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#1 LennyB

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 04:48 PM

OK, you guys helped me with a Virus problem, maybe you can help with this one also!

When I select System Restore in System Properties, and deselect the option to "Turn Off System Restore on all drives", then select Apply, I get a popup window titled "System Restore", with the message: "System Restore encountered an error trying to enable/disable one or more drives. Please restart your machine and try again."

Restarting doesn't help.

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 05:15 PM

Please go to start and click on Run and type services.msc once the services management console comes up look for a service called System Restore Service, and make sure it is set to Automatic under startup type and that it's status says Started. If it does not, right click it and click properties and use the drop down to select Automatic startup type and click the button that says start. If this doesn't help, let me know and I'll see what we can figure out.
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 05:43 AM

It was not started, and was on Automatic.

When I selected Start, I got a popup error with: "The System Restore Service on local Computer started and then stopped. Some services stop automatically if they have no work to do, for example, the Performance Logs and Alerts service."

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 07:36 AM

Alright, let's try this then, please copy the following text into notepad and save the file as restorefix.bat. When saving it, be sure to use the drop down that says Save as type, and select All files. Once it's saved double click it, it should reenable the system restore service.

@echo off
setlocal
set key=HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore
set disableconfig=DisableConfig
set disablesr=DisableSR

:Enable
swreg add %key% /v %disableconfig% /t REG_DWORD /d 0 > NUL
swreg add %key% /v %disablesr% /t REG_DWORD /d 0 > NUL

:eof
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 11:12 AM

Ran the bat file, nothing changed.
Rebooted, still no change.

When I selected Start, I got the popup error with: "The System Restore Service on local Computer started and then stopped. Some services stop automatically if they have no work to do, for example, the Performance Logs and Alerts service."

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 11:29 AM

OK, time to go a little deeper. Try this one, do the same as the last fix except save it as a .reg file instead of .bat. Reboot when you're done and see if it worked. If not, let me know and I'll continue to help you figure it out.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore]
"DisableConfig"=dword:00000000
"DisableSR"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sr]
"Type"=dword:00000002
"Start"=dword:00000000
"ErrorControl"=dword:00000001
"Tag"=dword:00000004
"ImagePath"=hex(2):53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,44,00,\
52,00,49,00,56,00,45,00,52,00,53,00,5c,00,73,00,72,00,2e,00,73,00,79,00,73,\
00,00,00
"DisplayName"="System Restore Filter Driver"
"Group"="FSFilter System Recovery"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sr\Parameters]
"FirstRun"=dword:00000000
"DontBackup"=dword:00000000
"MachineGuid"="{EAAFAEEC-4AFE-42BE-83D9-C12FDD4942A6}"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sr\Security]
"Security"=hex:01,00,14,80,90,00,00,00,9c,00,00,00,14,00,00,00,30,00,00,00,02,\
00,1c,00,01,00,00,00,02,80,14,00,ff,01,0f,00,01,01,00,00,00,00,00,01,00,00,\
00,00,02,00,60,00,04,00,00,00,00,00,14,00,fd,01,02,00,01,01,00,00,00,00,00,\
05,12,00,00,00,00,00,18,00,ff,01,0f,00,01,02,00,00,00,00,00,05,20,00,00,00,\
20,02,00,00,00,00,14,00,8d,01,02,00,01,01,00,00,00,00,00,05,0b,00,00,00,00,\
00,18,00,fd,01,02,00,01,02,00,00,00,00,00,05,20,00,00,00,23,02,00,00,01,01,\
00,00,00,00,00,05,12,00,00,00,01,01,00,00,00,00,00,05,12,00,00,00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sr\Enum]
"0"="Root\\LEGACY_SR\\0000"
"Count"=dword:00000001
"NextInstance"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\LocalMachine\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore]
"DisableSR"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\LocalMachine\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore]
"DisableConfig"=dword:00000000

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\LocalMachine\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\LocalMachine\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore]
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 12:03 PM

That seemed to work!

When I did a start, Run, services.msc, it was still not started, when I selected Start I got the same error message as before.

Then I tried System Restore from Start-All Programs-Accesories-System Tools-System Restore, I was able to Start it OK! It all seems to be working, I will try creating a Restore Point and later Restoring to it to confirm.

Thanks, you guys are batting a thousand!

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 01:19 PM

OK, I created a Restore Point, and restored it. Seems to be working now.
Thanks Again

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 01:46 PM

Excellent, I'm glad to be of service. Good luck and safe surfing.
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Posted 07 December 2008 - 05:18 PM

Excellent, I'm glad to be of service. Good luck and safe surfing.

I have a similar problem. However, when I try to start the System Restore service I get an error 5: access denied message. I've tried the two fixes that sorted out LennyB's problem, but they haven't worked. Can you help?

