Originally Posted by h00ligan
the xp system restore is junk, it may fix the problem you are having right now for a day or 2, but it will cause 3 more. I woulnd't waste my time with it.
The system restore puts the laptop back to the way it was when everything worked. All sorts of problems could have arisen from bad installs or just a file going bad, or any number of other things happening over time.
All this can be undone and fixed by a system restore.
I know alot of people that have been helped by doing a system restore and none that have gotten these 3 additional problems you're refering to.
XP isn't like previous operating systems (Windows ME, etc) that gradually seemed to go bad over time for some people. With XP something has to happen. You have to install a bad program or (rarely) a file will have a problem that Windows-File-Protection fails to catch.
In my opinoin with Windows ME (or 95, 98, etc) you had to either be lucky or good (technical) to avoid problems. With Windows XP this is reversed; now you have to by very unlucky or bad (make a mistake) to have problems. And XP has a very useful built in tool to help undo things if you or a naughty program messes something up. Your complaint reminds me of someone saying... Oh I don't use the brake. I used it once and sure the car stopped had the car problems with things rattling around inside it for days afterwards. Possibly getting a few minor nuasance problems when you are trying to stop blue screens is letting trival stand in the way of a fix.