Recover Computer Crash Using System Restore

Imagine a very nice evening, you are downloading and installing new game, application or a nice software and suddenly you realize that your computer is not performing as it was just 1 minute before or has crashed. So what is next? Call somebody to fix it. Wait… Here comes System Restore. (Available with Windows Me/XP/Vista and system restore is completely reversible)


What it can do for me

System Restore works like the Undo command in Microsoft Word. System Restore will remove any system changes that were made since the last time you remember your computer working correctly. The beauty of this is that it does not affect your personal data files such as Microsoft Word documents, browsing history, favorites, e–mail or My Documents so you won't lose changes made to these files.


How System Restore works

It does this by monitoring changes to your files and folders and taking a snapshot of your system at regular intervals. If a problem with your system is encountered, you can restore the system to a previous point and roll back your system files and registry to a point when the operating system was working. Let's look at how to configure your System Restore options and how to put the feature to work.


How to undo changes you have made to your computer

Save your work before you start System Restore console. Follow the steps below to start System Restore process

1. Log on to Windows as Administrator.

2. Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories ->System Tools.

3. Click on System Restore and System Restore starts.

4. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next.

5. On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system checkpoint in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next. A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.

6. On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.

7. Log on to the computer as Administrator. The System Restore Restoration Complete page appears.

8. Click OK. Note: If the System Restore fails, then try booting your computer in Safe Mode and try restore again. To boot in Safe Mode, press F8 when computer is restarting.


How to Undo the Restoration

You may inadvertently restore Windows XP to a previous configuration that you do not want. To undo the restoration

1. Log on to Windows as Administrator.

2. Click Start -> All Programs ->Accessories -> System Tools and then click System Restore. System Restore starts.

3. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Undo my last restoration, and then click Next. A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.

4. On the Confirm Restoration Undo page, click Next. System Restore restores the original Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.

5. Log on to the computer as Administrator. The System Restore Undo Complete page appears.

6. Click OK.

More Reading: Maximizing ''System Restore'' In WinME and WinXP

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