Article ID: 274092
When you attempt to run System Restore, you may receive the following error message:
System Restore cannot run until you restart the computer. Please restart the computer, and then run System Restore again.
This behavior can occur if a Wininit.ini file is present in the Windows directory.
To resolve this issue, restart the computer. If the error still occurs, search the hard drive for the presence of the Wininit.ini file, and then rename it. To do so, follow these steps:
The presence of a Wininit.ini file indicates that there has been an incomplete installation or removal of an application or system update, and system file changes are pending.
For additional information about the Wininit.ini file, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/214643/EN-US/ )Error Message: The Installation/Removal of a Previous Program Was Not Completed
Article ID: 274092 - Last Review: June 19, 2014 - Revision: 3.0
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