For additional information about how to use the System Restore Utility, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Troubleshooting error messagesIf you receive an error message that is related to System Restore, note the error message. System Restore error messages describe the issue and may also give you suggestions about how to resolve the issue. Use the information in the error message to troubleshoot the issue if you can.
For additional information about troubleshooting specific error messages in System Restore, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Allocate more disk space for the data storeSystem Restore uses at least 200 megabytes (MB) of free disk space for the data store. Restore points and system checkpoint files are stored in the _Restore folder (data store). The _Restore folder is located on the drive where Windows Millennium Edition is installed.
- By default, if you do not have sufficient free disk space when Windows is installed, System Restore is turned off. You must turn on System Restore after you free up sufficient disk space.
- If you run out of disk space, System Restore is turned off. When you free up sufficient disk space, System Restore automatically turns on. However, all earlier restore points are lost.
- Right-click My Computer on your desktop, and then click Properties.
- Click the Performance tab, and then click File System.
- Under System Restore disk space use, move the slider to the right to increase the disk space that is used for System Restore, and then click OK.
- Restart the computer.
Reset the data storeIn some cases, you may want to reset the data store. For example, you may want to reset the data store if you cannot restore your computer by using a restore point, or if you cannot successfully create a restore point.
You may want to reset the data store if you suspect that an earlier restore point is corrupted. Restore points build on earlier restore points. If a restore point from an earlier date is corrupted, all subsequent restore points that are created from that date forward are also corrupted. Therefore, you may not be able to restore your computer by using a restore point.
When you reset the data store, the contents of the _Restore folder are deleted, and all the previous restore points and log files are removed. To reset the data store, turn off System Restore, restart your computer, and then turn on System Restore.
Important When you reset the data store, any previous restore points that were present are no longer available. You can only restore your system by using new restore points that you create after System Restore is turned on again.
For additional information about how to turn on and turn off System Restore, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Additional troubleshooting referencesFor additional information about how to troubleshoot specific System Restore issues, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Article ID: 306768 - Last Review: May 7, 2007 - Revision: 1