The following self-help steps are for beginning computer users.
This method is rated: Easy.
To set up a restore point, follow these steps:
- Close any programs that are open.
- Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore. The System Restore Wizard opens.
Note If the System Restore Wizard does not open, the System Restore feature may be turned off. To turn System Restore on, see the "More Information" section in this article.
- Click Create a restore point, and then click Next.
- In Restore point description box, type a description for the restore point. Use a description that is easy to understand. If you are creating a restore point before you install specific software or hardware, you could use that information in the description.
Note The date and time are automatically added to your restore point. Therefore, you do not have to use them in your description.
- Do one of the following:
- To finish creating this restore point, click the Create button. The System Restore Wizard notifies you when the restore point is created.
- To stop creating a restore point and to return to the Welcome to System Restore page, click the Back button.
- To stop creating a restore point and to exit the System Restore Wizard, click the Cancel button.
- When you are finished, click the Close button.
- Windows XP automatically creates system restore points every day. Typically, it creates restore points before a program or a hardware device is installed.
- If you install a program, but then later you use a restore point that was created before you installed that program, the program will no longer work. If you want to use the program again, you must reinstall it.
- System Restore differs from uninstalling a program. To completely remove a program, you must remove the program by using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel or by using the program's own uninstall program. For more information, search for the help topic "Change or remove a program" in Windows XP Help and Support.
Restore point verificationTo view the restore point, repeat step 2. Then, in the Welcome to System Restore page of the System Restore Wizard, select Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next. Then select the date when the restore point was created from the calendar on the Select a Restore Point page. All the restore points that were created on the selected date are listed by name in the list box on the right side of the calendar.
If this method workedIf the system restore point is created, you are finished!
If this method did not workIf the system restore point was not created, unfortunately this content is unable to help you any further. So, your next step is to try advanced troubleshooting. If you must use advanced troubleshooting and if you are not an advanced user, you might want to ask someone for help, or you might want to contact Support.
To turn on System Restore, follow these steps:
- Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
- Click the System Restore tab.
- Make sure that the Turn off System Restore check box is not selected. Or, make sure that the Turn off System Restore on all drives check box is not selected.
- Click OK.
Article ID: 948247 - Last Review: Oct 23, 2008 - Revision: 1