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Windows System Restore

Windows Systems Restore XP Vista

Programs - Accessories - Tools - Restore

 When you think you may have a major problem on your hands such as a program has gone completely crazy and possibly other stuff on your Windows XP or Vista too, relax, you might be able to repair it easily. It is amazing how many experienced users don't know about this very useful program. It lets you go back in time before the problem happened and set your computer the way it was back then.

Two Choices  - Restore Computer To Previous State
                         - Set A New Restore Point

Restore Back Previous State

Windows now reverts your computer to the configuration it had when you or Windows XP or Vista created a restore point in the past.
Start - Programs - Accessories - Tools - Restore
The system restore window appears.

Next choose restore my computer to an earlier time.
Click  Next -   Select a Restore Point window will appear with a calendar ..
Pick an earlier date before you remember the problem happened and then click next...
The "Confirm Restore Point" window will appear. 
(If it shows a date you did not choose the click back to choose the correct date, restore point.)

Click next - System Restore applies the earlier restore point and restarts XP or Vista. 
When Windows restarts, the Complete Restoration window appears ...
Click OK ...
If you aren't happy with the new set up, you can go back to system restore and click,
Undo My Last Restoration and follow the steps.

Set New Restore Point -
Sometimes Windows will automatically set new restore points on its own, but not enough.
After you have installed a new program or maybe you have cleaned the registry and other adjustments to boost efficiency, now would be a good time to make a new restore point in case you need to use "Restore Back To Earlier Time" mode.
Programs - Accessories - Tools - Restore

System Information And Registry

Accessories - System Tools - System Information

Vista and XP:

Beginners 50 plus others, you may find this section interesting. For now, just take a look around however, do not make changes with any of the settings. An experienced user in system repairs would be needed here.

At first you see some information about your computer.. see below.
Look for memory. This tells you how much memory is installed on your computer and if you hit the other buttons a whole lot of stuff about your computer. If you want to know if there is a problem or just basic information about your computer, "system information" will tell you.

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
Activation Status
System Name
System Manufacturer
System Model OptiPlex
System Type
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~2992 Mhz
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~2992 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date
SMBIOS Version

Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer
User Name
Time Zone Eastern Daylight Time

Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 464.43 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.95 GB
Page File Space
Page File

The more RAM memory you have, the less frequently the computer has to access instructions and data from the more slowly accessed hard disk form of memory.

For Experienced Users:

Windows Vista and XP registry is the database in which the operating system stores most of its settings. It's where programs store their settings. It contains information about what hardware is installed on the system. Importantly, the registry defines relationships between different parts of the operating system's user interface.

For example, the registry defines what you see on the desktop;
how the Start menu and taskbar work; and how the operating system starts.

Beginners 50 plus others, the Registry in your computer can be difficult to understand and you really should not mess with it at all unless you are very familiar with how it works. If you make a mistake in a registry edit, your computer may not function properly. But, it is quite interesting and places a major role in the way your computer functions. Eventually, as you become more experienced, you might want to learn more about this section. For now, a brief summary of how the registry works is provided.

Windows System Registry:
Contains information about how your usual computer runs. Windows stores its configuration information (The way a computer system has been set up) in a database (the registry) that is organized in a tree format. An "advanced" user who is prepared to both edit and restore the registry can safely use a Registry Editor for such tasks as eliminating duplicate entries or deleting entries for programs that have been uninstalled or deleted. 

Registry Editor Keys:
The navigation area of the Registry Editor displays folders, each of which represents a predefined key on the computer.
The Keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER - information for the user who is currently logged on. The user's folders, screen colors, and Control Panel settings are stored here. This information is referred to as a user's profile.
HKEY_USERS - Contains the root of all user profiles on the computer.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE - Contains configuration information particular to the computer (for any user).
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software -  The information stored here ensures that the correct Software program opens when you open a file by using Windows Explorer.
HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG - Contains information about the hardware profile used by the local computer at system startup.

The data stored in the registry varies according to the version of Microsoft Windows.
More Info:
Did You Know Registry

From Wisecleaner Site:
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