What is system restore?


I tried to reinstall wiindows xp pro from the original cd and I'm getting the error message smartdump.exe. missing. This is causing the system to continue in loops to try and complete the installation. XP and 98 SE are currently installed and I'm trying to find a way to boot the pc without a boot disk(don't have one). I've tried hitting delete at start up yet their is nothing there that will allow me to bypass the instalation process.. Is there a way to get to safe mode..I've tried F8,F9,F10etc to no avail. I've removed the startup disk and tried the pc will automatically reboot and go bak to the same point of trying to complete the install. XP is curently installe d and if I can do a normal startup I can take it back the point that it was working properly. Since I can get it to start I 'm using a public library pc. Feel free to cantoact me via e-mail or phoe 570-341-7738




This question was answered on October 25, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You should try to roll your system back to an earlier restore point.

To create a Restore Point

Access the System Restore Wizard through Help and Support Center

Click Create a restore point, and then click Next

In the Restore point description box, type a name to identify this restore point System Restore automatically adds to this name the date and time that this Restore Point is created

To finish creating this restore point, click Create

To cancel restore point creation and return to the Welcome to System Restore screen, click Back

To cancel restore point creation and exit the System Restore Wizard, click Cancel


To access the System Restore Wizard, click Start, and then click Help and Support Click Performance and Maintenance, click Using System Restore to undo changes, and then click Run the System Restore Wizard

Creating a restore point can be useful any time you anticipate making changes to your computer that are risky or might make your computer unstable

To view or to return to this restore point, from the Welcome to System Restore screen of the System Restore Wizard select Restore my computer to an earlier time Then select the date when the restore point was created from the calendar in the Select a Restore Point screen All of the restore points that were created on the selected date are listed by name in the list box to the right of the calendar

good luck

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Posted by christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 25, 2004