True manual system restore

Microsoft Microsoft windows xp pro full...
March 19, 2010 at 10:29:47
Specs: Windows XP
Scenario: Cannot boot up normally. Used ACLS to give Administrator rights to System Information folder. Change was successful, but when tried to access folder, access denied. Ran SFC and it ran successfully. Manual restoration of registry using UBCD4WIN made no difference. Boot into safe mode and run system restore. "system restore is unable to protect this computer". Check system restore tab and it is (and has been) enabled and drive is protected. Same message when system restore run from safe mode with command prompt. Cleaned a bunch of malware using malwarebytes and spybot - no change in any of above behaviors. Do not want to disable sys restore as that will delete all checkpoints. Does anyone know a way to truly manually do a system restore when the system restore utility WILL NOT run and a registry restore alone does not solve the problem???

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March 19, 2010 at 12:26:30
Boot from a system disk and run the restores other wise you will need to format, reinstall Windows then do the restore.

As for the security issues, are you talking about Domain AD ACLs or local ACLs. If domain have you tried logging in as local admin instead of domain admin. Then you can use gpedit.msc to reset all of the security options.

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March 23, 2010 at 13:38:53
Thanks for the response. I am talking a local host not a domain host. I am not sure I follow what you are saying about the system disk .If this is an HP e.g. they have no system disk only a recovery disk. And if they did have a system disk, the goal is to not put them back at square 1 but be able to restore to a saved chkpoint.

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