How to restore windows?

By VictorBailey ·
If windows system restore is not working, is there anyway to manually restore windows to an earlier date?

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Is System Restore turned on

by Jacky Howe In reply to How to restore windows?

Steps to turn on System Restore
1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
2. In the System Properties dialog box, click the System Restore tab.
3. Click to clear the Turn off System Restore check box. Or, click the Turn off System Restore on all drives check box.
4. Click OK.

System Restore "restore points" are missing or deleted

How much free space is left on the hard drive?

Troubleshooting steps for issues when you try to use the System Restore tool in Windows XP

Restart your computer and press [F during the initial startup.
When you see the Windows Advanced Options Menu, select the Safe Mode with a Command Prompt option.
Select the Windows XP operating system.
Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.
Type the following command at a command prompt:
Follow the onscreen instructions to restore your computer to an earlier state.

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by VictorBailey In reply to Is System Restore turned ...

The system Restore button does not appear in my system properties under any of the tabs. I am running XP Pro SP3. I will try the safe mode restore you suggested and let you know how that turns out. Thanks again.

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We need to turn it on again

by Jacky Howe In reply to Thanks

Press the WinKey + r and type gpedit.msc and press Enter.

Navigate to Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates and System Restore.

Check to see if System Restore has been turned off.

Set Turn off System Restore to Not Configured

Set Turn off Configuration to Not Configured

Edit: to add

If System Restore has been disabled you won't be able to go back to an earlier point in time.
What is the reason that you need to Restore the System. We may be able to work around it.

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