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System will not boot. Runtime Error

I attempted to restore my ThinkPad G40 to an earlier period and upon executing the process it is stuck with a Runtime Error message.

Is there any solution to this problem. I do not have the original system disks as this is an older system.

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If no restore point works your looking at a complete re-install of you operating system, if you need the data from the hard drive it has to be connected to another computer as a slave device so you can recover any data you need

good luck

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