot volume so i can use F8, i'll be all set.. maybe.

Please: anybody who knows what i can do to access my system restore function again, please help me! Thanks in anticipation!!

Answer:[SOLVED] How do i restore "system restore"? Emsisoft destroyed it!

Hi and welcome to TSF

What Anti virus were you using before ?


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Hello all.

I will apologise in advance if this question has been asked several times before and answered but I am unable to find an answer to solve my specific problem as the other answers seem to be generic solutions.

I am having a problem with my system restore point being restored. I am getting an error message that my restore point could not be completed.

I can create restore points and have several 'points' for the last two months. I deleted some software recently and found that i was not able to install a new version of the deleted software (Adobe). As i need it to run some videos I thought I would do a system restore, as I had created a restore point specifically for the deletion of the adobe software.

Anyway I cannot get my system to perform a successful restore using the System Restore feature of Windows XP SP2. It goes through all of the steps, reboots and I log back in, then I get a message that the system cannot be restored to the checkpoint I selected. I have tried several other check points within a couple of days of the one i specifically want. This happens regardless of the checkpoint I select.

I have spent a couple of days searching the internet via google and read the responses posted. No luck there with the suggestions posted.

I have gone into the Microsoft site - Troubleshooting steps for issues when you try to use the System Restore tool in Windows XP, and followed the information provided for the advanced user. I have booted up using S... Read more

Answer:System Restore Point not installing - "Incomplete Restore"


ran Avast! over my C:\ and found three virus's embedded in the restore point recently created and one with in the root of C:\. I removed (deleted) the identified virus files from the System Restore point and the file from the root of C:\

You can do the System Restore as Admin in Safe Mode and reboot into Safe Mode. If it completed the Restore, then boot normally. It sounds like Avast removed the virus and and in the process removed some of the Restore files as well. You are probably not going to be able to do a system restore. Which is just as well as you will just reinfect yourself. I would boot in normally and turn off system restore which will remove all restore points, then click on the link in my signature for Virus/Malware Help and make sure they give you a clean bill of health, then turn System Restore back on and do a Restore point for today if everything is working well.

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Hi All,

I'm getting random BSODs on my new Dell Precision M5510. The BSOD gets stuck on "initializing disk for crash dump", but never actually creates the dump. I have made sure that the page file is on the same disk as the OS (C:\), and that UAC was turned on. I also set the right location for the minidumps, and made sure that windows was configured to create the dumps in the first place. Still no joy.

The crash is often preceeded by a short time (10 seconds?) when explorer becomes somewhat unresponsive, as if a process is stuck on something. The mouse moves, and I was even able to open the start menu once in this state. Strangely, there were *no* programs listed in the start menu... and then I got the 0xF4 BSOD a few seconds later.

There *is* one initial crash dump which is included in the attachments here. However, I'm not sure how much that dump has to do with the BSODs I'm getting regularly now, for which no dumps exist. Maybe it has something to do with them, maybe not.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've seen similar issues for a Crucial SSD for which a firmware update was the fix. My NVMe SSD (a Toshiba 1TB thnsn51t02du7) is relatively new, and I can't find any updates for it, or much about it at all for that matter.

I've also put in an unmatched stick of RAM, but I think it shouldn't be a problem; but perhaps I'm wrong about that.

I should also note that I've been having trouble getting the Intel USB 3.1 driver to update. I run it, ... Read more

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Hi! I recently bought an Inspiron 15 7000 (7559). I went to the "Drivers and Downloads" section of the Dell website for my model and downloaded and installed the latest  drivers and updates.
The issue happened when I got to the "Seagate ST500LM000/ST1000LM014 Firmware Update" download. I opened the bottom of the laptop and made sure that the update was for my HDD. My model was ST1000LM014 so I downloaded the update "Kahuna_ZPE.exe" and ran it.
It started to run but then stopped at where it said "rEFInd - Initializing" and a bunch of lines saying "Binary is verified by the vendor certificate". I thought maybe it just took time to initialize so I left for a workshop I needed to do at work and asked my wife to see what would happen. 8 hours after when I got home, it was still on the same screen. Now, when I switch it off and on, it always goes back to the same screen.
Has anyone encountered the same issue before and know how to resolve this? Thank you.

Answer:Stuck at "rEFInd - Initializing" after trying to update Seagate HDD firmware

Same here

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Hi! I recently bought an Inspiron 15 7000 (7559). I went to the "Drivers and Downloads" section of the Dell website for my model and downloaded and installed the latest  drivers and updates.The issue started when I got to the "Seagate ST500LM000/ST1000LM014 Firmware Update" download. I opened the bottom of the laptop and made sure that the update was for my HDD. My model was ST1000LM014 so I downloaded the update "Kahuna_ZPE.exe" and ran it.It started to run but then stopped at where it said "rEFInd - Initializing" and a bunch of lines saying "Binary is verified by the vendor certificate". I thought maybe it just took time to initialize so I left for a workshop I needed to do at work and asked my wife to see what would happen. 8 hours after when I got home, it was still on the same screen. Now, when I switch it off and on, it always goes back to the same screen.Has anyone encountered the same issue before and know how to resolve this? Thank you.

Answer:Stuck at "rEFInd-Initializing" after trying to update Seagate HDD firmware

I had the same issue on my Dell 7559 today. When it tried to install the update it seemed to go into a loop with similar info. The only way I got it to proceed was - at the point where it changes screens (on my PC, it changes) a list of options appear. After much trial & error, I found I could move from one selection to another, then make a selection by moving the up/down keyboard arrows and entering a choice. Some of the options led to the "Safe" screen, which I couldn't find a use for. The top listing was the only one that I hit on that went through a cycle, that didn't seem to end correctly, but at least it stopped the loop. I'm sur Dell support is needed to make any sense of this one.
If I learn any more, I'll update the info.  Mike

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Last January I got that error message on this Windows 7 program and ended up taking the new computer offline for a year and using my old XP for another year so I could print again. I bought a new Hewlett Packard All-In-One Inkjet printer, sure it would work, and put my other computer back online, downloaded driver recommended by Hewlett Packard from Hewlett Packard (after I uninstalled the driver from Windows) and got the messages that everything was working properly and tried to print a test page, but still got the error message above

What can I do now to get this frustrating error fixed?

I should change my OS to Windows 7, but I don't kknow what the Service Pack is right now.

Answer:I get a message "Error initializing output device"


Originally Posted by funnierthanme

I should change my OS to Windows 7, but I don't know what the Service Pack is right now.


This question and others were answered in you other thread back in March 2012.

How do I fix "error initializing output device when I try to print?

Windows 7 is still on SP1 which you will get when you visit Microsoft Updates site if you install Windows 7.

If you continue to run XP, you should be aware that SP3 was released 4 years ago and your system would have many security vulnerabilities without it.

Do the compatibility check again as suggested by pip22 and if you decide you want to install SP3 for XP, let me know and I'll guide you through it.

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Hey All,

I'm at my wits end with this Net framework 4 installation issue that I've been having.

I've been having issues with my .net framework for a while now and at the behest of Microsoft's .net repair utility I tried to uninstall and re-install my framework. I used the .net frame work cleanup utility provided by a Microsoft link to remove all versions from my computer, then I re-installed 1, and 1.1 service pack. I'm running Windows 7 so 2 and 3.5 were impossible to remove as they are integral parts of my OS.

When trying to re-install 4 and 4.51 I found that I was unable to do so. My install utility returned an error code 0x80070643 (0x643). The error log also contained an MSI log linked to my installation procedure. This log returned value 3 on four separate occasion, the first of which referred to denial of access to msvcr100_clr0400.dll.

