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Chapter 17. Securing Your PC > Using System Restore

Using System Restore

If you add new programs or hardware, you might find that your system does not work properly. Trying to troubleshoot a problem such as this can be difficult. To help, Windows XP includes System Restore. If needed, you can go back to any point in time before any of these restore points were set. For instance, suppose that you added a digital camera, and now your computer is not working properly. You can go “back in time” to before you installed the digital camera to get your computer back in working order. Using System Restore enables you to preserve recent work, such as saved documents, email messages, history lists, or favorites lists. You can then step through the installation again to see if you can pinpoint and fix the problem.

Understanding Restore Points

System Restore monitors changes to your system and creates restore points each day by default. There are several types of restore points:


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