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How To Set A Restore Point

Going Back In Time

We are going to put your system through it’s paces in this course.
We will be tweaking and cleaning and adjusting and testing and then tweaking some more until we get it running the way we want it.

During this process it is feasible that something won’t go according to plan or may have some unexpected consequences that are undesirable so we need to be able to get back to a point in time where things were better.

So what we need to do is to set a restore point BEFORE we get into any trouble.

It would be a good idea to check and see if the time and date are correct on your computer as the system will time-stamp the restore point.

Right click on the system clock in the bottom right hand corner of your screen and select “Adjust Date/Time” adjust the settings as necessary and click OK. Then we can proceed to set the restore point.

Here’s how:


In Windows XP…

Click the “Create a restore point” radio button and then click the “Next” button

In Windows Vista…

Click on the link that says “open System Protection” then pick where you want to create your restore point and click the “Create…” button.

In the Restore point description box type something like

“Working well, about to install Microsoft Updates”

or maybe you could describe the particular problem you are experiencing like

“Screen resolution bad, webcam not working, system slow”

or anything else that will let you know what you were about to do, or what problems you were trying to repair, the current date and time will be automatically added to your comment so that you will know when the restore point was created.

Click the “Create” button and you will soon get a message telling you that your restore point has been created.

Click the “Close” button (“OK” button in Vista) and you are done.

Good Luck


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