I'll be interested in seeing how this turns out, but after viewing the Q307545 article, IMHO, I don't think this is the solution to the problem. Q307545 describes how to use the Recovery Console to replace a corrupted Registry if the system becomes unbootable, but doesn't refer to how the system files are to be restored to an earlier date, which is also a part of the function of the System Restore utility.
According to MS, each System Restore point contains a system state with a snapshot of the Registry, which includes user account information and application, hardware, and software settings, <i>and</i> certain dynamic system files.
Considering that System Restore only stores current changes made from one restore point to another each time a new restore point is created, this means that once the System Volume Information database is corrupted, all restore points made that pre-date the corruption (when the database was still intact) also become inaccessible.
As far as I am aware, there is no definitive method to retrieve the previously intact information without a true backup of some kind, whether it's just the restore files on a disk, a full Windows backup, or an image of the partition (which would be my preference, as the image could be mounted with a drive letter, and the System Volume folder retrieved.)
I suspect that returning the computer to <i>any</i> previous "date", per say, might require doing a <A HREF="http://www.fujitsu-siemens.co.uk/rl/servicesupport/tech..." target="_new">repair install</A>, and then updating drivers or other system files that have been replaced as a result of the repair itself. It's not precisely what the user wanted, but it may be as close as he is going to get.
In certain situations, using System Restore can be a handy way to replace a corrupted Registry, but I'm not convinced that replacing the Registry will be enough to repair the corrupted restore points and make them accessible, which is more in the way of what matrixripoff was hoping could be done. Or so it seems to me. However, I'll be perfectly content to be wrong, if my logic has somehow failed me.
that article works.. I have done it tons O times... If the RPs are not there and corrupt .. then it will not work hence the rps are damaged.. but if some chance they are good.. it will work.. it will not fix corrupt rps..
And like said.. if a lot of the rps are damaged.. then more then likey they all are.. that article is just a manual way to use system restore.. becuase thats all system restore does is replace the restore points as far as i know..
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