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Washington DC Windows System Restore For XP – How To Use Windows System Restore To Solve Some Computer Problems, Washington DC

In Windows XP there is a feature called “system restore” it is always on by default and it’s really not recommend to turn it off for any reason at all. It is a very nifty feature of Windows XP that majority if the new computer users seem to overlook. I can tell you right now, system restore has saved my life at least several hundred times, because I was able use it to solve the problem without having to lose my important files and having to reinstall the OS. The question that is probably floating around in your mind is what exactly is system restore?

System restore is a feature included with Windows XP and later windows operating systems. It helps you restore your computer’s systems files to an earlier point in time. It’s a way to undo system changes to your computer without affecting your personal files, such as documents, videos, music e-mail, or photos. System restore uses a feature called system protection to regularly create and save restore points on your computer. These restore points contain information about registry settings as well as other systems information that windows uses.

Why should you use system restore for windows XP?

System Restore can save you a lot of stress and worry if you use it to your advantage. When you have a nice new computer, immediately set a system restore point and name it so you will remember what your computer will be restored to. Sometimes, installation of a program or a driver can cause an unexpected change to your system or cause windows to behave unpredictably. Usually, uninstalling the program or drive occasionally solves the problem.

If removing it doesn’t solve the problem, you can try to use this useful feature to restore your computer’s file system to an earlier date when everything worked correctly. If you have system restore enabled on your computer it will automatically create restore points for you. In addition to the automate points you can also manually create a restore point and call it anything you like. So therefore if you had created a restore point and named it “everything working point 2/20/11″ if you have a problem a month later, you can revert your computer settings to the previous saved point.

It is recommended that you should also set a restore point before doing any of the following; installing, un-installing, deleting files, moving files, copying files, defragging, updating. When dealing programs that makes changes or clean the registry, because it is the computers backbone. If you remember to do this it will benefit you further down the road.  System restore doesn’t restore personal files that get lost, deleted or damaged. It’s strongly recommended that you should regularly back up your personal files and imperative data using an external drive.

What files does system restore actually restore or delete?

If you restore your computer to an earlier restore point the files that you created will still be on your computer. For instance, you may have saved photos in the pictures folder, then had a problem with the computer and restored it to an earlier restore point; your pictures will be unaffected. It will be the same with any file that you have created.

How to find system restore:

System Restore is a Windows system tool and is located in the start menu can be found by clicking start menu and choosing all programs, then choosing accessories from the menu and then  system tools, then choosing system restore.

How to turn System Restore on or off:

You can choose to turn System Restore on or off by going to the system properties box and then going to the System Restore tab. To get to the system properties you can double click on the system icon in control panel or go to the start menu to my computer, right click on it and choose properties. On the system restore tab you will see a box to tick to turn off system restore.

Keep in mind that every system restore is different and if you think you need help with restoring your PC or laptop, please don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Geek ABC.  Computers are our business and we are here to help.  Geek ABC is an onsite computer and network service and repair company in the Washington DC Metropolitan area.  We can be reached via our website, www.geekabc.com, or you can give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.  We provide same day, mobile, in-home network support and repair services for residential and business customers.  You can also check out our blog at http://geekabc.blogspot.com/ for more information on other topics.

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