System Restore to Undo Changes if Problems Occur
Windows XP Professional makes it easier to resolve
problems if they occur in your system. You can use System
Restore to remove any system changes that were made
since the last time you remember your computer working
correctly. System Restore does not affect your personal
data files (such as Microsoft Word documents, browsing
history, drawings, favorites, or e–mail) so you won’t
lose changes made to these files. Windows XP creates
“restore points” every day, as well as at the time of
significant system events (such as when an application
or driver is installed). You can also create and name
your own restore points at any time. Creating a restore
point can be useful any time you anticipate making changes
to your computer that are risky or might make your computer
unstable. If something goes wrong, you select a restore
point and Windows XP undoes any system changes made
since that time.
you run System Restore, a calendar is displayed to help
you find restore points. If you don't use your computer
every day, some days might not have any restore points.
If you use your computer frequently, you might have
restore points almost every day, and some days might
have several restore points.
create a Restore Point
Access the System Restore Wizard through Help and Support
Center. (Click Start
, and then click Help
. Click Performance and Maintenance
click Using System Restore to undo changes
then click Run the System Restore Wizard
2. Click Create a restore point
, and then
3. In the Restore point description
type a name to identify this restore point. System Restore
automatically adds to this name the date and time that
this Restore Point is created.
finish creating this restore point, click Create.
cancel restore point creation and return to the
Welcome to System Restore screen, click Back.
cancel restore point creation and exit the System
Restore Wizard, click Cancel.
view or to return to this restore point, from the Welcome
to System Restore
screen of the System Restore Wizard
select Restore my computer to an earlier time
Then select the date when the restore point was created
from the calendar in the Select a Restore Point
screen. All of the restore points that were created
on the selected date are listed by name in the list
box to the right of the calendar.
set advanced restore options
Open Backup. (Click Start
, goto to All Programs
point to Accessories
, point to System Tools
and then click Backup
.) The Backup Utility Wizard
starts by default, unless it is disabled.
the Advanced Mode
button in the Backup Utility
the Restore and Manage Media
menu and select
the files to restore.
the Start Restore
the Confirm Restore
dialog box, click Advanced
the advanced restore options you want, and then click
. See the Notes section for a description of