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Using System Restore

The System Restore system tool enables you to restore your computer system to a previous state. Perhaps you are installing a new program or a piece of hardware such as a second hard disk. If the installation goes smoothly, you won't need to revert to the original system state. If, however, a problem occurs, the Windows XP's System Restore feature enables you to return to the exact state of the computer before you performed the installation. Even better, you can undo and redo the restore process so that you can go back and forth between previous system states until you locate the one that works best or that enables you to determine the cause of any problems you might be having.

The System Restore program keeps track of all system changes you make as the result of adding hardware or software or when you change settings. When you want to restore a particular computer state, you have three ways to do so:


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