One of the most helpful utility that Windows XP incorporates is the System Restore utility. This utility enables you to roll your system back or restore it to a previous state when your system becomes unstable due to improper system configurations and incompatible software and hardware device drivers.
How It Works
By default, system restore is turned on a computer running Windows XP. System Restore monitors a set of system and application configurations for changes and each time you modify a setting or perform any of the following, system restore automatically takes a snapshot of the changes and creates a restore point.
Nevertheless, you can also manually create a restore point and set system restore to create restore points at various intervals. When your computer becomes unstable after erroneous changes to a Windows or application setting, you can restore your computer to a specific restore point to undo whatever changes that has resulted in the instability.
To restore your computer to a specific restore point, follow these steps:
To create a restore point, follow these steps:
In certain situations whereby you're only allowed to boot into Windows via Safe Mode, restoring your computer to a restore point can resolve the problem. This is provided that the issue is caused by erroneous changes to your system and application settings. System Restore also uses a portion of your hard disk to collectively store the various restore points as your computer is used over time. This process is performed automatically in the background without any management or intervention required by the user. Therefore, you might notice that some disk space is reserved and taken away for use to contain the restore points archive. You can however disable System Restore to reclaim the disk space back.
To do this, follow these steps:
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