To create a restore point:
Go to 'start/all programs/accessories/system tools/system restore.'Click 'create a restore point.'Give your restore point a name and click 'ok.'That's all. To restore your system to its previous condition, fire up system restoreagain and select 'restore my system to an earlier time.' You will be presented with acalendar view of all current restore points. Windows creates them automatically bydefault under certain conditions such as program installs. Choose the one youcreated, click 'next' and follow the instructions.Now, as for the amount of drive space that System Restore eats up, we have atweak for that next!
Preparing your system: Tips 4 - 5
4. Saving your hard drive space from the system restore utility
By default, Windows XP's system restore utility uses a mammoth 12% of each harddrive in your system. That's a lot of wasted space. By reducing this number, youreduce the amount of restore points system restore can create, but this does notadversely affect the functionality of the program. System restore will delete olderrestore points to make room for newer ones.
To decrease the amount of space system restore uses:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'properties' then the 'system restore' tab.
The window below contains each of the hard disks installed on your system. Highlighteach one in turn and press the 'settings' key.
Move the slider to adjust the amount of drive space used. I would recommend nomore than 2-4% of each drive.
5. Tweak insurance part 3: Restoring BIOS defaults