A call for help to all Win 7 wizards,
The Futuremark benchmark 3DMark Vantage includes two installations. After the install, I found that Futuremark's registration hurdles were not worth my effort. Instead of a simple uninstall I ran System Restore and picked the restore point created by the 3DMark Vantage installation [Restore Point 1]. Upon restart the System Restore message box stated, "System Restore did not complete successfully... system files and settings were not changed. System Restore could not access a file... probably because an anti-virus app is running... disable and retry... unspecified error... (0x80070005) try again and choose a different restore point..."Next I uninstalled the two Futuremark installations without error. Then I tried SR using the same restore point getting the same error message. Then I tried SR using a convenient restore point from three days prior [Restore Point 2] but also got the same error message.
I do not use an anti-virus program.
Next I disabled Windows Defender and UAC, and restarted in safe mode. I tried SR using Restore Point 1 but I still get the same error message.
It may be that System Restore was never run before today (2010-04-11) on this mid-December 2009 installation of 32-bit Win 7 HP Upgrade. I will think on it. I have used SR by necessity several times in XP on this same desktop [ASUS M2N32 SLI Deluxe] and once on my wife's Vista laptop.
My system and data partitions are backed up. But I really do not want to re-install the operating system. Win 7 HP Upgrade is an annoying installation. Hopefully Microsoft has advanced past the tiresome fix all "re-install Windows" mantra.
Please can anyone show me the procedures to allow System Restore to change the registry and files?