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Chapter 21. How to Deal with a Finicky P... > Turning Back Time with System Restor...

Turning Back Time with System Restore

Perhaps the best course of action when your system acts up—especially after you've performed an upgrade—is to use Microsoft's System Restore utility. This is a relatively new utility, first introduced in Windows Me, that can automatically restore your system to the state it was in before your problems cropped up.

Prior to Windows Me, it wasn't uncommon to run into problems that required you to reinstall your entire operating system. (That's a worst-case scenario of course; when nothing else works, you reinstall the whole shebang!) With System Restore, however, reinstallations are a thing of the past because it can automatically restore your system to a prior working state without reinstalling the entire operating system.


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