How come my computer will not restore to a previous date?

by on May 17, 2009

Q: My husband’s computer is behaving badly. I cleaned the disk and defragged. Have tried 3 times to restore to past dates but it never completes. Why?


3 Responses to “How come my computer will not restore to a previous date?”
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    In my experience, System Restore has consistently been an unreliable tool. I feel that it is better for one to regularly update his/her important files, and then reinstall Windows whenever critical and unfixable malfunctions occur.

    Nevertheless, try running the free maintenance programs which are located at the http://www.ccleaner.com/ and http://www.defraggler.com/ websites. Running both tools in CCleaner will clean out junk files and repair your computer’s Windows Registry. Defraggler, in my opinion, is better at defragging than the built-in Windows defragmenter. After running these, you may either try using the computer as normal and/or attempt to restore your computer to a previous state using Microsoft’s System Restore program — the above maintenance programs may help System restore to function correctly.

    Does any of that help?

     
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    Hi Robert…Thank you so much! At your suggestion, I gave up restoring this particular computer to a past date. I cleaned the inside of the computer and downloaded Firefox to overcome the problem of receiving the “Send a message about the error” message that appeared EVERY time my husband exited the internet. The report completes but never had a suggestion for improvement. I installed and used the program ccleaner that you recommended. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll try the defragger you mentioned. I like to do things in steps so I can measure what worked and what didn’t.

    You reply was very clear. Thank you!

     
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    Hi camillecg,

    Firefox is a great internet browser; I use it every day and Internet Explorer only once per week at most. Nevertheless, after you run Defraggler, Internet Explorer my run normally again. I look forward to learning the outcome. Until then…