I changed the permissions of the file in question and tried again. This time I returned value 4 on only two occasions, the first of which states an error of 1603 and reads: "Error 25003. Error occurred while initializing fusion."

The relevant portion of my MSI log is posted below.

I've done some searching and I can't come up with a clear solution to resolve my issue. Maybe one of you can help.




07/20/14 21:22:50 DDSet_Status: Process ended: ReturnCode=0x00000000, Time=0.5530
07/20/14 21:22:50 DDSet_CARetVal: 00000000:'"C:\Windows\SysWOW... Read more

Answer:Net 4 Framework Installation "Error while initializing fusion"

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (which includes versions 2.0 SP2 and 3.0 SP2) comes as part of Windows 7.

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 is the most current version to install in Windows 7.


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Although my printer worked with Windows 7 about a month ago, suddenly one day, I got the above message. A Dell technician, himself, installed the driver to make the printer compatible with Windows 7 but it only worked for a few days after that.

My printer is probably about 3 years old. I still have the installation disc, and had installed it on this new computer in January.

It had worked fine with XP before.

Dell says this is my problem and not covered under my warranty.

Answer:I get a message "Error initializing output device"

Please tell us the exact brand and model of your printer so we can see if a proper driver is available for Windows.7.

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Hi all
Previously the  "Save Picture"  box would put a web generated title in the box and automatically selected JPEG.  Now the title box reads "untitled" and the only file options offered are "png" & "bmp" 

Please note that a similar post has appeared, but the solution did not match the fault.  I'm seeking to restore the automatic response to save picture, that might have been upset by antivirus clean-up programme.

Thank youin advance for considering my problem

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Made a HUGE mistake, messed with the settings under "My Computer" > "Manage" > "Services> and also the "Local Users". Now having trouble, can not see my "Start and Task Bar", the "windows"+ ''e" is no longer working.

How can I restore the Services & the Local Users account without having to reinstall my whole computer? I am afraid I will loose lots of files... I do not remember what exactly I changed, but some of the "Services" I changed to "disable" now when I try to open properties and change them back, I am unable. The right click to get to properties is not working.

Your help is highly appreciated.

Answer:How to restore the defaults for "services" under "My Computer" > "Manage>

I am not sure about the "quick" way of restoring, but what you can do is go back to services, "RIGHT-CLICK" the white area select "HELP" then the third option is "Default settings for services"

you can see what the default was and manually restore it. I have tried to copy and paste it below


Service Startup Type Log On As Additional information
Alerter Manual Local Service
Application Layer Gateway Manual Local Service
Application Management Manual Local System
Automatic Updates Automatic Local System
ClipBook Manual Local System
COM+ Event System Manual Local System
COM+ System Application Manual Local System
Computer Browser Automatic Local System
Cryptographic Services Automatic Local System
DHCP Client Automatic Local System
Distributed Link Tracking Client Automatic Local System
Error Reporting Automatic Local System
Event Log Automatic Local System
Help and Support Automatic Local System
IMAPI CD-Burning COM Manual Local System
Internet Connection Sharing Manual Local System
IPSec Services Automatic Local System
Logical Disk Manager Automatic Local System
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service Manual Local System
MS Software Shadow Copy Provider Manual Local System
Net Logon Automatic Local System
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing Manual Local System
Network Connections Manual Local System
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Hi, I just want to make sure that while I'm waiting for this scan to run that it is actually running and not just hung up somewhere!

I've got a window w/in the RootRepeal window that says "File Path" - this is blank. Under that it says "Initializing, please wait..."

At the very bottom of the RootRepeal screen it says "Scanning for hidden/locked files..."

The computer is making no noise (all the other scans so far have made noise indicating they are doing something).

*I am patient and have no problem waiting, I just want to make sure something is actually going on!

Thanks so much, Amy

Answer:RootRepeal stuck on "Initializing, please wait..."? first virus....win32.netsky worm

I committed the cardinal sin of clicking on a link in an email from someone I don't know. I didn't think I was doing anything wrong - it was a reply to an item I put up for sale on Craigslist, I thought they were trying to tell me the item was recalled or something....anyway, that's what I get for thinking. So, it was either this or something I picked up on Facebook - went there for the first time to check out some pictures a friend wanted me to see, got lost, started clicking on all kinds of things, people I know but hadn't heard from in forever.

So, all these warnings about not being protected, being infected started popping up, including a window that kept starting to scan everything - Internet Security 2010. Then my desktop went neon green with a black box saying I had (have) a virus. I kind of panicked and I'm not sure what all I clicked because I couldn't tell what was legit and what was not.

I followed the FAQ, cleaned what I was told to, downloaded what I was told to, ran what I was told to. I only had problems with RootRepeal, it kept getting hung up on initializing and then everything froze - I had to push the button to turn off the computer. I tried unzipping again and ran it again - same thing.

So, now I will try to attach my logs.....

I need to go find the SuperAntiSpyware and MalWareBytes logs and I'll be back to post them. What should I do about RootRepeal?

Tha... Read more

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Hi there, I am having a problem with openin Sony Vegas Pro 11. When I click the icon to open this software, it opens, but stops at the part: Initializing UI and then doesn't go further. I don't know where is the problem. If you could help, I would really appreciate it.

You can see below what I get when I open Sony Vegas.

Answer:Sony Vegas Pro 11 freezes at "initializing ui"

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Hello! ... How about removing these two:
"Restore previous versions" and "Share with"

Answer:Remove "Restore previous versions" and "Share with" from context menu

Hello Pcunite,

This tutorial can show you how to remove Restore Previous Versions from the context menu.Restore Previous Versions - Restore or Remove from Context Menu - Vista Forums
In addition, if you like, this tutorial will show you how to remove the Previous Versions tab in the poperties page.Previous Versions Tab - Restore or Remove from Properties - Vista Forums
This tutorial can show you how to remove Share with from the context menu.Share with - Restore when Missing in Context Menu
Hope this helps,

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Hi Everyone!
So i want to restore the computer to a restore point that is about 2 weeks ago and it writes something like "Prepairing to restore your system..." and nothing happens... what can i do? (ive waited few hours and nothing happens...)

Answer:System Restore won't start. ("Preparing to restore your system...")

try this link out and see if it helps ya out any:[2]=Backup%20Restore

Look in the section in the link above and see if it helps ya out any.

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When does System Restore delete "old" System Restore Points?

A few days ago, there were 3-4 SR points in the list.

Today there is only 1. Nothing significant has changed on the system.

Answer:When does System Restore delete "old" System Restore Points?

I have no idea on the timing. This might give you a better idea how things work.
System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

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Last night I was copying files from External HDD over to my computer. It was a very long process and in my sleepy state I put my computer to sleep during the copying.

When I logged back in the following morning the copy process appeared paused but when I went to restart the external HDD could not be found

I have disconnected and reconnected the HDD into several USB ports without any luck.

I have tried to search for forums but my problems seems to veer off from the track of others. Will try to post as many pics as I can.

Please let me know if further information is required!
lost all my files while trying to back up and omg SSD please get cheaper these thing ALWAYS BREAK!
*Reposting in general support

Answer:External HDD not Initializing, Not in "This PC", Need Recovery!

Trying everything I'm finding and just keep hitting dead ends or I reach a point I don't understand.

Does putting a PC to sleep really kill any HDD that is copying to it? How can one button corrupt so much data....why isn't there any safety in place??

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Hey there,

Recently in the past week ive been randomly having the internet "stop working" after 30-40mins of being on it, and all websites coming up with Connection Refused, with Sky Tech Support saying its all working fine and there showing activity.

