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Installers freeze when creating system restore point maintenance

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Old 10-30-2008

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Installers freeze when creating system restore point
I have an Acer Aspire 5920 laptop running Vista Home Premium and I'm having
problems installing any new software (even things as simple as WinZip); the
installations always freeze near the end and never complete. I posted this
question in another forum, and someone suggested a problem with System
Restore, since the installers generally try to create a restore point. I
turned on logging and sure enough, I see this as the last line in the log:

MSI (s) (4C:18) [21:56:53:241]: Calling SRSetRestorePoint API.
dwRestorePtType: 0, dwEventType: 102, llSequenceNumber: 0, szDescription:
"Installed iTunes".

and nothing more. I've let it run overnight, but it never completes.

I took a look at the properties for "System Protection" in Control Panel,
and sure enough, it appears to be hosed. The "System Restore..." and
"Create..." buttons are greyed out, and under Available Disks, it just says
"Searching...". If I let it run for at least an hour, eventually it finishes
searching, but then claims that for the C: drive, there are no restore points.

Worse, after the searching completes, and the various buttons on the dialog
ungrey themselves, I tried hitting the "System Restore..." button, hoping to
see some additional options, but nothing happens when I do that. Do it again,
and I
get "The System Restore Wizard is already running. The program will now exit."

It seems that somehow, I need to reset, reconfigure, or (horrors!) reinstall
at least the System Restore portion of the OS, or worse, the entire OS. Can
anybody provide any direction? I shudder at the thought of a complete

BTW, the system otherwise works fine. There is scads of free disk space
(over 100 GB on C and performance is fine.

(One other point: Acer includes its own system recovery software, called
e-recovery. I've used it to backup the restore partition, apps & drivers,
etc, so at least that much works fine. I do wonder, however, if somehow this
is conflicting with the built-in restore functionality in Windows...)
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Old 11-18-2008

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RE: Installers freeze when creating system restore point
I have the same problem.
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Old 11-19-2008

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RE: Installers freeze when creating system restore point
In case you are curious: I gave up solving the problem and re-installed Vista
from scratch. This appears to have cured it; I have been able to install
everything I needed to since then, and the system restore dialog looks to be
working properly now.

My theory is that the problem was caused by Laplink's PCMover software,
which I used to move all my software and data from my old XP machine to
Vista. I did contact Laplink and they said they had heard of the problem
before, but never had enough information to solve it. I gave them all the
details, but they weren't able to provide a solution, unfortunately.
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Old 11-21-2008

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RE: Installers freeze when creating system restore point
Thanks. That helps. PC Mover was used on this system, too. I'll work on it
from that angle.
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