Thursday, August 12, 2010

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Troubleshooting Windows System Restore

I've found System Restore to be stable and reliable. However, as with most programs, you might occasionally experience problems with System Restore. Should you need to disable it, you can do so. But first, try troubleshooting:
  • Read any error messages and address any issues that the messages identify.
  • Check your hard disks for free space. You must have at least 200MB of free space on each disk on which you've enabled System Restore. You can use the Disk Cleanup utility to reclaim space. If necessary, you can also use this utility to delete all but the most recent restore point.
  • Confirm that the System Restore service is running.
  • Try to run the utility in Safe mode. 
  • Check the System log for any errors that relate to sr or srservice.
If these steps don't help, run srdiag.exe to troubleshoot further. Srdiag creates a .cab file, which it places in the \%windir%\system32\restore folder by default. You can double-click the file or right-click it and choose Extract. You can then examine the 14 extracted files to troubleshoot your problem.

System Restore's scope, ease of use, and reliability are impressive. It's a useful utility that power users, technical support staff, and administrators should familiarize themselves with. System Restore has the potential to significantly reduce administrator work and user downtime.

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