Friday, June 22, 2007

Quick System Restore with Windows XP

Windows is Windows and very often you may find your computer doing decidedly odd things at startup, like freezing or throwing unintelligible messages at you.

The best thing to do at such a time is a System Restore, which rolls back your system (your computer) to a state where it worked.

Unfortunately, Microsoft, in its wisdom, gives you a very complicated set of instructions on how to do this (if you actually do know how to use the "Help" feature, which will take an entire textbook to explain).

The irony is, Microsoft has actually coded a very simple way to do a System Restore. It's easy to use and easy to remember. Here's how to do it:
  1. Restart your computer
  2. When you see the memory check at the top left of your screen, repeatedly hit the F8 function key at the top of your keyboard (it's above and between the 9 and 0 keys at the top).
  3. You'll be presented with a text-only screen that has various options. Use the Up/Down arrow keys of your keyboard to highlight "Last Known Good Configuration" and hit enter.
  4. For some odd reason, you'll be asked which Operating System to use. Since most people use Windows XP, that'll be the only option shown and highlighted. Hit enter. If you're one of those experimentative (I made that word up) types who has more than one OS (Operating System) installed and Windows XP isn't the one highlighted, highlight it with the arrow keys and then hit enter
Sit back and see your computer come to life again.

There's a drawback to System Restore, of course. Any programs or software you install between the last known good configuration and the time the computer stopped working will disappear. Since it was probably one of those programs that caused the problem this is a good thing. If you think you absolutely MUST have those programs/software install them one at a time and reboot between each installation. If your computer behaves oddly after reboot do a System Restore and ditch the last piece of software installed (if you bought it, go back to the seller for a refund).



Lopamudra said...

This is really deeply simple. Added to my favorites... Thank you for doing this, wont call you "noble and serving society" but almost there :)

PS: Pardon me, I have a weird sense of humour.

venugopal said...

Wooooooooooooooooow /Hey thanks man!! you are so good. I think this the perfect work....

System Restoration

12 speed said...

How do i get to a memory check if i don't see one on the top left of my screen?

Deepak Morris said...

You don't have to wait for the memory check. As soon as your screen goes black after initiating the Restart procedure, start hitting the F8 key.