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I clicked a button sounding something like that a few years back, if I remember right, the button was labeled "System Restore", and after I clicked, my machine never worked again either :/ and I had to remove the operating system and switch to a different one.
Distribution: Mandriva 2009 X86_64 suse 11.3 X86_64 Centos X86_64 Debian X86_64 Linux MInt 86_64 OS X
In UBUNTU they call it janitor button in mandriva they make a command for it .
Never use that button nor the command .
The purpose of both is to clean up you're system .
Mostly it clean up far too much .
And you end with not working system.
It would be nice if we have in linux something like what we call in OSX Onyx
If you want to recover your data content files, you can use a live-cd such as PCLinuxOS and copy them to some other medium.
Then you can install your linux distribution from scratch. and copy your files back. Repair or re-installation from the installation CD/DVD is a possibility, but a clean installation has a better chance.