So I assumed it may have been something I recently downloaded, so I uninstalled them all and it still kept happening, so I then tried a system restore, only to be met with "System Restore failed - Unexpected Error". Tried restoring around 3 times now and the same thing everytime.

The internet seems to be working still and active, but websites either come up as "Connection Refused" or just don't load up at all with a blank white screen.

Im posting asking for help with both the system restore and internet problem hoping that I can kill two birds with one stone by restoring it to before it started doing all this.


Answer:"Unknown Error" Doing a system restore, and weird internet problem

So far the internet has gone off after: 39minutes, 1hours 57minutes and 11minutes. Did a Kaspersky virus check and nothing whatsoever.

So no idea what either the system restore, or internet going down problems are. Help!

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I'm trying to restore my computer to a previous point in time (earlier today) using the "System Restore" utility. After I select my restore point and click on "Next", I'm noting in the next screen ("Confirm disks to restore") that my C: drive is showing a "not enough space" status (as opposed to the expected "Ready to Restore" status). Do I need to do something as simple as clearing out files from "temp" directories?

To complicate matters slightly: I'm unable to boot into the Windows GUI. When I power up the computer, the "Startup Repair" window stating "Your computer was unable to start" appears and attempts to correct the problem. After a few minutes, it reports that it cannot repair the computer automatically and presents me with a "System Recovery Options" window. Since the initial Startup Repair was unsuccessful, I'm choosing not to select that option I thought the "System Restore" option would be the next best approach. When I try to perform the System Restore, I run into the scenario that I detailed in the first paragraph of this post.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, and I'm more than happy to post additional information as required.


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Do System Restore Points of type Backup require the actual System Image Backup?

I create a system image backup automatically every week using windows 8 system image backup(that hidden feature). So of course ALL my weekly System Restore Points are of type "BACKUP" i.e. System Image Restore Point & NOT "SYSTEM" i.e. "Automatic Restore Point" see pic below:

When the system image is created it also creates a "System Image Restore Point" of TYPE = "Backup", so my question is, does restoring my computer to one of these restore points actually require the corresponding "system image backup" to make the system restore point work?

I refer only to making use of the system restore point in system protection AND NOT restoring a system image to, for example, a new hard drive.

I hope my question is clear.Thanks Chris

Answer:Do System Restore Points of type "Backup" require the Bkup

When the system image is created it also creates a "System Image Restore Point" of TYPE = "Backup", so my question is, does restoring my computer to one of these restore points actually require the corresponding "system image backup" to make the system restore point work?

I would say yes it needs the image file. Using the disk cleanup utility you have the option of deleting old system restore backups and shadow copies I believe. And for someone with a decent number of backups this is a massive amount of storage regained because it deletes old images (except the last one) so these backups can get large. So without the image file, the entry is removed and it can't be restored to that point without that image file. Hopefully I understood the question correctly enough.

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Ok so suddenly for no reason my computers starts acting unresponsive with numerous applications. Now I do what every good little Vista user does and tries to do a system restore. Now unfortunately system restore doesn't want to work ! I've tried this about 3 times so far with the same message, "An unspecified error occurred during system restore."


Answer:"An unspecified error occurred during system restore"... several times in fact...

Hello PaC,

Try putting the applications to run as 'Computer Administrator'. Hope this helps!

Think I helped you out? Click the scales and give me some rep! Thanks!

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Hi, all.

Long time lurker, first time poster. I am working on a Gateway MX3215. It was mauled by the Parite virus. I used the Dr. Web tool to cure all of the files. But there are a few "shaky" parts so that I'm not comfortable with the build. (Search comes up, but there is no dialog, etc.)

So I hit F11 to load the recovery partition (D partition on the physical drive). But it looks like it is stuck mid-process. I see the Gateway logo on the upper left, the words System Recovery on the upper right. On the left it is highlighted at Changing CD-ROM IN the main area of the window, there are the words "Completing Recovery Partition" at the top and two windows are open in the center. The one on the top has System Restore in the title bar of the window, with "please insert System Restore CD/DVD # 1 now." The window underneath has "File copy ... Please wait" in the title bar.

And the drive keep ejecting (looking for the CD/DVD).

What I've done: I defeated the PC Angel part so I can see the D: partition.

What I need to do: I need to reset this back to the first step, so I can use this to reload the OS on the computer. I have other builds of XP and I have partition management software. So I COULD just install some other build. But I'd like to reset the restore partition to the beginning.

Help, please? May thanks in advance.

One Ring

Answer:Solved: Recovery Partition stuck at "please insert System Restore"

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My Win 7x64 desktop was off for several days, with the console unplugged. Upon first start up today, I was prompted to update the AMD driver to Catalyist 12.10, which I did. It seemed to have an effect on another app that I wanted to reverse, so I ran System Restore to right before the computer was last shut down. It returned an error message, and again after a normal reboot: It read that System Restore didn't complete running. "The data is invalid (0x8007000D)." Running System Restore to later time points got the same result.

Later, I tried a cold boot into System Repair, F8 (nothing found). The System Restore error message now was as follows:

"rstrui.exe - Application error
The instruction at 0xfb30584d referenced memory at
0x00000008. The memory could not be read."

I did a google search on rstrui.exe error, but didn't find a lot and so far none of it has worked. The last system image backup before today was two weeks ago, so that's not a welcome option. Any ideas what the problem might be and how to get Sys Restore going again? Thanks,

Answer:System Restore doesn't work: "rstrui.exe - application error"

By chance, do you have Agnitum Outpost firewall on your machine? Other forum threads indicate this could cause problems for system restore. The recommended solution was to disable a function called Self Protection.

You could also see if there are any damaged or corrupt system files by running a system file checker scan from and elevated command prompt (option two.) If problems are found run the scan 3 times and reboot your computer after each scan.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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As in title. I have an issue where the PC boots up fine, then after I log on the PC hangs up on the loading screen. I system restored from safe mode, and the issue was fixed. Two days later, the issue recurred. Again system restore fixed the problem. Any ideas how to fix it permanently? I did not install anything except the BF3 patch between the two system restores.

Cheers, Notso

Answer:Windows 7 stuck on "Welcome" screen - system restore fixes temporarily

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

You should be OK here.

Try a Startup Repair, as described in this tutorial: Startup Repair

You may want to run a system file check: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Or a Repair Install: Repair Install

As the problem doesn't occur in safe mode you can also check in Event Viewer for anything untoward as you may have a driver problem.

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I recently had a hard drive fail on my laptop. I was able to recover my data as well as the "system restore/recovery" partition.

Due to the fact that my computer did not come with a seperate Windows XP disk, I really need my "system restore/recovery" partition to be put one my new hard drive so I can install xp.

How? How do I put the partition on the hard drive so when the computer boots up it gives me an option of doing a system restore?

any help would be appreciated.

Bryan in Tucson

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I have a computer that is dual booted with windows 7 and windows 10. My windows 7 operating system is very slow and malfunctioning. But I have an old system image backup when my windows was healthy and fast. So I want to restore Windows 7 from this image. But I don't want to format and damage Windows 10 that I installed recently. So here is my question: I saw an option to exclude disks for not restoring or formatting specific disks from restoring. So will this option work for bootable disks so that my windows 10 drive remains unchanged? Can anyone answer me if anyoneknow or has done this restore before? Thank you.

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Hello everyone,

I am currently a new registered user and was wondering if this was the correct place to post my problem. I have a issue with my Local Disk (C:/ Drive) and was wondering what was taking up so much space. I have a 1TB hardrive, currently on my Local Disk I have 136GB free of 454 GB. However, when I add up what I can find when opening the drive, it doesn't add up anywhere near the 317GB that it says has been used.

