Jump to content

Change Mode

Bad System Restore?


Recommended Posts

Credit to Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP


Once System Restore goes bad, the only thing you can do is stop it and

restart it. Start/run services.msc, locate the SR service and doubleclick

it. Click the stop button, then set the startup type dropdown to disabled.

Click apply/ok, then reboot.


Then, check the "System Volume Information folder" on each drive (you may

need to set folder options/view tab to see hidden and system folders for

this) and delete any contents. Reverse the steps to restart it.


If this does not help, follow these steps to reinstall System Restore:


Go to the Control Panel/Folder Options/View tab, set it to "Show hidden

files and folders" and "Show the contents of system folders", then uncheck

"Hide protected operating system files [recommended]". Also uncheck "Hide

extensions for known file types".


Then, open Windows Explorer from Start/All Programs and go to the

C:\Windows\Inf folder. Locate the sr.inf file, right-click it and choose



You may need to either insert your WinXP CD or know where your I386 folder

is located on the hard drive. You may also need to know where the

\ServicePackFiles folder is (usually under the Windows directory)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Create New...