I have just discovered I can't turn System Restore off by clicking the 'settings' box. Alarmed, I tried the 'restore to an earlier date' function, but that won't work either. Has my system been overtaken by a 'nasty' and if so, how can I restore my restore function please??
Thank you Diodorus Siculus, Chugby and Nuts. I didn't realise I had to have the XP disc inserted. I have now reinstalled XP, first from the computer itself and then from the XP CD. However, neither method has solved this problem, nor the fact that the 'search' function won't work, and nor can I get into the registry using 'regedit'.
This leaves only the option of clearing out the XP platform and reinstalling from the CD, hopefully leaving the content and files intact. Does anyone know how to cleanse the system before reinstalling please? I read how to do it some time ago on this forum but can't find the procedure.