Restore points are used to return your computer to a state in which it previously was. If your computer goes wrong and settings inadvertently change, you can use a restore point to go back to a previous state when your computer was working properly. In this guide, you will learn how to create a restore point in Windows XP and you will also learn how to use the restore point should your computer go wrong.

This guide will show you how to create a restore point in Windows XP. Here are guides for Windows Vista and 7:

Create a Restore Point

To create a restore point in Windows XP:

1. Press the WINKEY+R (or click Start > Run) and type msconfig.

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2. On the General tab, click Launch System Restore.

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3. Click Create a restore point and click Next.

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4. Give your restore point a name and click Create.

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You now have a restore point to revert back to–if needed.

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Use a System Restore Point in XP

To restore your XP PC to a previous state:

1. Follow steps 1-2 above and click Resotre my computer to an earlier time. Click Next.

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2. Pick a restore point you previously made and click Next.

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3. Double check the restore point details and click Next.

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4. System restore will overwrite settings and files with those previously in place (note: personal files will not be affected.)

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5. After some time, system restore will be complete.

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Congratulations, you have restored your PC to a previous state and hopefully the problem you are experiencing is no longer an issue.

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