Is this a Gateway computer by chance?
Here is the issue and workaround (from a previous post):
There is an issue with the way Vista was imaged on some new Gateway
computers. We are working with Gateway to identify which models are
affected. If you are having this issue on a new Gateway, please respond here
with your model number.
The fix is below:
Launch SystemPropertiesProtection.exe (search for Run on the Start menu to
launch this program). Deselect the "C: Missing" checkbox and select "Local
Disk C:" to enable System Restore.
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"Willcam" <Willcam@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> When I click on system restore it says: "There was an unexpected error:
> filename, directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect.
> System Restore will now close.
> What do I do?