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System restore not functioning

A while back, I had turned my system restore OFF while doing some virus scanning etc, now I cannot get system restore to turn back on. It suggests I turn the computer off then back on, but it does not correct the problem. ANy suggestions

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    Sibananda Jena May 11, 2010

    Start the System Control Panel applet.
    Select the System Restore tab.
    Clear the "Turn off System Restore on all drives" check box to enable System
    Restore, or select this check box to disable System Restore. Click OK.
    Also here:
    To delete older restore points, but leave the system restore
    turned on: Right Click the Drive in question/Properties/Disk Cleanup/More
    Options/System Restore/Cleanup.

    You can also click the Settings button to set a maximum amount of space that you
    want each drive to use for restore information. If the drive you select isn't
    the system drive, you can also disable System Restore on a per-drive basis. The
    maximum amount of space that you can use for restore information is 12 percent
    per drive.



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Restore your system to some early date, the available restore point, it will set the setting at that particular point.

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2) The folder where system restore data is saved is System Volume Information, this folder is no accessible by Antivirus for scanning as they are blocked by the O/s. When you disable the System Restore, you can help your Antivirus to scan on those folders also, where virus can be hidden.

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