Now, I have currently installed...CCleaner, Eusing Regcleaner, AVG Free 8.0, and TreeSize, all of which I have run various times (still learning about TreeSize).

BEFORE I was getting scared because I had even less memory free (approx. 74.9GB of 454GB). But after running a Disk knocked it down to it's current state. It still doesn't explain how I have so much memory used.

My only thought now is that there are extra copies of my folders and files. Or most likely this has something to do with Vista's "System Restore". I am not very adept at using this PC. Whatever advice you guys can give...try to dumb it down for me and tell me where to go (e.g. Control Panel>Systems>etc..)

And my System Specs are incomplete because I don't even know where to go to get all that information! So if you need to know something about my PC tell me where I might find it or just look at what I have for my System Spec.

Thank you very much, I'll be checking my post at least once a day so I'll try to respond quick if any of you pros have an idea... Read more

Answer:Local Disk/System Restore/"eating" up space

Hello Mike, and welcome to Vista Forums.

This tutorial will help you see how much disk space is being used by System Restore and how to adjust the MAX size it can use. With a 1TB drive, it will have a high MAX by default.

System Restore - disk space

Hope this helps,

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All of a sudden I've been getting a bunch of "invalid" operations. It seems to have started with Windows explorer being buggy. It would take a long time for the contents of a folder to be listed and if I'd click off and restart I'd just get a bunch of freewheeling clocks under everything, Desktop, Libraries, Homegroup, Computer, Network. Everything... no details available. (See Explorer_Glitch_Sept-17-2014.jpg)

I'd run CHKDSK and it would get sorted out. (See CHKDSKResults.txt for latest)

But then I'd get these "invalid" function notices. (Sorry, no images for this) For example, I'd just click on "C" in explorer and get nothing but the notice that it was an invalid path... I'd reboot and it happened again after trying to close a program: "Invalid pointer operation." I tried shutting down but it wouldn't shut down because the program I was trying to shut down wasn't shut down because of the "invalid pointer operation." So I had to force a shutdown.

Very strange. I tried a system restore without success. A file wasn't available, it said, probably because of a firewall problem. I disabled the anti-virus but it wouldn't work still. (See SysRestoreFail.jpg)

I'm going to enclose administrative event from event viewer (I don't know if that will help) and a notice about the inoperability of the system restore. I wish I had a picture of the warnings and the codes but I don't. (see AdminEvents.jpg for this... I couldn't upload the ... Read more

Answer:Multiple "invalid" operations. System Restore inoperable.

Test your hard drive with the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan, followed by another full Disk Check.

Run a full scan with Malwarebytes and you AV, then SFC to test System Files, establish a Clean Boot, cull the logs for repeat errors to resolve, utilize System resources from the the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

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I am an amateur photographer and like to download Tutorials from You Tube and other Websites.
I went away for two weeks and when I returned home, this is my tale of woe.
So I sincerely hope you guys and girls can help me.
When I turned on my PC and tried to download a video, nothing happened. Normally when I roll the mouse over the video a "Download this Video" appears.
When I tried to use System Restore to go back to an earlier time I was informed that it couldn't do so.
I have tried chrome://plugins method but have been unsucessful. I have enabled this, disabled that and to be honest I think I have made the situation worse. What should be enabled and disabled on these pages?
What I will appreciate is if someone could give me instructions which will resolve these problems, preferably in laymans terms!!!!!!
My O.S. is Windows XP.
Many thanks in anticipation of some good advice.

Answer:Cannot " Download this Video" and System Restore doesn't function.

Is this the RealPlayer downloader? I had a similar problem in Google Chrome. The only way I can use it is to open the video in IE (9) which works OK. For Chrome I installed FVD video downloader, which works in most cases. Not Youtube though. I have to go to IE for that. Maybe worth a try.

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Hello -

I had a horrible bug called "Antivirus Soft" yesterday - it would not allow any programs to open and instead wanted me to open their antivirus software.

I ran Malwarebytes and that didn't find it so I tried a few of the other fixes I found on here but I couldn't use them because I couldn't get on the internet in safe mode to download the programs.

Anyway, I thought I had nothing to lose so I did a system restore to Friday out of safe mode, and my computer is working fine now.

Is there anything I have to do now? Will I live to regret this some day?

And by the way, what AV program should I be running? Trend Micro let this thing through --



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Okay so I've just did a system image restore onto a brand new hard drive that i've purchased.
My intentions were to basically transfer everything from my old HD to the new one.
I had saved the System Image on an external HD.
I disconnected my old HD before starting up the system image recovery process because for some strange reason it wouldn't select my new HD for the recovery process without me having to select the old one too.
It went through recovery fine.
It booted into the new HD FINE.
I shut down the computer to reconnect my old HD and use it as a slave.
Then during boot it said something along the lines of "Having problems starting up" so it recommended that I go through this quick recover of some sort so I did, knowing that I connected the old HD it must've caused spme sort of confusion with the OSs?
After going through the quick recovering with the startup, it had me choose between OSs, "Windows 7" or "Windows 7 professional"
The result in goin into "Windows 7" was a message saying "Missing Operating System".
The result in going into "Windows 7 Professional as I logged in was an empty windows with blue wallpaper and a message in the corner saying that my Windows isn't genuine??!

Please, what do I do to fix this.

Answer:System Image Restore Failure, "Windows not genuine", help please!


For the sake or resolving this issue I d/c'ed my new HD and just had my old HD connected so I can get back into my OS and somehow get somewhere with this from there.
It turns out that my old HD is the OS with the "Missing Operating System"?!
I'd done absolutely nothing to my old HD for this to happen!!
The ONLY thing I had done before disconnecting was performing a System image backup.
Lucky me hey?

**UPDATE 2**
My main concern here is that I would like to access my NEW HD.
My intentions for the OLD HD was to format it anyway.
The System Image is still in my external HD.

**UPDATE 3**

When doing the system image recovery I wanted to exclude the OLD HD because the screenshot shown would've happened for reasons unknown. If anybody knows what that means then maybe i would understand the problem. Maybe.
I now have both of my HDs deleted and unallocated.
So why is this message still popping up when I try to restore to my NEW HD?
For some reason it NEEDS to include my OLD HD but why? Can somebody please ellaborate?

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My PC just crashed, i couln't reboot: it was hanging on the win logo screen.
I reinstalled on my other drive (D)and now, I wonder if i can restore from a specific "System Restore Point"
(C:\System Volume Information\_restore{80C4973B-BBF1-4E36-BBC0-236C2BF92D01}\RP961\snapshot\...)?
I know I can restore part of the the registry
(ie. _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM to c:\windows\system32\config\system)
but can i restore it all with some Utilities that can rename and/or move the files? I have no idea what the files in the \snapshot\Repository\FS\ folder are????
Anyone knows what i'm talking about?
Thanks for any help!!!

Answer:WinXP Boot with specific "System Restore Point"

Interesting..what happens if you copy that restore point to the new partition? Does it detect it as a restore point in the system restore tool? Never tried it before.

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Hi guys,

As my Sony vaio VGN was rather cluttered, I decided to do a total system restore to factory settings.

So I hit f10 at startup and went to the vaio recovery console, and chose the recover complete system option.

It goes fine up until 95%, and then just goes no further. The CPU and battery light also turn off completely at this point, but the screen still stays on and I can move the mouse and such like.

There are no error messages or anything like that.

I've tried it 3 times now, and the same thing happens.

Does anyone know where I can go from here?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Sony Vaio "restore complete system" cutting out at 95%

When doing a factory recovery you must have the laptop running on mains power, not battery.

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Hello all. Again: can anyone help with System Restore?
It keeps getting suspended "as there is not enough free disk space".
Sure space is plenty - over 1 gigabyte on every drive.
I am sure I didn't touch the System Restore Directory.

