Faults with your Computer Registry, DLL files and other unknown technical aspects of your computer
Windows XP has gone End of Life (EOL) on April 8th 2014. This means no further security patches or updates for this Operating System!
Microsoft recently announced the continuation of advisories for newly discovered vulnerabilities, and the continuation of updates for things like Windows Defender only.
My advice is to move to Windows 7 (assuming you wish to stay on a Windows platform) as soon as possible. This version also has a System Restore option.
I also advise not moving to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. At the time of writing it appears this Operating System is experiencing numerous issues.
Windows 10 is to be released on the 29th July 2015. After moving to Windows 7 it is worth waiting to see what Windows 10 brings before deciding to move to this latest version.
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Fortunately help is at hand if a problem occurs on your computer. Windows XP Restore returns you computers system files to a previous state with everything working OK.
System Restore is intelligent enough not to lose your personal data files such as documents, e-mails and web browser favourites.
you have the option enabled (which it is by default), some
installed applications, driver updates and changes such as installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 files, create what is known as Restore Points.
These are the captured states of your computer before changes are
made. System files such as DLL's, EXE's etc. are retained in case they
are needed at some future point.
Windows XP Restore also regularly creates restore points whether any changes are made to your machine or not.
is an in built safety mechanism which kicks in every 24 hours (variable
depending on when your computer is switched on, and for how long it is
switched on for).
However, despite this utilities ability to monitor your computer, I would recommend you Create Regular System Restore Points Yourself - assuming you want to use this free tool.
This tutorial takes you through the steps to use the tool yourself like a professional.
The Table of Contents below breaks the tutorial down into sections so you can jump to the part you are interested in.
Have you used this utility before? What happened to make you use this utility?
If you find your computer is not working properly for
whatever reason, e.g. Printer issues since that driver update, application
loading problems since applying that patch, etc., consider the System Restore Tool to help you out.
To use a previously created point.
Load the System Restore tool and select the Restore My Computer to An Earlier Time. Click the Next button.
Note: Make sure you are logged in as local administrator. Chances are you are already!
Resurrect My Computer To An Earlier Time (Click Image To Enlarge)
On the Select A Restore Point screen, click a Bold date on the calendar to review all of your Windows XP Restoration points for that day.
If you have manually created Restoration Points your descriptions should be a good indicator for selecting the appropriate one.
This will usually be from before the issues you are experiencing occurred.
Select A Restoration Point (Click Image To Enlarge)
When you have chosen your Restoration Point, Click the Next button.
Follow the instructions carefully on the next screen. Understand what happens next, and what you should do before clicking the Next button, e.g. Save your work and close down your applications.
Confirm Restoration Point Selection (Click Image To Enlarge)
System Restore in Action (Click Image To Enlarge)
Click the Next button again to confirm that you want to continue. If you are unsure Click The Cancel Button!.
As mentioned on the previous screen, you computer will shut down and restart automatically.
When the process is complete you see the Restoration Complete message.
System Restoration Complete (Click Image To Enlarge)
Test your application, printer, scanner or whatever part of your computer you were having problems with. Is your problem resolved?
If your problem is not resolved you can run through the steps above again and select an earlier Point in which to resurrect your operating system.
However, if you think it has made things worse, you have the option to undo the last restoration point.
To do this load up System Restore and select the Undo My last Restoration option. Click Next and follow the on screen instructions.
System Restore Windows XP: Undo My Last Restoration (Click Image To Enlarge)
What happened you make you use one of your System Restore Points?
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