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The restore utility on my computer won't work.

Is there a simple way to get the restore function on my computer to work. I have tried all the restore points and none work.
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craylordCommented:
this is my new favorite repair utility. I've used Knoppix for data/system recovery like you, but it has trouble with NTFS. Use the bartpe program below to create a bootable cd. If you have access to a Windows XP pc, can install the program on that pc and have access to a burner on that pc. It will create a bootable iso image that will let you access a NTFS formatted drive (2000/xp). When creating the image it has the option to burn straight to a cd, if desired. Install bartpe and run bartpe. Select build, wait while it builds the iso, and then burn it to a cd. Stick the cd in the crashed pc and boot. Pay attention, you will have to press a key to boot into it or select the cd rom as the boot device. If you get into the bartpe environment, follow the instructions in the links or try what's below.

After booting into bartpe, use the go button on the lower left and run the plugin/program a43. This is the program to access your c: drive. From here you can move files super easy. Bartpe ignores permissions and will allow you to copy your files off the hard drive via a network connection. It also lets you move system files like the SAM, SECURITY, DEFAULT, SYSTEM, and SOFTWARE (very critical) files with ease if you know where good ones are. You will most likely want the latter.

You want to browse to the c:\system volume information\_restore{somecrazylongnumber}\ Find the rp folder with the highest number or second highest. The highest means the latest or time it worked last. You can view them by date and select one from when the laptop was last working.  Within these rp folders there is a snapshot folder with multiple files. The following five are what you're looking for. (You will have to rename them when they are copied to the c:\windows\system32\config folder.)

_REGISTRY_MACHINE_SAM   will be renamed as SAM in the config folder
_REGISTRY_MACHINE_SECURITY will be renamed as SECURITY in the config folder
_REGISTRY_MACHINE_SOFTWARE will be renamed as SOFTWARE in the config folder
_REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM will be renamed as SYSTEM in the config folder
_REGISTRY_USER_.DEFAULT will be renamed as Default in the config folder
Copy them to the c:\windows\system32\config folder.
Rename them as DEFAULT, SECURITY, SOFTWARE, SYSTEM, and SAM (rename these files before copying over them, like default.bad security.bad, etc.) Reboot. If you still cant login, at the very least, you can boot back into bartpe and copy your data off the hard drive through the network or slave it to another system.

You can find Bart's Windows PE disk here -
www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/ 
A full set off instructions for Barts PE disk on this site -
http://www.tek-tips.com/faqs.cfm?fid=5362 

Also if you load the files from c:\windows\repair it is basically a fresh install. These files are created when the OS is first installed. You would have to go through the work of reinstalling all programs or going into the rp folder i described above and then back into the system recovery console again
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nobusCommented:
you can delete this key : and reboot

>HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore
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nobusCommented:
This will re enable Sytem Restore, butit will not restore the restore points if they were gone
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mtmarchioniAuthor Commented:
Hi Expert,

Please explain how I can delete the key and reboot. Do I use ">Hkey_local_machine.......... on the command line? Where do I do the ">HKey_Local.....


Thank you
Maria


Dear Craylord,

I appreciate you detailed answer, but I really don't understand how to do it. Is there something more simple?

Best,
Maria
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nobusCommented:
Ok, in the Run box, type regedit followed by Enter; then scroll to the key.
If you are unfamiliar with working with regedit, i recommend you saving the registry first :
under file, click export, and save it to a name of your choice; that way, if you do something wrong, you restore it with the import function
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mtmarchioniAuthor Commented:
Hi Expert,

I followed the path from the Hkey_local_machine, but under the folder WindowsNT there is only the folder Terminal Services.

Maria
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nobusCommented:
then that is ok;
maybe this can help you further : enabling system restore

http://www.theeldergeek.com/re-enable_system_restore.htm                         Re-enabling SR
http://www.theeldergeek.com/system_restore_not_functioning.htm                 SR not functioning
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/plan/faqsrwxp.mspx
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309663                                                       SR partially empty
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_restore.htm
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mtmarchioniAuthor Commented:
Do you know how to get:
Start the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)

I used the gpedit.msc command on the run line but it didn't work
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mtmarchioniAuthor Commented:
Dear Nobus I tried the second link and it worked. It deleted the history of the restores but it got the restore fuction working. Thank you!
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nobusCommented:
Well, it works on mine; you pushed the Enter key after it?

gpedit.msc

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nobusCommented:
Ok, glad you're on the track again !
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mtmarchioniAuthor Commented:
Really strange! Because from the run command I get the message (I am using an Italian computer so translated) it says can't fine the file gpedit.msc. Could this mean something seriously wrong with the computers register? Thanks again
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mtmarchioniAuthor Commented:
I just tried the command on another computer and it works, so I really guess something is wrong. I will put this question up for answer. Thank you!
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nobusCommented:
you can run sfc /scannow from the run box to check the integrity o f the system files.
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mtmarchioniAuthor Commented:
Thank you!! I just found out that gpedit.msc is not in XP home. All set!
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nobusCommented:
Great !
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