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Windows 7: Windows XP Restore

21 Dec 2013   #1

windows 7, 64 bit
 
 
Windows XP Restore

I have a Windows XP computer that will not restore. It seems to go through all the motions but then restarts and displays the "could not restore" message. This happens regardless of which restore date/point I use.
Thanks, Dick
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22 Dec 2013   #2

Windows 8.1 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dick A View Post
I have a Windows XP computer that will not restore. It seems to go through all the motions but then restarts and displays the "could not restore" message. This happens regardless of which restore date/point I use.
Thanks, Dick

Hello, have you created a restore point before this problem happened?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2013   #3

windows 7, 64 bit
 
 

No, not intentionally. The restore window shows where restore points have been made and I just pick one of those.
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22 Dec 2013   #4

Windows 8.1 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dick A View Post
No, not intentionally. The restore window shows where restore points have been made and I just pick one of those.
I believe the reason your computer isn't restoring is because you have to actually create your own restore point.I am just wondering why you want to restore your computer, do you have some kind of virus that you can't get rid of?, if that's the case you don't need to create a restore point.
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22 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rawad View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dick A View Post
No, not intentionally. The restore window shows where restore points have been made and I just pick one of those.
I believe the reason your computer isn't restoring is because you have to actually create your own restore point.I am just wondering why you want to restore your computer, do you have some kind of virus that you can't get rid of?, if that's the case you don't need to create a restore point.
Windows automatically creates restore points. I would still recommend you create one if you are going to be messing with things that might break your system. Are you using any kind of system "optimizers"? If so, uninstall those. If you have one, try restoring your computer using a system image. Is System Restore giving you an error code?
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22 Dec 2013   #6

Windows 8.1 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rawad View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dick A View Post
No, not intentionally. The restore window shows where restore points have been made and I just pick one of those.
I believe the reason your computer isn't restoring is because you have to actually create your own restore point.I am just wondering why you want to restore your computer, do you have some kind of virus that you can't get rid of?, if that's the case you don't need to create a restore point.
Windows automatically creates restore points. I would still recommend you create one if you are going to be messing with things that might break your system. Are you using any kind of system "optimizers"? If so, uninstall those. If you have one, try restoring your computer using a system image. Is System Restore giving you an error code?
It's very important to create a restore point, I always create a restore point when I am messing with my system so if I ever mess up , I can always go back to my restore point.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Dec 2013   #7

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Are you by chance running Norton AV? I had this problem in the past & after a lot of investigating found out that you have to turn off Norton's Product Tamper Protection under Admin settings before attempting to do a system restore.

Or you might have a program with a similar feature & needs to be disabled before restoring the system.

Also, have you run any virus scans on your system? If so, which products did you use?
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23 Dec 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rawad View Post
It's very important to create a restore point, I always create a restore point when I am messing with my system so if I ever mess up , I can always go back to my restore point.
This would be of no help if there is now a problem, it would be carried over in the created restore point.
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23 Dec 2013   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dick A View Post
I have a Windows XP computer that will not restore. It seems to go through all the motions but then restarts and displays the "could not restore" message. This happens regardless of which restore date/point I use.
Thanks, Dick
Can you post the EXACT error message please.

What happens if you try to boot normally?
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