Forget about system restore for now. It's broken because you have reinstalled
Win Me over itself and never reinstalled the patches. It's too late for
system restore to help you now as any checkpoints you might have are useless.
If you have your Win Me partition visible when running Win 2K this could be
the cause of your problems. Personally I never feel it a good idea to expose
different operating system partitions to each other preferring instead to keep
all system partitions hidden other than the one currently in use.
Your current problem seems to results from having reinstalled Win Me over
itself, perhaps because you didn't first remove Internet Explorer 6. In all
honesty I don't feel that your original problem warranted reinstalling Win Me
but I appreciate different users approach their problems from different
Given what I know about the history of your problem I would try to reinstall
Win Me yet again. If you do choose to reinstall Win Me this can cause
problems especially if you had previously upgraded from IE5.5 to IE6 (See
below) and possibly if you had installed an early (beta) version of Windows
Media Player 9. Any WMP problems can be avoided by renaming
c:\windows\system\wmploc.dll to wmploc.old before reinstalling Win Me. You
will also need to reinstall some critical patches even though the Windows
Update site will not show them as being required due to the original
"IsInstalled" flag remaining set in the registry. The Belarc Advisor
) would help you here in identifying
which patches needed to be reinstalled.
If you have installed IE6 ideally this needs to be uninstalled before
(re-)installing Win Me. If this is the case you might want to have a look at
MS KB 312451 - "How to Remove Internet Explorer 6 by Reinstalling Windows"
?kbid=312451) and also KB 293907 - "How to
Uninstall Internet Explorer 6" ( http://www.yqcomputer.com/
Mike Maltby MS-MVP