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Chapter 16. Troubleshooting and Recoveri... > Recovering Using System Restore

Recovering Using System Restore

The Last Known Good Configuration option is most useful when your computer won’t start and you suspect that a hardware change is causing the problem. You might think that you can also use the last known good configuration if Windows Vista starts but is unstable, and you suspect a hardware change is causing the glitch. Unfortunately, that won’t work because when you start Windows Vista successfully in Normal mode, the hardware change is added to the last known good configuration. To revert the system to a previous configuration when you can start Windows Vista successfully, you need to use the System Restore feature.

I showed you how to use System Restore to set restore points in Chapter 15 (refer to the “Setting System Restore Points” section). Remember, too, that Windows Vista creates automatic restore points each day and when you perform certain actions (such as installing an uncertified device driver). To revert your system to a restore point, follow these steps:


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