Folder Option & System Restore RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have two big Problem With Windows XP SP2.

    I Can't Access Folder Option & System Restore.

    When System Restore Run, This Message alarms : System Restore Has Been Turned Off By Group Policy. To Turn On System Restore , Contact Your Domain Administrator.

    I contact my Domain Administrator But Doesn't Turned On System Restore.

    Are There Any Body that Help Me For Solve Two Problems?

    Monday, January 21, 2008 12:26 PM

All replies

  • The System Restore function in Windows XP seems to be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it's pulled me back from the brink of more than a few disasters, including one fateful day when I somehow managed to trash my entire hardware tree and install the wrong HAL for my machine. On the other hand, it sometimes gets in the way of some other low-level functions -- virus scanning, for instance -- and if it gets damaged, it can be hard to work around.

    The most common symptoms of a damaged System Restore installation in Windows are fairly obvious: You can't create System Restore points anymore, and you can't roll back to them either. Most users don't know this -- and many experts don't either.

    It is possible, however, to reinstall System Restore and get it running again if the mechanisms for performing System Restore become damaged or unregistered. The one drawback to doing this is that all existing System Restore points will be deleted. But if you need to get System Restore working, this may be a relatively small price to pay.

    1. Enable hidden and system files in Explorer if you haven't done so already. To do this, open Control Panel | Folder Options | View, and in Advanced Settings under Hidden Files and Folders, select "Show hidden files and folders," Below that, uncheck "Hide protected operating system files." (You will probably want to restore this option later.)
    2. From Start | Run, type %SystemRoot%\inf and press Enter.
    3. Find the file named sr.inf. Right click on it and select Install.
    4. You may be prompted for your Windows installation media, or a directory on your hard drive that has the \i386 folder. If you installed Service Pack 2 (as opposed to installing a version of Windows XP with SP2 preinstalled), use the folder %SystemRoot%\ServicePackFiles\i386 .

    If you have a virus or malware infection and System Restore still seems to be working properly (i.e., you can create restore points), do not attempt to reinstall System Restore until after you have dealt with the other problems at hand. As I mentioned, reinstalling SR will delete all your existing restore points, and those restore points may be the only way to get back what's been damaged if it comes to that.

    Wednesday, January 23, 2008 8:06 AM
  • Finally, after following your procedure, I created System Restore Point on my Windows XP Professional version. It was taking total about 10 minutes to finish this procedure, but to find your message not so easy between many incorrect proposals. Thanks a lot for a help.


    I wish big success for your in future.



    Friday, March 14, 2008 6:08 AM
  • I have problem with folder option that when i make on the hidden folder, it is not working , canyou inform me any solution for that, My op. system is win xp sp3.

    Thursday, December 18, 2008 1:17 PM