Windows XP has a wealth of features designed to protect your valuable data and the underlying operating system from crashes and system failures. One of these features is the System Restore option, which you can use to revert your computer to an exact replica of how it was configured on an earlier date. To run this feature, you must have an administrator account on your Windows XP computer.
Determine Your Administrator Privileges
Click "Start" to open the Windows Start menu, and then click "Control Panel"
Select "User Accounts" in the window that opens.
Identify whether you have a basic account or an administrator account by locating your account type below your login name.
If you do not have Administrator privileges, open the "Start" menu, click "Log Off" and select "Switch User" from the pop-up dialog
Press "Ctrl-Alt-Delete" to access the Windows logon screen. Type "Administrator" in the User Name box and enter your password in the Password box. If you have never set an administrator password, leave it blank and log in to Windows.
Restoring Your System
Click "Start" on your Windows desktop and select "Programs | Accessories | System Tools." Click "System Restore."
Click "Next" and select a restore point.
Click "Next" and then click "Finish." Windows begins the process of restoring your PC to the way it was configured on the date you selected.
- Back up important data before you run the System Restore option. Although your existing files should not be affected, computers can be unpredictable. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to data that you might not be able to reconstruct.
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