System restore not working under XP Pro

May 27, 2009 at 15:38:01
Specs: Windows XP Pro, Athlon 1.4GHz 512 RAM
I tried to get a system restore point created
after entering a name for the file and clicking
next. It would just sit there and would not
move on to the next step. So, I decided to see
if I could restore to an earlier time. When I
selected a date and clicked next, the following
error window popped up: Changes made to
drive(s) E: after this point cannot be reversed
because the drive was either excluded from
System Restore monitoring, or was turned off
or removed.

Drive E is a cd-rom drive. I couldn't select it if I
wanted to. I don't understand why that
message would keep popping up. Anyways,
When I selected "OK" It would not continue. I
ended up turning off system restore, restarting
the computer, re-enabling system restore, and
then try to create a new restore point when I
got the following error message:

System Restore is not able to create a restore
point. Please restart the computer, and then
run System Restore again.

Rebooting the computer does nothing. I just
simply get the same error message again.

The following programs are running:

Spybot S&D
Spyware Terminator
ZoneAlarm firewall and security suite.

I have a 500GB drive with 350GB free and I am
running 4GB ram. Please help.

Jacksonville, FL

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May 27, 2009 at 15:43:02
Is the CD drive a SATA type?

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May 27, 2009 at 15:58:00
Nope. My hard drive on the other hand is SATA.

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May 27, 2009 at 18:52:36
Anybody have any ideas? This happened to me once before
about 3 months ago but I seemed to have fixed it by accident.
All I know is that it was working fine until a month ago. I know
because that was when it's last restore point was created. I
hadn't installed anything during that time that I know of.

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May 27, 2009 at 19:46:13
There might be a problem with a system file. Would doing a repair installation help?

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May 27, 2009 at 19:50:27
"Anybody have any ideas?"

Sure. Disable both system restore & indexing service & leave them that way. Your system will run much better without them.

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