How to Restore Windows XP to an Earlier Time with Windows XP System Restore

Windows XP System Restore can restore Windows XP to an earlier time such as a few days ago. Restoring Window XP to an earlier state can be very useful if something goes wrong such as an update or driver causing your computer not to boot properly. In this blog post I will describe how to restore Windows XP to an earlier state using a System Restore point in a few different ways.

System Restore Method

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.

    NOTE

    The System Restore window should open.

  2. Select Restore my computer to an earlier time. Refer to Image below.

     

  3. Click Next to choose the System Restore point.
  4. Select the System Restore Point to restore Windows XP to an earlier time. Refer to Image below.

     

  5. Click Next to start the System Restore process.
  6. Confirm the System Restore point and click Next to start the System Restore process. Refer to Image below.

     

  7. Windows XP will automatically reboot and show the progress of System Restore. Refer to Image below.

     

  8. If Windows XP System Restore was successful then a successful message will appear when logging onto Windows XP. Refer to Image below.

Command Prompt Method

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type %SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe on your keyboard.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Follow System Restore Method above starting from Step 2 to continue with the System Restore process.

Safe Mode Method

  1. Boot Windows XP into Safe Mode, refer to “How to Start Windows XP in Safe Mode” blog for directions.
  2. When logged on then select No to launch System Restore. Refer to Image below.

     

  3. Follow System Restore Method above starting from Step 2 to continue with the System Restore process.

Safe Mode with Command Prompt Method

  1. Boot Windows XP into Safe Mode, refer to “How to Start Windows XP in Safe Mode” blog for directions using the Safe Mode with Command Prompt Method.
  2. Type %SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe in the Command Prompt window.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Follow System Restore Method above starting from Step 2 to continue with the System Restore process.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows XP Editions
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Edited: May 16, 2012

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