Computer Tutorial #29 ; Helpful Hints #15

System Restore can save the day when simply restarting fails to do the trick

Al Harper

Al Harper
(Jim Cerny photo)
Restoring the System

Occasionally, for no apparent reason, your system goes down. Sometimes a "Restart" will solve the problem. Other times you find that you must reload the system. Because of this Windows XP saves a snapshot of the current system each day. A "System Restore" disk may be supplied with the PC which will bring the PC back to an earlier time when everything worked correctly. The later XP PCs may handle this without a disk. The steps are similar in either case:

A. Save any open programs and any that you have recently worked on. Hit "Start".

B. Click "All Programs", Click "Accessories", Click "System Tools", finally, click "System Restore" and the following window comes up. The window is shown in two pieces due to its large size.

System Restore Left Side

The right side looks like:

System Restore Right Side

Be sure to read both parts of these windows.

Clicking on the "Restore my computer...." brings up this window:

Selecting Restore Points

Clicking on a date in the box on the left will automatically fill in the right box.  

Now click on "Next" and the following can result:   

1. If a date close to the current date is selected, the window may say that the system cannot be restored, because the date selected is too near the current date. It will tell you to select an earlier date.

2. If the dates are OK, the message will so indicate, and the system will be restored as of the earlier date.

If the restore does not work, pick an earlier date and try again.

You can create your own restore point if you know of a time when the the PC was working correctly. Go to the second part of the window above (the right side of "System Restore..) and click on "Create a restore point".
Any programs or changes installed after the Restore Point must be reinstalled.


February, 2010