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Restoring "system restore"  entry

By JBMAC ยท 14 replies
Aug 24, 2008
  1. Under win XP Pro, I used to be able to set restore points manually by
    clicking Start, Accessories, System Tools, Restore my Computer - but now find this last entry has disappeared. I can still locate system restore by using "search" and make a restore point, but would prefer the old procedure as before. Any suggestions please?
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    How come it disappeared? Try settings / Taskbar and start menu, customise the menu, advanced, find the system tools folder under all users (normally) and add this shortcut


    starts in %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%

    Or you might prefer to just plonk a shortcut on the desktop....
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,853   +901

    the normal access is via the Start Menu -> Help and Support -> Sys Admin -> Backup Files & Folders
  4. JBMAC

    JBMAC Topic Starter

    Thanks gbhall and jobeard -
    "How come it disappeared? " - wish I knew. One day it was
    clearly in the menue, last night gone. I did, in fact, "dump" a shortcut on the
    desktop, but will try again to replace the normal access.
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    The shortcut belongs here:
    "%allusersprofile%\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\System Tools"

    Just copy that line to Start-->Run-->
  6. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Right click on the file C:\Windows\System32\Restore\rstrui.exe and Create a Shorcut then right click that Shortcut and Rename it to System Restore then right click it and 'cut' it.

    Then click Start, All Programs, Accessories, right click on System Tools, click open, click paste.
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Wrong spot!
    System restore does not belong in the current userprofile
    Check for yourself
  8. JBMAC

    JBMAC Topic Starter

    Restoring Restore

    Kimsland - tried your suggestion
    by copying and pasting the details, only to find the surprising message:-

    Windows cannot find *'C\Documents'

    Weird, or what. But I can, it seems, access system restore from the shortcut I dumped onto the desktop.
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Might need inverted commas:

    "%allusersprofile%\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\System Tools"
  10. JBMAC

    JBMAC Topic Starter

    Thanks Kimsland; did so, and that made System Tools available, so
    I had a brainwave and dragged and dropped my desktop dumped shortcut, and
    checked, Start, all Progs, Accessories, System tools - and there was the shortcut.
    I think this will do me nicely!
  11. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Is that exactly what it said - should have been C:\ (did you just miss the colon)
    Otherwise, as Kimsland says, any path whatever, anywhere, that contains a space, MUST be surrounded with either double-quote (") or single quote (')
  12. JBMAC

    JBMAC Topic Starter

    Aah, sorry. I probably did miss out the colon. Always was an
    impetuous youth, I'm told! System restore now shoing up in my shortcuts
    so thanks for assistance to all.
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    That's not exactly correct

    Windows will sometimes allow the space in the command (actually often) but Dos (that's real Dos) definately requires the quotes, or sometimes even tidal ~

    There are too many examples to give of this, in Windows. I started to Google a simple one like Start->run->control desk.cpl
    But it's not a good example

    Anyway you get the point
  14. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Ho, ho, Sorry, I'm laughing because of the image that hit me with. Yes, Windows does often throw a tidal WAVE at you when you should have used a tilde....:)
  15. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Doh! I mean tilde
    Not a tidal wave
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