This started after SP2 was installed. Both at work and at home. Hardware is absolutely different. What might be the damn issue?


Answer:System Restore Suspended - "not enough free space". Wrong!

Here are a couple articles pertaining to your issue, the text below them is from the second article.;en-us;300044

How can I adjust how much space System Restore uses on my disk?

Answer: To adjust the amount of space System Restore uses on a disk, go to the Control Panel ('Start > Control Panel') and double click the 'System' icon. Then click on the 'System Restore' tab on the system applet. Depending on your disk setup use the following instructions:

If you have just a single partition on your system: You can adjust the space system restore uses on the disk by moving the slider on this page left (to decrease space usage) or right (to increase space usage. The maximum space usage is 12% and is the default.

If you have a multiple partitions on your system or multiple disks: Click on the drive you want to adjust in the available drives section on the System Restore page and then click the settings option. You can then adjust the space system restore uses on that drive by moving the slider to the left (to decrease space usage) or right (to increase space usage). The maximum space usage is 12% and is the default. Repeat for each drive as necessary.

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I ordered a Toshiba recovery USB. It cost me ?40! But it doesn't work. I need to restore my system because my entire hard disk - including the recovery partition - was wiped clean by a virus. A laptop repair person put a cheap version of Windows 8 on for me, but it is not the full version and various things - such as the DVD player - don't work. I need to reinstall to factory settings.

My USB ports are working fine. When I am in Windows, I can view the contents of the USB stick I have been sent. It contains various folders and files, including a "BOOT" folder and a "BOOTMGR" file.

I have been into the UEFI settings and made the following changes:
Disabled Secure Boot
Changed the Boot Order so that USB is top of the list
Changed the Boot Mode from UEFI to CSM

When I restart the machine with these settings in place, I get the message "No bootable device - insert boot disk and press any key".

I have four USB ports and I have tried plugging the USB stick into every single one of them, but I get the same error every time.


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I am trying to upgrade my 3 year old VAIO VPC-EB series laptop to a new hard drive. I got a 7200 1TB HGST hard drive. The old hard drive was 500GB. On my first attempt, I decided to backup all of my user data on another drive, restore OS (Windows 7) from Sony's recovery DVDs which I made in advance, and then restore user data. Unfortunately, this does not work because the new hard drive is an "Advanced Format" drive. Once the fresh OS starts booting, the setup complains “Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer’s hardware”. My understanding, Sony's answer to this issue is that they simply don't support upgrading hardware to an incompatible hard drive. It turns out I may need to install OS using a retail DVD, preferably with SP2. Well, I have several, but this doesn't work well either because for some reason the Sony VAIO activation key does not work with retail Windows 7 SP2 DVDs (and I don't have any other activation keys I can use).

Which finally brings me to the issue I mentioned in the title. The last thing I have tried is to simply create a system image of the entire install using Windows 7 backup, boot from Windows 7 recovery disk, and restore the system image onto the new hard drive. This worked pretty well until I discovered one strange issue. Whenever I run a Microsoft Windows program that requires administrator privileges (e.g. the microsoft management console mmc.exe) I get a warning message asking if I would like to r... Read more

Answer:"Publisher: unknown" for all MS executables after full system restore

Quote: Originally Posted by Jacob7

The next logical step is probably to buy a Windows 7 activation key

Why do you need a new Windows 7 activation key? Surely the existing installation is activated?

Lets check :

1. Download and save this tool to your desktop:

2. Run the tool, and then click 'Copy' - ignore any errors if they appear

3. Use CTRL+V to paste the unedited results of the validation tool here in your next reply

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Hello, I've got a bit of a problem. I see a lot of guides that say you can undo your last system restore by clicking an option in the System Restore window that says something along the lines of "Undo Last System Restoration" (note that this is *not* Rollback to Last Restore Point) but I don't have that. I've only got two options-- Create a New Restore Point and Restore to Last Point.

I'm not interested in System Restore Points, I'm trying to undo an accidental hard drive wipe (which, ironically did the opposite of what I intended it to do. It deleted all of my important photos and documents while leaving all the installed programs I wanted gone... yeah, jokes on me, huh?) and I've already tried programs like Undelete and Pandora to little success.

I'm considering going to a professional, but I'm not too happy about shelling out upwards of $300 (the price my sister in law paid to have her documents restored after a hard drive failure) if its something I could do by myself with someone's help.

I'm guessing that my version of Windows XP Home is older than the versions that include 3 options in the System Restore menu, but here's hoping I've still got some hope. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Answer:System Restore problem -- no "Undo Last Restoration" button

Are the restore points available when you check in "Restore my computer to an earlier time"??? You may have purged your restore points..
Restoring to an earlier point will not, undo the wipe and recover your data.
For that wait for more replies from the Geeks

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I have had a problem with a friends Computer i have been trying to fix (you will find another thread titled 000000x24 error) and i have "finally" been able to access the repair menu after booting from the OS CD which gives me the option (I tried repair, didn't work) of a Complete System Restore.

My question is "will" Complete System Restore "overwrite" all of the personal or additional information added by the user on the hard drive, such as photo's, music...etc... or will it do the restore without affecting anything else?

And oh yes, the OS on the machine is Windows Vista Basic, but my friend doesn't have the original disc it came with so i am using my Windows Vista Ultimate CD to do this, will this matter at all when doing a Repair or System restore or does it need to be the exact same version in this instance?

Answer:Will "Complete System Restore" Overwrite Personal Files?

Chances are that it will. Some of them try to save copies of the files in a folder at the root of the drive, but there should be backups, anyway. Any file without at least 2 backup copies is one you do not want to keep.

Just move the personal files elsewhere before the restoration. There are a number of boot CD's that can do that, including Parted Magic disk partitoning tool (Bootable CD image), which also has recovery and other tools that you may find useful later.

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Hello All:

I would like to set up a restore point in my computer, feature currently not enabled.

When I go to System Security / System Properties / System Protection for System, I can't click on the "Restore system settings and previous versions of files" button (see attached file).

How can I overcome this matter?

Thank you!

Answer:can't enable "Restore system settings..." button in dialog box

Hello madasco

Firstly you need to turn on system restore and allocate some space for it to use. Have a look here see if it helps you to get it enabled - System Restore - Enable or Disable

Regards Danny

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Hello,I have noticed a couple recent problems on my computer:1)  System Restore no longer works in normal boot mode.  I can access the system restore points, but when I try to revert to them it never fully completes the process.  I have a sneaky feeling that my recent upgrade to Zone Alarm may be the issue (I do not remember which version I was running before).Assuming it is possible to temporarily deactivate Zone Alarm to run this test, I wonder if there is a way to download a previous version of Zone Alarm that is compatible with System Restore.Please note that I *CAN* successfully run System Restore while booting in Safe Mode.  Depending on what the answer to this problem is, I guess I would need to decide which is the lesser of the 2 evils (keep recent version of zone alarm & restore in safe mode vs. downgrade to earlier version of zone alarm).  I'm not even certain if Zone Alarm is the true culprit.2)  Another funny thing is happening.  Every time I boot into Windows XP I see a microsoft folder that appears on the desktop.  I believe there is some startup process that may be causing it.  I always see this folder after some of the tray icons appear.  For example, it will load zone alarm, then AVG, then LightScribe, etc... and within 30 seconds after LightScribe I suddenly see this microsoft window out of nowhere.  The directory is empty.  I think it is from what of the other startup events NOT re... Read more

