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What is the Microsoft® Windows® XP System Restore utility and how do I use it?Overview
1.When to Use System Restore2.Details on Microsoft® Windows® XP System Restore3.Which Files System Restore Recovers in Microsoft® Windows® XP4.What Is Not Restored With the Microsoft® Windows® XP Operating System5.Configure the System Restore Utility6.Create A Restore Point Manually in Microsoft® Windows® XP7.Restore the Computer To A Prior Restore Point in Microsoft® Windows® XP 8.Learn More About System Restore in Microsoft® Windows® XP
When to Use System Restore
The System Restore feature included with the Microsoft® Windows® XP Home and Professional Editionsenables you to restore your PC to a previous state without losing personal data files.
Youmust be logging into the system as an Administrator or have administrative privileges touse this feature.
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Details onMicrosoft® Windows® XP System Restore
The default setting of System Restore creates a new checkpoint (a snapshot of the current system configuration)daily. SystemRestore also creates new checkpoints when newsoftware (including applications and drivers) isinstalled. By default, System Restore will use up to 12% of available hard drive space to store checkpoints. Itwill start deleting older checkpoints when it hits that maximum space limit.System Restore is a tool that allows you to roll the system back or restore it to a previous state in order tocorrect issues caused by the system becoming unstable. This utility should be used whenever you suspect thatthe system is improperly configured. Configuration problems can occur as the result of installing incompatiblesoftware or hardware or making faulty configuration changes.
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Which Files System Restore Recovers in Microsoft Windows XP
A restore process restores all of the following:RegistryProfiles (local only-roaming user profiles are not impacted by a system restore)COM+ DatabaseWFP.dll cacheWMI DatabaseIIS MetabaseGeneral critical system and application files, such as .exe and .dll filesDriversAuto/Windows update installed bitsNtbackup recoveries (on monitored files)Any file downloaded from the Internet and stored in a location other than My Documents
 
NOTE:
For information and a complete list of the monitored file extensions, navigate to the followinglink: www.msdn.microsoft.com
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What Is Not Restored With the Microsoft® Windows® XP Operating System
NOTE:
System Restore cannot be used to reinstall a full program by restoring to a point in time beforean application was uninstalled to put it back on the system. The installer removes all theapplication files including non-monitored file types. If restoring to a point before an uninstall,System Restore will only be able to undo the removal of monitored file types (such as .exe and.dll) but not help files, (.tmp, .jpeg, .bmp) and many other file types.The list below contains examples of what is not restored by a System Restore:Any file types not monitored by System Restore like personal data files. For example, files withextensions .doc, .jpg, and .txtPasswords in the SAM hive (user passwords are not restored)WPA settings (Windows authentication information is not restored)Specific directories are excluded for example, "My Documents." Anything contained in this folder,regardless of file extension, will not be altered.User-created data stored in the user profileChanges made within another OS environment but on the same disk (in alternate partition-dual boot)Windows or Auto Update files stored in Windows Update download directory that have not yet beeninstalled
NOTE:Dell Technical Support Boundaries and Alternative Support Solutions
The remainder of this article covers topics and/or procedures that are not covered byDell'sLimited Warrantyor supported by Dell's Technical Support staff.These guidelines are provided as a courtesy to you; Dell technical support neither guarantees norassists customers in completing these steps.If you need help with the remainder of this article, or if you need help with your hardware,software, or peripherals as a result of actions taken because of this article, you can visit theDell Community Forum. The Community Forum provides a free, virtual location for customersto discuss problems, pose questions, and offer solutions to a myriad of issues.Also, you can call theDell HelpDeskanytime if you need help. For a fee, HelpDesktechnicians are trained to answer "how to" questions on many third-party software applicationsand popular electronic products, as well as offer assistance to help clean up your computer andteach you how to protect against virus and spyware attacks.To learn more about Community Forums, visit theDell Community Forumswebsite.To learn more about HelpDesk, visit theDell HelpDeskwebsite.To learn more about Dell's limited warranties, visit theDell Warrantywebsite.
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Configure the System Restore Utility
 
To configure the System Restore utility, perform the following steps:1. Click the
Start
button, right-click
My Computer
, and then left-click
Properties
.The
System Properties
window appears.2. Click the
System Restore
tab.3. There are two parameters for System Restore that can be configured here:The amount of disk space System Restore usesWhether or not System Restore is enabled on this system4. To change the amount of disk space System Restore uses, adjust the
Disk Space to use
slider until thedesired percentage of disk space is reached.
NOTE:
To disable System Restore, click to select
Turn Off System Restore
. If you do this, you willnot be able to use this system utility to restore your system to a previous state if your systembecomes unstable.
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Create A Restore Point Manually in Microsoft® Windows® XP
To create a restore point manually, perform the following steps:1. Click the
Start
button and then click
Help and Support
.The
Help and Support
window appears.2. Click the
Undo changes to your computer with System Restore
option under the
Pick a task
section.
Figure 1 - Pick A Task Window
The
Welcome to System Restore
window appears.3. Click the
Create a restore point
option and then click the
Next
button.
Figure 2 - Welcome to System Restore Window Options
4. In the text box labeled
Restore point description
, type a name for this restore point.
Figure 3 - Restore Point Description FieldNOTE:
Use a name that reflects the reason the Restore Point is being created, such as "Editing theRegistry," "Beginning Troubleshooting," or "Testing the System".5. Click the
Create
button.The system begins to back up files to the hard drive. This may take a few minutes to complete.6. Click the
Close
button to exit from the System Restore program
after
you are notified that the new restorepoint has been created.
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Restore the Computer to a Prior Restore Point in Microsoft® Windows® XP
To restore Windows® XP to an earlier restore point, perform the following steps:1. Click the
Start
button and then click
Help and Support
.The
Help and Support
window appears.2. Click the
Undo changes to your computer with System Restore
option under the
Pick a task
section.
Figure 1 - Pick a Task Window

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