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System restore will not restore

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by peharris, Oct 16, 2008.

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  1. peharris

    peharris Thread Starter

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    Sorry for the long first post.


    Bought this computer used on 10/12/08 . Dell Latitude D820, WinXP SP3. trying to be proactive and not able to determine if I could surf wirelessly I downloaded updates from Windows Update. I was out of town BTW. When I got back to my home desktop computer I which I had a problem with surfing wirelessly anyway. Anyway when I got back I got my problem with my desktop computer fixed by using system restore to restore back before my last Windows update.

    I attempted to do this on the Latitude D820 but it will not restore. I can go into system restore, click on the date I want to restore to (yes it shows as a valid restore point), go through the motions to restore of clicking on "next" to start the restore. At that point the hour glass swivels aroud for a while (20-30 sec or so), then it stops and dispears. Nothing happens. I can click on "next" again and the same thing happens but it does not restore.

    Why is this? And is there some manual way that I can restore the system?

    Thanks, Pat
     
  2. MustBNuts

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    You tried to roll it back with restore - but you've only had the machine four days and by the sound of it, you don't know if the restore point had a usable wireless connection...

    Did you try to connect to a wireless signal? Unless this machine has a built-in wireless option (which you would have to subscribe to, like Sprint) you can surf wirelessly BUT you have to locate a wireless connection and gain access (Starbucks, for instance, offers free connectivity).

    Instead of trying to predict a problem, try to locate a wireless network, connect, and let us know if you have problems.

    MBN

    PS: I've NEVER used restore points so I wonder what happens if the restore point has no changes from the current system setup? Could it be cancelling the restore because there are no changes?
     
  3. peharris

    peharris Thread Starter

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    MBN

    I should have made it more clear; I am wireless at my home. I have been home since Tuesday. Also, I could not connect wirelessly @ my home with my other computer(my desktop) until I restored to the restore points prior my Oct 3 updates. So I can and do surf wireless with the other computer just not this one because I need to restore it to the prior date. The updates that were installed are the problem because they are the same updates that would not allow me to surf wireless with the desktop.

    Pat
     
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