I have 2pcs running XP on one & ME on the other On both I can,t Restore the system to a restore point, both seem to go through the process then end with a message that says "Restore failed" or similar . Is this just a "thing" with a not too reliable programme? I have turned Restore off and on previously to run anti virus progs from Symantec, does this make a difference?
I don't really understand the question, are you trying to restore the system or a program. If so what is the program, and if you have turned system restore off you will have lost the previous restore points so you may not be able to go back further. I don't run Symantec but is it absolutely necessary to turn system restore off, I don't when I run Avast, I know it can't scan in system restore but if you scan regularly you should be OK.
It may not be necessary to do a full system repair. Put the XP cd in the drive, let it auto run & exit, now go to start/run and type sfc /scannow this will scan for altered or missing files & should hopefully solve your problem ( if it asks for the cd at any time press OK ) I don't know about Windows ME but I think it is the same