System restore is great feature in Windows XP & Vista that allows you to take your computer back to an earlier time to undo any harmful changes that might have occurred – and you won’t lose any recently stored work, such as emails, favorites/bookmarks, documents, photos, music etc.
Your computer automatically creates restore points (called checkpoints) or you can create your own (something many of us do prior to downloading new software or making major changes)…
START YOUR COMPUTER..
- Log on to Windows as an Administrator
- Click Start, the click All Programs, then click Accessories, then click System Tools
- Now when the list of Tools appear, choose/left click on "System Restore"
- The "Welcome to System Restore page/dialog box opens"
- You will see three options: 1) Restore my computer to an earlier time, 2) Create a restore point, 3) Undo my last restoration
- Choose/click on “Restore my computer to an earlier time” - click Next
- The calendar will appear – dates that are bold are dates when restorations “checkpoints” were created and are saved for you to "restore to"
- Choose/click the date you want and in the left side of the screen you will now see the date & time of that restoration
- Click Next, restoration will be done and it will confirm that it was successful