When I go to "Start" / System Restore, dialog box appears " System Restore is no longer protecting your computer. Restart and try again." I have done that several and restarted, with always the same result. How can I enable SR again?
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That was the only thing i have in my notes about the SR service and that error and I did recreate it one more time here to be sure my notes made sense. I have that same error for other Services and it is usually a missing file, so usually easy to fix
Do you know if SR has worked properly since Avast has been installed?
Since your SR Service is broken, and if that is the only problem you know about, you could:
1. Export the SR Service section of your registry and send it here for analysis
2. I can export the SR Service part of my registry and send it to you for installation on your system. I have instructions for that (the SR Service is not very exciting to look at)
3. You can totally reinstall System Restore (you don't have to reinstall XP - just the SR part)
a. I have instructions for that and you do not need an XP installation CD
b. If you reinstall SR, you will lose all your current Restore Points
c. If SR doesn't work anyway, who cares about number b
Even though Avast is pretty good, I wish you would do this while you are thinking about it:
Download, install, update and do at least one full scan with these free malware detection programs: