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Chapter 5. Maintaining Your System and T... > Backing Up and Restoring System Conf...

Backing Up and Restoring System Configuration Details

Sooner or later, every Windows user wishes for a time machine—a way to go back to a configuration where Windows worked properly. This fervent desire usually crops up after system crashes or major instabilities caused by installing a new software program, updating a device driver, or hacking the Registry. Windows Me can't take you back in time, but it can roll back your system configuration to a state where it worked properly, magically undoing the changes that caused the problem.

The force behind this welcome capability is a utility called System Restore. This feature, the centerpiece of Microsoft's PC Health program, does two things:


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