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One quick possibility. Go to the services icon in administrative tools and check that system restore is set to automatic. If it's disabled or on manual reset it to automatic. Once you get your machine make a restore point and lebel it 'after cleanup' or something like that. Any time you install or remove something, even upgrade a driver or run checkdisk, make a system restore point. It can save you major headaches.
 

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If their suggestions dont help try reinstalling this file:

Find your Windows\Inf folder. (show hidden files and folders)

Locate and select the file "sr.inf". Right-click it and then click Install.
 

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It was set to automatic already and it son't start. I also trie the "sr.inf" file in the precious thread and it had some problems.
 

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My bad, I should have read the link you provided :1angel:

Question? .....How much space do you have left on your hard drive? Maybe you dont have enough hard drive space to run System restore :4-dontkno


Did you try this yet?

Restart your computer in Safe or DOS Mode.
Click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders.
In the Named box, type wininit.ini.
In the Look in box, click Local hard drives, and then click Find Now.
Right-click the Wininit.ini file, click Rename, type wininit.xxx, and then click OK.
Close the Find Files window, and then run System Restore again.
If the previous steps do not resolve the problem, run the following command to repair the damaged portions of your registry:
scanreg /fix
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=274092

Might not be a bad idea to Run the System File Checker

Go to the Run box on the Start Menu and type in:

sfc /scannow ( sfc if not reconized)

This command will immediately initiate the Windows File Protection service to scan all protected files and verify their integrity, replacing any files with which it finds a problem. You will need your Windows cd.
 

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"If the previous steps do not resolve the problem, run the following command to repair the damaged portions of your registry:
scanreg /fix
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=274092

Might not be a bad idea to Run the System File Checker"

No clue how to do either of those. The first one didn't work, and I ran the Windows File Protection and it still doesn't work (do I have to restart? It didn't say).
 

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got this fix from microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support

1. In My Computer, click the Tools menu -> Folder Options.
2. On the View tab, make sure to check the option "Hide extensions for
known file types".
3. Click OK.
4. Click the Start menu -> Run. Type "%windir%\inf" (Without quotation
marks) in the Open field. Click OK.
5. Locate and select the file "sr.inf". Right-click it and then click
Install.

worked great system restore is back on if anybody else has the same problem try it
thats for the help
 

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Try a Repair install:

Set the computer to boot from cd first in the BIOS
Place the xp cd in cdrom and reboot
Boot from the xp cd and choose install
Ignore the first repair option and continue with install
When windows finds the previous installation and offers to repair
then do the repair
If you have xp sp2 installed it needs to be incorporated into your xp disk or it will not offer the repair option only the clean install


How to perform a Repair Installation of Windows XP
 

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By the way, when I try to create a system restore point it says it can't and to restart my computer. I tried restarting and it won't do it. I'm fine with this becuase I don't create any points anyways. But how often does windows automatically do it? Is there any way to change how often it saves one?
 

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Ahhh so apparently it didnt resolve the issue. How much space is left on the hard drive, I think I asked this before but you decline d to answer.
 

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Would you mind sharing that info with us, it may benefit someone else down the road :sayyes:
 

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Problem fixed. I realized when XP was starting that the loading bar was green. This obviously meant SP2 wasn't on here. I installed it and it works perfectly now.
Thanks!
 
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