1. You can't. There is only so much space for restore points (15% of the
drive volume is the default). Each time a new point is created, older points
are removed to make space for it. Once gone, they cannot be regained.
2. Regedit is the tool for editing the registry. There is no "repair" method
for restoring standard features outside of removing/reinstalling them.
Programs can add/modify anywhere from a few to thousands of registry
entries, there's no easy way to fix it from this direction.
From what you've posted, my guess is that you are getting interference from
something that has been installed on the system. This could be third-party
security suite software (Symantec software in particular cause a number of
similar issues), malware, p2p, distributed comp, or any other number of
things. Best thing I could suggest for you is to start examining the startup
axis and begin selective removal of unneeded routines.
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
"eganders" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> 1. I just found that I only have restore points back to the first week
> of August, but my computer was received in late June and I have been
> installing things right along. There is a checkbox that says to check
> it to get restore points older than 5 days, but that only displays a
> few more restore points.
> How do I get it to save restore points older than a few weeks.
> 2. Is there a way to edit the registry or have it "repaired" for
> standard Microsoft features that does not require reverting to an
> older version and losing EVERYTHING you have done as far as installs?
> Several things do not work as they should and the solution is always
> to go back to a restore point where they did. Three problems with
> that. 1. I don't have a restore point where it worked (see above). 2.
> I have installed a lot of things that i don't want to reinstall just
> to get a minor thing working again. (I would have to do that,
> correct?) 3. I did not know that a feature was not working until just
> now. For example, I just found that the Windows Management
> Instrumentation (WMI) is not working in the windows sharing area. It
> recommends....you guessed it..... to revert back a restore point where
> it did work. I have no idea when that was (probably upon receipt of
> the computer). I am NOT going to go back there to get functionality of
> something I have not used yet with the loss of the functionality of
> everything I have installed. There are other irritating things that
> are also not working properly. For example, the Security Center
> service cannot be started. It does not appear to keep the security
> components from working, but I can't "turn it on". I assume that there
> is a corruption of something in the registery. It would sure be nice
> if there was a Microsoft utility that check standard Microsoft
> registry entries for integrity and fixed those.