Task 10: Restoring Your System



Click the Start button, select All Programs, choose Accessories, click System Tools, and select System Restore.


The System Restore window opens. Click the Restore my computer to an earlier time radio button, and then click Next.


If you add new programs or hardware, you might find that your system does not work properly. To help, Windows XP includes System Restore, which you can use to go back to a previous setup that did work.


Restore Points

Instead of relying on you to create backups, System Restore monitors changes to your system and creates restore points each day by default. There are several types of restore points, many of which are created automatically.


Canceling Restore

You can cancel the restore by clicking Cancel in any of the windows. Also, you can go back a step and make a change by clicking Back.



Some dates in the calendar appear in bold; these are days on which System Restore generated a restore point. Click the most recent bold date on which your computer worked properly.


Click a restore point in the list on the right side of the screen, and then click the Next button.


You see a confirmation of the restore point as well as a list of changes that will be undone. Click Next. Windows restores and restarts your system.


Displaying a Different Month

Click the arrows on either side of calendar to display a different month.


Saving Your Work

Save your work and close any open programs before restoring your system.


Creating a Restore Point

You might create a restore point before installing a major application or fiddling with your Registry. To do so, click Create a restore point in the System Restore window, and then click Next. Type a descriptive name for the restore point, and then click the Create button.