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Restoring Your System

If your system stops running correctly or becomes persistently unstable—thanks to an incompatible program, faulty driver, or bad system setting, or for no apparent reason—use System Restore to return your computer’s configuration to its previous, working state without risk to personal documents, email, cookies, and Favorites.

System Restore protects only Windows system files and settings; use Backup (described later in this chapter) to protect your personal data files and documents. Neither can you rely on System Restore to protect you from viruses. By the time you discover the infection, it may have spread to other files that System Restore doesn’t touch, in which case rolling back does you no good. Use an antivirus program instead.


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