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13. Crash Recovery > 13.1. Creating a Restore Point

Creating a Restore Point

System Restore automatically creates restore points for you (see the box on Some Good Things to Know About System Restore for more on when System Restore kicks in), but sometimes you want to decide when to take these snapshots. For example, to protect yourself when installing a new program, you may want to create a restore point before slapping a fresh application on our hard drive.

To manually create a restore point, choose Control Panel Performance and Maintenance System Restore. Then, choose Create a Restore Point (Figure 13-1), and in the next screen, name the restore point (for example, “Before installing camera”). Windows XP automatically records and displays the restore point’s time and date so you don’t need to include that information in your title. Finally, click Create and your system goes to work; after several seconds, a message appears telling you that XP has created the restore point. Click Close to exit the utility.


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