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Learn how to create your very own 'Restore Points' in XP & Me!


Stop getting stuck in a jam and create your own 'Restore Points' when using Windows XP or Me.


This question was answered on December 29, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Windows XP & Me allows you to take a snapshot of critical system files before you make any major changes, such as installing new software, hardware devices, or changing the registry Windows XP & Me automatically creates system restore points, called system checkpoints, but you can create your own to make it even easier to recover your system in case of a failure.

Follow the steps below to create restore points:

1 Click 'Start', point to 'All Programs', then to 'Accessories', point to 'System Tools'

2 Then click 'System Restore' and a dialog box will open

3 In the 'System Restore' dialog box, click 'Create a restore point', and then click 'Next'

4 Type a description for your restore point, such as "Before modem", then click 'Create'

If your system fails, press F8 in the boot menu, and then click Last known good configuration Windows XP restores your system to the most recent restore point

Note: Note that using restore points doesn’t affect your personal files, such as the My Documents or Favorites folders

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Posted by Michal of Data Doctors on December 29, 2003