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Windows XP System Restore Guide
System Restore is a feature of Windows XP that allows you to restore your computer to a previous known working state in the event of a problem. This is done without loss of personal files or data such as word processing documents, spreadsheets, music, images, etc. This feature is enabled by default and runs in the background making backups after certain events happen on your computer. System restore functions are only available to an administrator of the computer, therefore if you are not an administrator, you will not be able to follow this tutorial.
How do I restore Windows XP back to an earlier copy?
When restoring the computer to an earlier date, the Windows XP system restore option will not erase any of your data. However, if any programs were installed since that date, it is possible that the program settings may be lost.
How to Handle Disaster Recovery with Windows Xp's System Restore
There are some consequences to using this program, however they are not that bad considering the program ultimately saves you from disaster. The main consequence is that any piece of software you installed since the snapshot was taken will have to be reinstalled in order to operate correctly. Next, and settings (such as your wallpaper, Favorites, etc) that you have changed since the snapshot was taken will be lost. Any personal files such as music, pictures, and office documents will still be on the system, and thankfully not lost.
How to start the System Restore tool at a command prompt in Windows XP
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On boot up, hit the Pause button. Press the Space bar to move off Pause.