How to perform System Restore in Windows XP

We have seen how to create a system restore point in the previous article. Now lets see how to perform a system restore. You have to open the system restore utility by following these steps:

  1. Open Start Menu
  2. Go to Programs > Accessories > System Tools
  3. Click on System Restore

You have to select ‘Restore my computer to an earlier time‘. And click next.

You will be asked to select restore point. You can see a calender on the left and the corresponding restore points on the right. The date which has a restore point will be displayed in bold.

So click on the date and the list of restore points will pop up on the right hand side. Select your preferred restore point and hit next. A confirmation screen will appear.

You have to click on next and the system restore will proceed.

Note that, your computer might restart once or several times during this process. Once the computer reboots, you will get a message whether the system restore was successful or not.

How to Create a System Restore Point in Windows XP

A restore point contains the information about a particular system state. So in case if anything goes wrong with your computer you can always perform a system restore to get back to a working system state.

Whenever you install applications on your computer, A restore point is automatically created. But some applications do not create a restore point on their own. So it is always better to manually create a restore point.

How to create a System Restore Point?

  1. Open Start Menu
  2. Go to Programs > Accessories > System Tools
  3. Click on System Restore

A wizard will begin. You will be given two options.

  1. Restore your computer to an earlier time
  2. Create a restore point

Click on Create a restore point. A screen will appear which will ask you to enter a description for your restore point. Enter a proper description like date and time, It will help you when you are about to perform a system restore.

Then after click Next. And it will take a while to create a restore point. Once its done you will get a screen as show below.

Click here to see how to perform a system restore in Windows XP

How to Backup / Restore Registry

If you are not a geek, then first of all let me start with What is Registry in Windows. Registry is simply a database of all the system configurations and settings. It stores the information of everything on your computer in a hierarchical manner.

Why to Backup Registry?

When you install new applications or perform any operations on your operating system then all these changes take place inside the Windows Registry. Also you need to modify Windows Registry for tweaking your Computer.

So if at any chance you mess up with the Windows Registry, it can cause serious problems. And to be on a safer side you should always backup the Windows Registry before messing up with it.

On you will find many Windows hacks and tweaks which will suggest you to modify your Windows Registry. And it is very important to have a Backup of Windows Registry.

So in case anything goes wrong, you can just restore the Backup. So now lets see how to backup Registry.

#1 Open Registry Editor

In Windows XP:

  1. Open Start Menu
  2. Go in Run
  3. Type regedit
  4. Hit enter

In Windows 7:

  1. Open Start Menu
  2. Type regedit
  3. Hit Enter.

In Windows 8:

  1. Open Start Page
  2. Type regedit
  3. Hit Enter.

#2 Exporting the Registry

  1. Click on File
  2. Click on Export
  3. Save this file somewhere on your Computer.

That’s it your entire Registry has been saved. That means a backup is created. Now the question is how to restore the backup?

How to Restore the Backup?

To restore, you can just double click on the saved file and click Ok. And your backup will be restored.