Answer:System Restore and a "mystery" occurence of a Microsoft Window

Quote from: EyeInSky on May 09, 2009, 11:57:56 AMHello,I have noticed a couple recent problems on my computer:1)  System Restore no longer works in normal boot mode.  I can access the system restore points, but when I try to revert to them it never fully completes the process.  I have a sneaky feeling that my recent upgrade to Zone Alarm may be the issue (I do not remember which version I was running before).Assuming it is possible to temporarily deactivate Zone Alarm to run this test, I wonder if there is a way to download a previous version of Zone Alarm that is compatible with System Restore.Please note that I *CAN* successfully run System Restore while booting in Safe Mode.  Depending on what the answer to this problem is, I guess I would need to decide which is the lesser of the 2 evils (keep recent version of zone alarm & restore in safe mode vs. downgrade to earlier version of zone alarm).  I'm not even certain if Zone Alarm is the true culprit.2)  Another funny thing is happening.  Every time I boot into Windows XP I see a microsoft folder that appears on the desktop.  I believe there is some startup process that may be causing it.  I always see this folder after some of the tray icons appear.  For example, it will load zone alarm, then AVG, then LightScribe, etc... and within 30 seconds after LightScribe I suddenly see this microsoft window out of nowhere.  The directory is empty.  I think i... Read more

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My XP Pro began acting strangely lately: on bootup, a black DOS window for GoogleDesktopUpdate.exe is staying open for a very long time (no activity in the window); intermittently I had nothing in my QuickLaunch toolbar or in my Programs group or even at one point not even anything at all in the Start button; intermittently the Add/Remove window failed to populate with anything; and all my QuickLaunch icons got scrambled (least of my worries of course but part of a much bigger problem).

Recent events that could have led to this include having had the system go into a spontaneous reboot on it's own while I was working in a complex video editing program (I assume it had a bug or the system hiccupped when I hit spacebar to play an audio file). When the reboot that that incurred was done, I got a warning saying XP had just recovered from a "serious" system error.

Looking in my System Restore list for what took place recently in there so I can decide when to try a System Restore from, I notice a few innocuous things that were added since the date I want to do a System Restore from (innocuous because I can uninstall them before doing the System Restore and then reinstall them afterwards, which I assume is the best way to go -- a Symantec web help assistant and, if I choose to go back farther in time, iTunes).

However, it shows one potentially problematic entry dated yesterday, and I need to restore from at least a few days prior to that.

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Answer:Handling "Software Distribution Service 3.0" before doing a System Restore

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I started to do a full system recovery on my son's Acer Aspire 5750z, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit using the (4) Recovery DVD's we made when we bought it. Everything was working fine through the first three discs. I was called away while the third disc was in use (maybe 10 minutes) and when I got back to the machine, the window was up asking me to remove disc 3 and insert disc 4. I did, and in the 4 hours and 15 minutes since then, nothing has happened. The Acer eRecovery Management (v8.3.2) Window is up. Step 5 "Restore Progres" is highlighted. The elapsed time counter is continuing to run (currently at 5 hours 8 minutes and counting), the "Restoring System" bar is full and shows 100%, and the "Updating System" bar is stuck at 2%, which is where it was when I put in the 4th disc. I am tempted to shut down the laptop and start all over again, but I am afraid that it will mess something up if I do...what should I do at this point?

Answer:Solved: Acer Aspire 5750z "stuck" during system restore (recovery)

Hello & Welcome to Tech Guy Forum.

I started to do a full system recovery on my son's Acer Aspire 5750z, Click to expand...


I am NOT, sadly an expert with the Acer recovery program.

I don't know if stopping & restarting will damage your computer.

Which service pack of W7 HP 64 bit?

Logically, what choices have you; wait for X # of hours, or shut it down?

If you shut it down, boot to the W7 Recovery Environment & try a repair. It might find the files necessary to believe that W7 is currently installed.

Run Diags from Acer, that are probably built into the computer.

Which Acer Aspire 5750z? There seem to be multiple offerings.

There's a user guide here.


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Vista system restore attempt throwing "not enough space" status

I'm unable to boot into the Windows GUI. When I power up the computer, the "Startup Repair" window stating "Your computer was unable to start" appears and attempts to correct the problem. After a few minutes, it reports that it cannot repair the computer automatically and presents me with a "System Recovery Options" window. Since the initial Startup Repair was unsuccessful, I'm choosing not to select that option I thought the "System Restore" option would be the next best approach. When I try to perform the System Restore, I run into the following scenario . . . after I select my restore point and the restoring files activity is complete I recieve and error 0x80070070 and a message citing not enough space. My C: drive has 19Gb free so is the lack of space in a partition and if so how can I change it?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, and I'm more than happy to post additional information as required.


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I just performed a System Restore without disks (as I have done in the past by pressing F10) halfway through the process the computer froze. I hit enter about 40 minutes later and it jumped to a screen that said "Restore successfully completed" i hit enter on the Finish tab for the computer to restart, but it froze again. after about 15 minutes I turned the computer off manually. The computer now says /Windows/system32/winload.exe is missing or corrupt. I can no longer access the restore screen and I was never given recovery discs when I bought the computer from the store. Can I use recovery CD's from another Hewlett Packard computer that runs off of Vista as well? I have the a1730n model and my sister has the a1700n model. Please help!!

Answer:System Restore performed...result "ERROR"

Okay, so I tried using her recovery discks to see if it would work and it did not It said that the disks could not be used with my computer.

What and where should I look for the software that will allow me to at least get to the recovery options again? Please help me!!!

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I have Vista and Windows XP pro running on a 250 gig Hard drive. however, whenever I boot to vista or XP, i lose my system restore settings, and my virus (AVG) amongst other things (out of date spyware etc) is Always out of date. Can I use both XP and Vista as if they were on two seperate "physical drives"?.

Not sure what other problems are caused by Dual boot, but Sytem restore is the bigger problem

Answer:XP/Vista Dual boot and "system restore" etc

I'm not sure about your other issues, but it seems quite a few people have System Restore issues on a dual boot system. An easy fix is to simply disable it. Aside from the fact it rarely seems to work, most malware vendors recommend disabling it completely anyway.

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Computer running extremely slow. Tried to do system restore but getting an error message that says "the creation of a shadow copy has timed out. Try this operation again. (0x81000101) - have tried again several times with no luck, Have read previous threads that say to clear restore points but am afraid that if I do this I will not be able to fix the problem had to begin with as i wont be able to go back to earlier saves. Would like to reinstall windows but the laptop came with it already installed so dont have a hard copy.

Answer:Can't do system restore - error message says "timed out"

Are you running an anti-virus software? If so, disable it before continuing.

Complete the following (taken from here):

Verify if these two services are started and running on your computer. If it’s not started, start the services and check if you can create a system restore point.

a) Volume Shadow Copy service
b) Windows backup

Also ensure that their dependency services are running.
Verify if their dependency services are running.

You can check this information from services.msc. To do this follow the steps below:

a) Go to start and type services.msc in the search field.
b) Locate the two services.
c) Right-Click on the service one at a time.
d) Select properties.
e) Go to Dependencies Tab.
f) Note the dependency services.
g) Make sure they’re also running.
h) To start a service, right click on it and select start.

You should also try booting up your system in Safe Mode and then trying the System Restore.

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I am trying to create my first ever "restore point". Start > Settings > Control Panel > System (icon) > System (window) > System protection (item) > System-Properties (dlg)
System Properties (dialog) > System Protection (tab)

There are two Available drives in the "Protection Settings" panel
(C:) Local Disk (System) ... Protection:= ON
System ... Protection:= OFF
Should "System" be OFF ?

If I only Create "... drives that have system protection turned on..." -- will I be getting what I expect --
a valid restore point ?

