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I have had trouble with System Restore points not restoring for me before, but this is the worst. Online posts about this problem assume that the points aren't really being made, but I have proof that they've been made. Their creation is seen in my ExeWatch logs, and the points are there to be seen in the folder where they are supposed to be. Below right is the last of 5 points in a row that refused to restore.

Computer: DELL Dimension 2400
CPU: Intel Pentium 4-2667 (Northwood, D1)
2666 MHz (20.00x133.3) @ 2658 MHz (20.00x132.9)
Motherboard: DELL 0G1548
Chipset: Intel 845GEV (Brookdale-GEV) + ICH4
Memory: 2048 MBytes @ 166 MHz, 2.5-3-3-7
- 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM - Kingston K
- 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM - Kingston K
Graphics: Intel 82845G/GL/GV Graphics Controller [DELL]
Intel i845G(L) Integrated, 64 MB
Drive: WL120GPA872, 117.2 GB, E-IDE (ATA-7)
Drive: WDC WD2500JB-57GVC0, 244.2 GB, E-IDE (ATA-6)
Drive: HGST HTS545050A7E380, 488.4 GB, Serial ATA 3Gb/s <-> USB
Drive: SAMSUNG CD-R/RW SW-252S, CD-R Writer
Sound: Intel 82801DB(M) ICH4(-M) - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-1]
Sound: Creative Technology SB Live! Series Audio Processor
Network: RealTek Semiconductor RTL8139 PCI Fast Ethernet NIC [A/B/C]
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Build 2600
Antivirus: Avast Internet Security 18.3.2333
Firewall: Avast Internet Security 18.3.2333
Ad Blocker: Universal Ad Blocker
Default Browser: Maxthon
Secondary Browsers: SeaMonkey 2.4.94, Firefox, SlimJet

Please no heckling--I'm not an XP fanboy. I can't upgrade on this computer, and there are a lot of things on my plate to deal with before setting up a new system.


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Disable Avast Internet Security and try again.

Avast can be heavy on weak devices, and has had previous conflicts with System Restore. You might be better off with Immunet and Sandboxie for your 14 year old PC.

If you cannot upgrade, look at a older model Chromebook, it might be cheaper than a 1 year subscription of Antivirus software.
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