How To Restore Windows XP
System Restore in Windows XP is a feature some people may still not know about that will show you how to restore Windows XP. This is a tool that allows you to have your computer restore system files to how they were in the past. You can try this if your computer has become infected with a virus, or some change to the computer has been made that is causing problems. It is important to know that it is only effective for removing some viruses. System Restore is not designed to change user documents, so it will not be effective if you have deleted a file that you want back, unless this is a system file.
Follow these steps to use System Restore in Windows XP:
What you will need:
- A computer running Windows XP with System Restore enabled
- Open the Control Panel under the Start menu on your computer.
- Click "Performance and Maintenance".
- Click "System Restore". If System Restore is not turned on, a dialog box will tell you and give the option to turn it on.
- Once you open the System Restore Wizard, you will have the option to Restore the computer to an earlier time or create a restore point. To restore Windows, use "Restore my computer to an earlier time". Click the "Next" button at the bottom of the page.
- You will be given a calendar which allows you to view the times when a system restore point has been made. These are the different times that you can have the computer attempt to restore to.
- If you know the time you want to restore the computer to, find it by clicking the date on the calendar and then finding it in the list of restore points to the right.
- Click the "Next" button. There will be a message warning you about the System Restore process settings that have been selected.
- Once you are sure these are the correct settings, click the "Next" button. The program will begin. Your computer will be restarted and you will be notified about the results after logging in again.