In Configure (btn) > System Protection for (C: Local Disk (dlg)
Disk Space Usage is set to "0 bytes" (zero)
Is this a correct setting (and what about #2. System (drive), too) ?

Would the same method/assumptions, apply to both Win7 32/64bit PCs
1. My Laptop -- Toshiba, Win7 32Bit
2. One tower (as per "My System specs") -- Win7 64bit

Answer:Create "Restore Point" -- system protection is OFF ?

I have Configure (btn) > System Protection for (C: Local Disk (dlg)
Disk Space Usage set to 10% of my memory (Ram)

I'm showing only one, not two system protection(s) to turn on.

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I had a hard drive failure and replaced the disk. I was able to clone the disk prior to complete failure and was able to restore the clone to the new disk. All seemed to work great.

I went to system restore and now there is a "(C) (Missing)" entry in the available disks. If i uncheck it, I can't create a restore point for the new disk. For the sake of keeping things clean, I'd like to get rid of this entry but can't find a suitable registry entry to delete.

Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: How To Remove "(C:) (Missing)" From System Restore

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Hiya all!

you are my last hope....i need to restore to an earlier version on my computer as im having problems with Alias Maya Software (whole different issue posted in Multimedia Section - please take a look) but when i go to restore to an earlier point this message comes up....
Changes made to drive(s) J:\ after this point cannot be reversed because the drive was either excluded from System Restore monitoring, or was turned off or removed.

any thoughts guys...please help?

regards Mike.

Answer:System Restore Point "Changes made to drive(s)" HELP!!

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Hope someone can help me with this or point me in the right direction. Much appreciated!

I am doing this on behalf of a friend. She has a 3Ghz AMD with 1Gb RAM, 160Gb HDD, Win XP SP2 installed. The HDD is divided into 3 partitions - OS, Documents and Program. She has a network with her children's computers (4!) but whilst they can ping each other, they are not actually networked to each other.

A week ago, she installed Nero 6.?.? Burning and Cyberlink DVD on to her computer. Both were installed on the Program partition. At that point, all her documents and images were in the "My Documents" folder on the Documents partition and were all visible and working. Within the My Documents folder was a folder called "My Documents 1" which was all the stuff she had brought over from her old HDD but not yet sorted and merged with her current computer.

Three days later, after she had started joining and then cancelling her subscription to an online site, she found the following had happened:

- her "My Documents folder" in the Documents partition had vanished, along with all her word, music and photo files.

- her Webshot photos folder had also vanished.

- A search through Windows did not turn any of these up. I personally scanned the whole computer and found no trace of them.

- All the System Restore checkpoints for the last 5 days (Sunday 2/3 to 6/3) failed to restore the system to what it was prior to the installations. (System Restore Incom... Read more

Answer:Disappearing "My Documents" folder and dud System Restore

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a program with the title: "system restore", has taken over my computer. I mistakenly opened a link in an email to open a spanish website called "salusa sirius", I clicked on a tab named: games to play, then the system restore window appeared and took over. It put two icons on the task bar: a caution triangle and a windows logo in a square box.
details on open window:
buttons: system restore, control panel, scan PC, repair PC, settings
there is a report window containing a lot of computer errors like:
damaged hard drive clusters detected. private data is at risk. re...
hard drive rotational speed decreased by 20%
hard drive rotational speed exceeds system limits and may cause...
hard drive space less than technical limits
RAM memory speed decreased significantly and may cause a sys...
Hard drive does not correspond to system requests
boot sector of the hard drive is damaged

bottom buttons: buy now, continue with limitations

Some of the many error messages say:
failed to save all of the components for the file \\System32\\00000032. the file is corrupted or unreadable. this error may be caused by a PC hardware problem. cancel retry continue.

files indexation process failed.

critical error: hard drive OS could not....

hard drive clusters are damaged...

RAM memory reliability is extremely low...
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Is this likely a malware/virus problem or hassome system program become corrupted?I've tried to fix this for over a month, but I'm stuckand there has been no response to an earlierrequest for help.Mostly the computer seems normal.Problems appeared suddenly after restart:Inability to connect to internet with  Firefox "cannot connect" message  IE 6.0 blank window, mostly no responseOther symptoms of problems include:  System Restore (blank screen)  Restore from Protected start no change  Adaptic Create CD - frozen window  ipconfig - Black window flashes and closes  ping - "Transmit failed" Error code 10091  Computer not identified on home networkDirect CD appears to work so I can backup files to CD.No problems identified with Spybot or AvastScan Disk found file fragments. Dell Dimension 4100 Pentium III with 512 MB RAMWindows Me 4.9.33Com Etherlink 10/100 (3C905C-TX) V.120(Device Manager says "working properly"  reloaded original driver - no change))Thanks for any helpRayM

Answer:Me system - "cannot connect,", IE & restore blank window

In Device Manager, are there any Yellow Question or Exclamation marks?What Windows OS?When did it start?What happens when you open Command Prompt, then type ipconfig and press Enter?

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I would like to know how to restore the computer back to a normal point. Here is the error I got, It makes no sense at all. I also had trouble using the command prompt because It would not accept my commands given to it, such as ipconfig but now its working again. I had changed the environment settings (PATH and something else with PATH in it.) But then I re-installed java and now i guess its working? But I cant restore, I accessed environment under Advanced System Settings. Again, The cmd seems to be working perfectly, but I dont want to try system restore just incase it messes something up.

Answer:"%systemroot%\registration" System Restore Error?

I have just encountered the same problem and have not been able to get any answers either. I am running Win 7 Pro Sp1, x64 on an HP Pavilion.

All I keep seeing is you must do a reinstall. I am not buying this answer, it is a catch all answer. Someone must know of a way to repair this problem.

Another note with mine is that the System Restore disappeared from my System Tools.

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I was trying to perform a system restore on my Sony Vaio, but I got an error during the process. The popup told me to restart my computer and try again. Now, whenever I try to turn on my computer I get this message: "BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Whenever I do that, the same screen comes up. I have no re-install discs, none came with my computer. I am running Windows 7 Home Premium on a Sony Vaio model PCG-71312L.

I read on a Microsoft support forum to try restarting while pressing F8, but the same screen comes up.

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I realized there was a problem when I tried to uninstall some programs and was not able to make a system restore point. I opened system restore and saw that the last restore point was 2 months ago. I tried to make a restore point and I got the message that there was insufficient storage (it was set to 15% of a 465 hard drive with 92 used). I turned off System Restore,turned it on again and the same error when I tried to make a sys. restore point. I could live without it because I have some backup devices but would like to fix this if I could. Any ideas appreciated. (I have the W7 Home Edition, 64 bit).

Answer:System restore not working - "insufficient storage"

Did it give you error code something like this? "(0x8004231F)"

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I have xp home with an ASUS motherboard. I'm having a problem with my system restore after I apply system restore it tells me that "restoration was incomplete". I've tried many diferent dates to go back to but it comes back with the same thing. Please help me.

Answer:Solved: system restore "restoration was incomplete"

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I'm not sure exactly how to fix this issue, some help would be widely appreciated. I used this site to help get rid of the BuyNSave adware, and now this new problem has accidentally risen after getting rid of the extension. It seems like Windows 8 had removed the audio files, mistaking them for a virus, either after an update or after restarting the system to fix my BuyNSave issue. I would appreciate help as soon as possible. I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this so it can be bumped if need be.

Answer:"Audio service is not running" Error, Control Panel Does not Open, System Restore Doesn't Work

Update: After some research, it seems that the solution to my problem would have been to find the quarantined files from the audio and add them back in. However, I had been told to uninstall AVG as it had been giving me issues. So now I don't have the files to restore to my computer. Knowing this, what can I do to help restore these files back to the computer? Please help me as soon as possible, I really need help with this.

