How to fix or activate system restore feature of Windows

In this article I am going to discuss about error while accessing system restore and some solution to solve the issues. How to enable system restore in Windows Vista and Windows 7? , how to solve the issue when system restore files are missing or corrupted in Windows 7 and Vista ? or there was an unexpected error in property page while accessing System Restore.

In this article I am going to discuss about error while accessing system restore and some solution to solve the issues. When system restore fails to launch or the system restore component corrupted, we get a message such as the following:
Unable to locate component
This application has failed to start because SRCORE.dll was
not found. Re-installing the application may fix the
problem. System restore does not appear to be functioning correctly on this system catastrophic failure (0x8000ffff).

Why this error appear?

By using this steps you can easily and manually fix up restore problem of your system. Any of the following will contribute this error:
1. You have an application that is interfering with system restore files.
2. When system restore files are missing /corrupted.
3. When the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) has been disabled.(System restore depends on VSS created via shared protection point (SPP), system restore cannot function when VSS is in disabled state).
4. When system is infected by virus.

How to solve this error?

To resolve the error:
1. Try to run system restore from Windows repair or in safe mode. If it fails ,proceed to next step.
2. check the following files for existence

%windir%\system32 directory:
Srrstr.dll, srclient.dll, srcore.dll,rstrui.exe

3. Check that the VSS is not disabled.
4. Check the registry keys

HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\System restore
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\System restore

5. When you find Disable config DWORD set to "1"in these keys, export the keys and delete it.
6. If problem still persist we repair core files from Windows repair by launching it from Windows 7 DVD, then run start-up repair (the start-up might correct the errors) or we can run system restore from Windows repair option.

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