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How to restore computer to a back date

Restore feature of Windows provides a point of safety net against catastrophic failure of the system regularly save the computer status. You can store, known as "restore points" that the damage in the event of a severe infection of malware, drivers, system file corruption or hardware. Once called to re-establish this point, the computer returns to a previous state, but not without some affected programs. Access to the system restore feature is a simple process.


1. Click "Start" and type "System Restore" in the search box.


2. Click the "System Restore" to lead.


3. Enter your admin password to be asked.


4. Click the "Recommended restore", click next.


5. Review the list of programs and files that will be affected, and click "Finish".

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i cant turn on my laptop, it says that an error occure while attempting to read boot configuration data, what should i do?i dont have back-ups


If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, Insert your installation DVD and select Start-up Repair from the options. If Windows completes a check of the startup problems and is unable to fix the problem - follow the procedures located at this support link http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392 or go to "Suggestion 1" - If Start-up repair fixes the issue, HOORAY! you should be able to boot up without a problem when you restart the system. Performing a system restore usually will not help repair or reverse a corrupted boot sector.
CANT FIND YOUR WINDOWS INSTALLATION DVD???? Don't sweat it... if you or anyone you know have a legitimate copy of Windows Vista or Windows 7 running on one of their systems - you can make a repair disk on their system and use it on your own. The menu for how to do this is located in Control Panel under Back Up and Restore --- Create a System Repair Disk.
Suggestion 1 - Download a Live CD or Live USB Version of Knoppix or GParted . download the latest version of Gparted here: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php and full documentation here: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/documentation.php These are Linux Operating Systems which install into memory and boot from your CDROM drive or USB thumb drive completely bypassing your native operating system and hard disk drive. Each of these operating systems uses a familiar interface and install with a complete set of features to enable internet access, diagnostics & troubleshooting tools, media creation and burning tools, back-up and drive image tools, in addition to disk utilities, usb utilities, system profilers, file viewers etc.
Why is this useful? If you have critical data on your laptop you do not want to lose, these operating systems will not only provide you diagnostic and repair tools, but allow you to retrieve your critical and important information from your Windows installation and save it to another USB drive or DVD/CDROM Disk . . . or even a cloud storage location. Because the error you are reporting indicates an possible issue with your computers boot sector which is preventing it from starting up, this could be due to damage or major failure of your hard driver
Use GParted's Disk Diagnostic Smart tools to detect HDD failures. You can use the partition editor to repair or reformat the boot sector once you have backed up and saved to a new location any data you wished to preserve. You can also use GParted as a temporary Operating System even if your hard drive is dead or missing. You just set your laptop system settings (BIOS) to boot from the DVD/CDROM if bootable media is present. You can use a USB flash drive to save settings, download and install additional packages such as Open Office or save system and error reports. Remember GParted loads completely into your systems memory and uses very little resources. This means one it loads up, your CD/DVD ROM drive is free to use for saving files or installing other programs. If it will be awhile before you can get a new Hard Drive for your laptop, GParted will allow you to continue to use your laptop and all of its features to stay productive until you can have a new Hard Disk installed.
Suggestion 2 There are several other boot sector rescue tools out there which can diagnose and fix the boot sector issue if it is not due to catastrophic disk failure. My personal favorite is ACRONIS DISK DIRECTOR SUITE and you can download a trial version from their web site http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/diskdirector/. You will need to create their bootable rescue CD on a working computer, then use it to boot your Toshiba just like mentioned above for GParted or the Windows Installation Disk. Acronis will allow you to restore or repair partitions and boot sectors. Another handy feature is the Acronis OS selector which allows you to have multiple Operating Systems on your Computer and a menu to choose which one you wish to boot into at each start-up. I recommend Acronis Disk Director, their products are comprehensive at any experience level, well supported, reasonably priced and highly useful.
ACTIVE BOOT DISK provides a decent solution as well http://www.ntfs.com/boot-disk.htm. Again, you will need to create their Bootable System Rescue CD on a working computer to use on your Toshiba. Follow the instructions provided by Active Boot Disk for your particular error or issue.
Other Free Boot Sector Repair Softwares:
EASUS FIX BOOT for Win XP http://www.ptdd.com/fixboot.htm
Or if you have Win 7 & Vista use FREE DATA RECOVERY WIZARD http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm )
If all else fails, there should be a way to restore your system using built in recover tools on a separate partition set-up by Toshiba. Consult their web site or your laptop user manual for instructions.
HOPE THIS HELPS FIXYA! If resuming a state of personal computing Zen was made possible by one of the options of suggestions I offered here, won't you please show some love and rate the solution or even supply us with a testimonial? We love knowing when our geek-speak makes someone elses life a little bit easier:-)
- Colt Baldwin, FixYa Guru

Oct 29, 2010 | Toshiba Satellite Pro L300-EZ1005X...

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BCCCode 18 BCP2: fffffa80056befc0 Catastrophic Failure: 0x8000ffff


uninstall all SQL components from the list of Programs installed

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Catastrophic failure (0x8000ffff)
Cause
Any of the following could contribute to this issue:

An application is interfering with System Restore.
One or more of the core System Restore files are missing and/or corrupted.
The Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) has been disabled. System Restore depends on VSS volume snapshots being created via Shared Protection Points (SPP). System Restore cannot function if snapshot creation via SPP breaks or is disabled or if VSS is disabled.
Resolution
To resolve such issues, use these steps:

Try to use System Restore from WinRE, Safe Mode, or Windows Vista in a clean boot state. If that fails, proceed with the next steps.
Check for the following files in the %windir%\system32 directory:
Srrstr.dll
Srclient.dll
Srcore.dll
Rstrui.exe
Follow the "Restoring Core Files" section later in this document. You might want to follow the instructions in that section to reregister Srcore.dll. Keep in mind that you are not able reregister Srrstr.dll, Srclient.dll, and Rstrui.exe as doing so produces an error message.
Check that Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is not disabled.
Check for either of the following registry keys:
HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore
If you find a DisableConfig DWORD set to 1 in either of these keys, export the key and delete it.
Try System Restore again.

Oct 04, 2009 | Gateway Computers & Internet

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want to reset the factory settings


If the issue started happened after installing/uninstalling some driver/software, Then you can use the System Restore option offered by the Windows operating system. This will help you restore your computer's system files to an earlier point in time. It's a way to undo system changes to your computer without affecting your personal files, such as e‑mail, documents, or photos.

System Restore uses a feature called System Protection to regularly create and save restore points on your computer. These restore points contain information about registry settings and other system information that Windows uses.

Feb 01, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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help


Windows already comes with some features that could help you out. First, Window's System Restore feature creates restore points that attempt to enable the user to restore the computer to the same state it was when the point was created. It doesn't replace all files and programs, but it tries to restore all settings that it can.

If you want to restore just your system files from the CD you can do that as well. This will leave all programs and personal files intact, but restore the Operating System to the state it was when first installed.

Lastly, if you would like to reformat the entire computer and install Windows fresh you can do that as well. You will need a copy of a CD of a previous Windows installation, however, since you have the Upgrade version. During installation it will just ask you to pop it in to verify that you have an older version and then just proceed with a regular install.

Please comment back as to which option you would like and I can go into more detail.

May 14, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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