What Is A Restore Point
A restore point is simply a “snapshot” of your operating system and settings. This “snapshot” can be taken anytime however, it is best to take it when your PC is running smooth.
Once you have this in place, you can revert your PC back to that particular point and time when all was well in the event of an error or problem. This usually saves you from having to re-install your complete operating system to get it back to normal.
Why Create A Restore Point?
Any time you make changes to your Windows XP system, you risk creating problems that can’t be fixed without reinstalling the operating system.
Even something as innocent as changing a couple of seemingly-unimportant settings can create chaos on your hard drive. Sure, you can run a SpeedyPC scan which can fix the problem however, having a restore point is still always important to have on hand.
What Software Do I Need, & How Do I Create One?
Fortunately, Microsoft anticipated this problem and gave users the option of creating a restore point by including the utility as part of Windows.
When your computer is functioning properly, creating this restore point gives you a virtual bookmark of sorts: you can revert to that point and start again without losing crucial data or spending lots of time reinstalling Windows.
First, you should always back up your data before you make any changes to your system. Your files are too important to risk, so take the time to burn them to a CD or transfer them to a flash drive.
Creating a restore point is simple:
Go to Start > Help and Support.
Click on “Performance and Maintenance”
Some computer systems will instead have a link to “Restore Point.” If this is the case with your computer, follow this link.
Click on the radio button marked “Create a restore point.”Yours might say something like “Run the System Restore Wizard” instead.
Follow the prompts that Windows offers and you’ll create a restore point. All of your settings up to this point are saved and ready to be re-loaded should you choose.
Here is a short video tutorial we thought we would post:
How Do I revert Back To My Restore Point?
Here’s how to revert to your restore point:
If you can start WinXP without any problems, just go back through the “Help and Support” menu that you used to reach the “Create a Restore Point” option.
Instead of creating a restore point, click on the option that reads “Restore my computer to an earlier time.” In just a few moments, you’ll be back where you were before you started having problems.
However, sometimes the system won’t start. In this case, reboot and press F8 repeatedly. You should reach an option that allows you to boot in Safe Mode. You won’t be able to use most of your programs, but you can use Safe Mode to reach the restore point.
Having a restore point is always recommend by our team however, we have found that running simply registry fix scans with SpeedyPC has virtually eliminated the need to revert!
SpeedyPC will scan you PC and fix any corruptions in your system registry and keep your PC running like new!