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Part 12. Maintaining Your System > Task 10: Restoring Your System

Task 10: Restoring Your System

Click the Start button, select All Programs, choose Accessories, click System Tools, and select System Restore.

The System Restore window opens. Click the Restore my computer to an earlier time radio button, and then click Next.

INTRODUCTION

If you add new programs or hardware, you might find that your system does not work properly. To help, Windows XP includes System Restore, which you can use to go back to a previous setup that did work.


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Restore Points

Instead of relying on you to create backups, System Restore monitors changes to your system and creates restore points each day by default. There are several types of restore points, many of which are created automatically.


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Canceling Restore

You can cancel the restore by clicking Cancel in any of the windows. Also, you can go back a step and make a change by clicking Back.


Some dates in the calendar appear in bold; these are days on which System Restore generated a restore point. Click the most recent bold date on which your computer worked properly.

Click a restore point in the list on the right side of the screen, and then click the Next button.

You see a confirmation of the restore point as well as a list of changes that will be undone. Click Next. Windows restores and restarts your system.


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