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after selecting the restore point, the "next" button to finally initiate system restore does not work. it just stays there.

and i am not using system restore bec. of a virus. i just did something stupid with an application to make it not work.

i am running xp sp2. and can create restore points without problems. i just cannot restore to them. thanks!

Answer:system restore stuck at "next" button

Try it in safe mode, and make sure you have admin privileges on the account you're using.

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I am administrator on my notebook, but when I try to click on 'System Restore Settings" after starting System Restore, I get no response. Nothing happens.

Note: System restore functions normally other than this.

Please help

Answer:no response from "system restore settings"


What happens when you:

Right click the 'My Computer' icon either on your Desktop or Start Menu, then select System Restore then click the Settings button?

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S/Restore system when operated comes up with "Cannot restore your system to an earlier date" Have checked for all spyware and viruses (Nil) Have tried disabling the system and also making new restore dates to no avail. Would kindly request any posssible solutions to the above also any other programme I could install to carry out the same or similiar functions to "Systems Restore

Many Thanks J.Larder"

Answer:Solved: "Systems Restore System"

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DL'd something that is preventing me from doing a "system Restore". Getting a prompt to contact system administrator. I AM the system administrator.

What can I do?


Answer:Something blocking "System Restore" function

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have restored my notebook with a system image via the recovery console on the win7 x64 ult DVD, but forgot to backup some data...
Am now running recovery software, but would prefer if it is possible to undo the system restore and restore my notebook to its state just before I used the systemimage to get back to my clean system...
Is that even possible ?
Or is format recovery software my best bet ?
Krill Ontrack Easy Recovery is running as I type !


Answer:undo "system image restore" ?

If you have restored a system image, all data is overwritten. There is no way to recover it or to put it back as it was. The only way to so is if you have another image from a previous date.

Some recovery software might get some stuff back. I would try this first;

DiskDigger | Undelete and recover photos, documents, music, videos, and more!

Format recovery software is useless because you have not formatted anything, you have overwritten what was there with an image.

Trying to use it will only cause you more problems. If Diskdigger or Recuva does not work;

( But always try Diskdigger first, it runs in memory and does not overwrite data you are trying to recover) then it is unlikely that you can do anything much.

Regards....Mike Connor

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This morning I somehow got the "System Restore" virus. It's the one where it restricts many programs, claims to be Windows System Restore, and tells you that you have a bunch of hard drive "Critical" errors. Anyways, I did what I always do. I rebooted, entered safe mode w/ networking, and used Malwarebytes to get rid of the virus. Problem is though, when I rebooted, and every time I have tried to turn my comp on ever since, my computer stalls when trying to boot by the HDD. It never gets to the Window's load screen. I don't know how I would have an HDD faliure from cleaning a virus, but it's always possible. Any advice?

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When I say everything I really mean everything that people usually recommend.

I tried everything here: Deleting "Unreacheable" System Restore Points ? How-To Geek Forums

I also tried doing:



Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration


System Protection Restore Points - Delete

But deleting that regedit data didn't do a thing. So I simply did a regedit restore. I did a backup before deleting those things in regedit.

I'm really clueless on how to solve this. Can you help me?

Edit: What really would help is tell me where Windows stores all its info on system restore in regedit or elsewhere. As maybe there it has those points listed that I can delete manually.

Also do not tell me to leave it be, as it really bugs me like the OP stated in the topic I linked to.

Answer:Tried everything to get rid of "System Image Restore Points"

Sorry, I didn't check your links, but if you have saved the system images to another hard drive, then these restore points won't take up much space locally. If you still want to remove them you do this from Windows Backup and Restore - Manage space. When you delete a system image backup from there the corresponding restore point entry you refer to will be deleted too. Unless I've misunderstood you.....

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In Windows 7, do you keep the "System Restore" function enabled? And if so, do you ever have to use it for anything (and what)?

I've always disabled the function, feeling that it's a hodgepodge function for people who just need a quick and easy "undo" function for their computers, not being able to troubleshoot themselves. And it takes a hefty chunk of precious SSD space.

So I'm curious if any of you keep it enabled, and if so, how/when/why it's ever relied on.

Answer:Do you use or keep enabled "System Restore"? (Windonws 7)

The ability to easily roll back changes is awful.

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On Dell Inspiron 1525 with Windows 7 , I had a hard drive failure and replaced the disk. I was able to clone the disk prior to complete failure and was able to restore the clone to the new disk. All seemed to work great.

I went to system restore and now there is an extraneous "(C) (Missing)" entry in the available disks. If i uncheck it, I can't create a restore point for the new disk. For the sake of keeping things clean, I'd like to get rid of this entry but can't find a suitable registry entry to delete.

Any ideas?


Answer:Extraneous "C Missing" in System Restore

You might try turning off system restore,restarting the computer,
then setup system restore on the drive you want,and the amount
of space you want to use.
Then restart the computer again and it should have cleared all
previous restore points and settings.
Then create a new restore point.

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From Backup and Restore in Control panel...I get the errors in the jpg attached ? The drive is working and I can add and delete files at random to the D: drive. Currently I'm using regular CD's...not a DVD disk.


Answer:Can't create "System Restore Disk" ?

Could it be you dvd burner having issues? try updating the dvd drives firmware

You could try backing it up on an external drive or network drive.

If that is not an option you could download a pre-made iso of a repair disc

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am in a quandry - need to use system restore but am afraid I'll lose all work and downloads made since last restore point. Is this a fact, or does the data stay put?

Answer:if I system restore do I lose downloads done since "then"??

It depend i have seen restore point restore system file and registry and then some i have to re-intsall program and lost save game.....

Do you have spyware or virus ???

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I have searched everywhere on the internet for hours trying to find a solution to this, but no one seems to know exactly what causes this error when doing a system restore. Here is what it looks like on my computer after I try to do a system restore:

It could be that the "registration" folder is missing from C:\Windows or from C:\Windows\System32.

I wonder if someone might be able to check and see if you have a folder called "Registration" in either of these 2 directories. I have a valid OEM copy of Windows7 that I paid for and registered online about 6 months ago. I have enabled "View all hidden folders and files". Does anyone have any experience with this particular problem? I have the 32-bit version of Windows 7 with SP1.


Answer:System Restore "ComPlusStaging" error

Or, how about if somebody might do a search on "Registration" and see if a folder like this pops up anywhere on Windows 7. I'm wondering if I might have accidently erased this folder.


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In an attempt to resolve a problem with opening an .exe file using "right-click" "open" in Windows Explorer, I have successfully rolled back to a date about a month previous. I used "System Restore" to do this. Now I have a much more lean XP system (fewer 3rd party programs).

My plan was now to progressively add "new" 3rd party programs, keeping a trail of restore points.

Unfortunately, my "system restore" capability is broken - I get a null result from double-clicking on the System Restore icon. As well I get a blank window, when I run from the C:\ prompt the program c:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

Any advice on getting out of this dead-end would be appreciated.

I am working on the principle that I really need my restore points.

Answer:[RESOLVED] XP "system restore" broken

When you run rstrui.exe, do you see it in your processes tab of the task manager?

I had a similar issue, and it just took forever to load a window, even though I didn't get the hourglass pointer.

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ok i have a hp xp system i took the original hd and cloned it to a maxtor 60gig. and the original 40gig i formatted but kept the hp system restore "z" drive. and now my c: "cloned hd" has lost the "z" system restore it had on it. i need to get the "z" drive partition off of my original hd and copy it to my newer c: without losing my exsisting files? is that a lil confusing? i need the partition on c: so i can do a non destructive system restore....

Answer:hp system restore drive "z" lost

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