Best wishes

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 08:38 PM

Greetings and welcome. I'll do my best to help you out, please download dial-a-fix from here: http://djlizard.net....-v0.60.0.24.zip Please save it to your desktop and unzip it to a folder there. Run Dial-a-fix.exe and click on the Policies button on the bottom. When the window pops up showing restrictive policies, please click on the Remove button on the bottom left. If any restrictive policies were present and fixed, please reboot your computer and try running system restore again. Please let me know if that fixed it.
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Posted 08 December 2008 - 02:54 PM

Thanks exile360 for your time and trouble. I've run the download, which has produced the message @out of 142 detected policies (1704 queries), no restrictive policies were found"; when I unchecked the hide disabled policies box I got a list of six.

The only change I have made to my system is to set up a new log-in account.

Best wishes

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 07:41 PM

Alright, go to start and click on Run, now in the run box type this exactly as written (you can copy and paste it if you like):

rundll32.exe advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %Windir%\Inf\sr.inf

then press enter, this will reinstall system restore. When it finishes please make note of any error messages if there are any and then reboot and try to turn system restore on once more. Please let me know how it goes.
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Posted 09 December 2008 - 03:04 PM

Alright, go to start and click on Run, now in the run box type this exactly as written (you can copy and paste it if you like):

rundll32.exe advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %Windir%\Inf\sr.inf

then press enter, this will reinstall system restore. When it finishes please make note of any error messages if there are any and then reboot and try to turn system restore on once more. Please let me know how it goes.

Thanks again Exile360. I have copied, pasted and run this line. When I did so igot the mesage "The file 'sr.sys' on WINDOWS XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 CD is needed. Type the path where the file is located and then click ok" The automatic system was looking in folder C:\WINDOWS\Inf\i386. This file copy didn't work when I clicked OK with that path. I found the i386 folder in my WINDOWS directory and used that instead. I then got a number of processing messages, each of which wa salong the lines of "Source C:\WINDOWS\i386\sr.sy_ Target C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\sr.sys The target file exists and is newer than the source. Overwrite newer file? I got similar messages with srclient.dl_, srsvc.dl_, srrstr.dl_ and rstrui.ex_. In each case I elected not to overwrite the target because I didn't know what might happen. When I rebooted the system I checked the services monitor and discovered that system restore has now started. However, I cannot access it. When I click on ...system tools\system restore nothing happens.

I got a couple of error messages when I rebooted: "rundll32.exe - this application failed to start because framedyn.dll was not found. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem." and "error loading srclient.dll; the specified module could not be found."

Any further help would be much appreciated.

Best wishes

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 08:42 PM

Yeah, the command I gave you was to reinstall the System Restore service. It sounds like you may have some system files that got corrupted. Please open a command window by going to Start and clicking on Run, type cmd and press enter.
This will bring up a dos window, then please type the following in the dos window:
sfc /scannow
then press enter. Let me know how it goes.
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Posted 10 December 2008 - 05:20 PM

Yeah, the command I gave you was to reinstall the System Restore service. It sounds like you may have some system files that got corrupted. Please open a command window by going to Start and clicking on Run, type cmd and press enter.
This will bring up a dos window, then please type the following in the dos window:
sfc /scannow
then press enter. Let me know how it goes.

I think we have a problem, Exile360!

I ran the scan and got this Windows File Protection message: "Files that are required for windows to run properly must be copied to the DLL cache.

Insert your Windows XP Home Edition CD ROM now"

Sadly, I do not have a WIndows XP Home Edition CD ROM; my machine came pre-installed.

Is there anything else that can be done?

Best wishes

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 08:24 PM

No worries, we're not out of options yet. Look at your C drive and see if there is a folder there called i386, if so then please have a look at this how-to article on getting SFC to look in the right place instead of looking for your cd: http://www.malwareby...?showtopic=4571
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Posted 13 December 2008 - 03:52 PM

No worries, we're not out of options yet. Look at your C drive and see if there is a folder there called i386, if so then please have a look at this how-to article on getting SFC to look in the right place instead of looking for your cd: http://www.malwareby...?showtopic=4571

I've read the article and with its help have succeeded in getting scannow to run OK. But (!), I still get the rundll.exe and srclient error messages after the desktop screen has come up. I think something must have changed either when I ran the dial-a-fix program or after reinstalling system restore (rundll.exe worked ok then) ; any ideas?

Best wishes

tholland

PS The good news is; system restore now works - thanks for that.

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 08:56 PM

Hello again tholland. I'm glad System Restore is working for you again. I believe your other issues may be related to the wbem folder. Please have a look at this article from Microsoft: http://support.micro...om/?kbid=319114 Post back here and let me know how it goes, thanks.
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 02:44 PM

Hello again tholland. I'm glad System Restore is working for you again. I believe your other issues may be related to the wbem folder. Please have a look at this article from Microsoft: http://support.micro...om/?kbid=319114 Post back here and let me know how it goes, thanks.

:) Thanks again, exile360, the rundll.exe error seems to have gone away! I greatly appreciate your patient support.

Best wishes

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