This article describes how to perform troubleshooting steps for issues that may occur when you try to use the System Restore tool in Windows XP.
If System Restore does not start, follow these steps:
- Run Windows Update to check for and to install any system updates. Visit the following Microsoft Web site to check for updates:
- If you are prompted, restart the computer.
- After the computer restarts, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click System Restore.
If System Restore did not start, you can use the "Advanced troubleshooting" section to try to resolve your issue. If you are not comfortable with advanced troubleshooting, you might want to ask someone for help or contact support. For information about how to do this, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
This section is intended for advanced computer users. If you are not comfortable with advanced troubleshooting, you might want to ask someone for help or contact support. For information about how to do this, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Method 1: Make sure that the System Restore service is running
this, use one of the following methods:
- Look in Control Panel. To do this, follow these steps:
- Click Start, click Run, and then type compmgmt.msc in the Open box, and then press Enter.
- Expand Services, and then click
System Restore Services..
If the Status of System Restore Service is not Started, click Start on the toolbar to start it.
- Open a Command Prompt window. To do this, follow these
- Click Start, click
Run, type CMD in the Open box, and then press Enter.
- Type Net
Start at the command prompt to make sure that the System Restore
Service is up and is running.
If the System Restore Service is not listed, type net start "System Restore Service", and then press Enter.
Method 2: Make sure that System Restore is enabled on the drives
where you want System Restore enabled
To do this follow these steps:
- Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
- Click the System Restore tab.
- If the System Restore is enabled, the Status column of a drive will show Monitoring.
If not, you can clear to clear the Turn off System Restore on all drives, and then click OK to enable it.
Method 3: Make sure that you have sufficient disk space on all the
drives where System Restore is enabled
To do this, follow these steps:
- To check for free disk space, click Start, click Run, type diskmgmt.msc and then press Enter. Look at each drive System Restore is monitoring for free space.
- If the free space on any partition system restore is monitoring falls lower than 50 MB, System Restore will suspend and remove all restore points to free disk space. You should have already received a low free disk space message by now. System Restore will resume monitoring when free disk space reaches 200 MB.
Note In most cases you do not have to have System Restore monitor Partitions/drives other than the one Windows is installed on. System Restore does not monitor data files.
Method 4: View the event logs to investigate System Restore service
To do this, follow these steps:
- Click Start, click Run, type eventvwr.msc /s in the Open box, and then press Enter.
- Click the System category.
- Click the Source tab to sort by name,
and then look for "sr" or "srservice." Double-click each of these services, and
then evaluate the event description for any indication of the cause of the
Method 5: Boot in safe mode and run the System Restore tool
To boot in safe mode follow these steps:
- Restart the computer. Immediately after the screen goes blank for the first time, or after the BIOS post ends, start taping the F8 key repeatedly. The Windows Advanced Options menu appears.
If the menu does not appear, restart the computer and try again.
- Select Safe Mode, and then press ENTER. As files load they will scroll down the screen.
Note Safe mode uses a minimal set of device drivers and services to start Windows. The default Microsoft VGA driver is used for display at 640 X480 resolution and in 16 colors.
- Log on to the Administrator account. If a password was never set, leave the password blank and press ENTER or click the green arrow.
- Click No in the safe mode information screen to start System Restore.
- Select Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next to proceed to select a date with restore points available.
- Click Next to begin restoring the system to a previous state.
additional information, click the following article numbers to view the
articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How the System Restore utility uses drive letters
How to disable the System Restore Configuration user interface
Information on System Restore and password restoration
Non-administrator user is unable to start System Restore utility
You cannot create a restore point with a HighPoint driver installed
The System Restore utility may be suspended on a system drive even though there is enough
How the System Restore tool handles hard-disk space usage
System Restore "restore points" are missing or deleted
How to start the System Restore tool from a Command Prompt in Windows XP
System Restore tool displays a blank calendar in Windows XP
Article ID: 302796 - Last Review: February 3, 2011 - Revision: 5.3
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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