System Restore : Best Microsoft Utility Ever
|by Oscar Sodani|
|March 5, 2004|
The best thing you can do for your PC (and for your sanity) is to install an anti-virus program. Coming in a close second is the ability to use Windows XP's System Restore utility effectively. Never used it before? Read on -- this just might save you a few gray hairs.
When someone has a problem with their PC, one of the first things I tell them to do is reboot their PC. If the problem persists, the very next step is to try the System Restore utility. System Restore allows you to "reset" your Windows PC back to an earlier time. Did your PC work well yesterday? Last week? With System Restore, your PC's configuration travels back in time to that point before the mishaps occurred.
Here's how it works: System Restore creates a "snapshot" of your relevant system files, and saves them in a "Restore Point". These snapshots are created automatically by Windows XP, but you can also create restore points manually. Creating a manual restore point is an excellent idea before installing any new software or hardware. It's also a great idea if your PC is working perfectly and you want it to stay that way!
Starting System Restore
The System Restore program will now start.
Create a Restore Point (snapshot)
Use a Restore Point
If in the future, your PC starts acting up, and you want to restore it to exactly the way it worked before, you need to start up the System Restore program and follow these instructions:
Use System Restore often to keep your computer in tip-top shape!