system restore creates backups of your registry files and
an image of your drive.So, when you need to undo or fix
a problem caused by a program youjust go to: Start>Programs>accessories>System
Tools>system Restore. A windowopens giving you a little
explanation on how system restore works and whatit does.
It gives you 2 options one to create a restore point or
to restoreyour computer to a past full working state. Your
computer usually createsrestore points every time it starts
up. If you want to create a restorepoint you just select
the option and click on next it will ask you for adescription
of the backup and it also gives you a little explanation
on whatyou need to do. when you click on next again your
computer saves all yoursettings and creates a new restore
point. If you want to restore yourcomputer to a past full
working state you select that option and click onnext a
calendar shows on the screen and a description on when was
the lasttime the computer did a restore point. You can select
by days or weeks. so, If you installed a program called
"Xs" (today) and it messed up yoursettings you
select(yesterday or any other day before "today"),
click on the last time thecomputer created a restore point(yesterday
night at 7:30PM), click on nextand the computer will reset
all the information to the last day you wereable to start
your computer to a full working state. when it's done it
willask you to restart.
WARNING: If you installed an upgrade, any software or any
shortcuts tocritical data that you depend on,since the last
time your computer startedsafely...You MUST create a backup
before doing a system restore. once systemrestore takes
effect you will have lost your upgrades, software andshortcuts.
They must be redone or re-installed. This is due to the
fact thatyour computer replaces the Reg files to the last
time you were able to startsafely.
ME's system restore allows you to take your computer back
to an earlier date if you have lost or damaged files, or
programs that have errors or glitches. It doesn't always
work and there is a download on the Microsoft homepage that
needs to be installed to be sure that system restore works
properly on some PCs. System Restore is used via the start
menu and needs no disc. It allows you to pick which date
you want to go back to, but the dates are maybe three to
four days before, unless you make sure you update the registry
weekly under system tools, system information, tools. When
I had damage to my CV3 Class file it allowed me to go back
three days and did not return the file to it's previous
state. I went in and did a simple registry restore using
the restore disc. At least with ME you don't have to do
the full reformat and install.
A Very good link is www.langa.com
. Has articles if you want to keep WinME , a great cleanup
file and how to get back to Win98 if you have decided that
WinME isn't worth it. Personally I got rid of it after it
didn't restore a NIC driver.
You don't have to have ME to do that of course you can
do it from dos.
C:\scanreg / restore
What that does is bring up dates and then you pick a date
when the system was working well.
In ME what you do is go to that feature and it will do the
same thing. Now ME does a back up everyday or you can put
your own dates in there and then back your system up to
Go to Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore.
The options: Restore to a former point.
Creat a restore point. Name it what you want.
When you have everyting working on your computer, do Scandisk
then Defrag. Then follow the above to creat a restore point.
Name it something like SAFTY.
Before loading ANY program, do this! Name the restore point
the program name. For example Quicken. When the program
is loaded, and everything is working, do another
restore point. Name it QuickenOK.
This gives you a safty point to go to when a program causes
problems. Go to System Restore click on Restore to a former
point, find the date/time before the problem. High lite
it and click OK. The program and problem are gone.
Ctrl/ Alt/,Del close all except Explorer. Run Scandisk.
Run Defrag. Create a restore point. Before and after.
A lot of bother? Yes. A lot less than reformat and complete
You should find some great articles regarding WinME restore
or anything else you might need to know. All of their great
articles from their Mag's are online. Wouldn't take what
they say as verbatim but wonderful starting point.
System restore is kind of a point and shoot type of fix
it application.Every day the machine Windoze ME is installed
on, is running; it takes a"snap shot" of the current
registration. Any and all installed applicationsthat have
written and updated the REG file are copied and placed into
theC:\WIN....\RESTO~ file. If an application loses a part
of it's self, (Mytheory is that with today's HD speeds a
BIT or maybe even a whole BYTE ofinformation is thrown from
the HD's surface. Their stuck on the walls of theHD's casing).
If a User uses DR Watson, or uses Troubleshooter in the
helpfile. All it really does is refer the operator to a
previous date. Whichcould be yesterday, last week, or a
year ago. What ever date is chosen,"ANY" program
installed after the "Chosen" date will no longer
be on thehard drive. When "System Restore is opened,
a calendar is on the screen. Adate is requested to restore
the machine to. Pick a date, click OK, themachine will re-boot.
Now the machine is just like it was on that date. Andnow
the User has to re-install the programs that are gone.
can't say I know enough about it to write an article at
this point, but I do know where
to find some excellent links and resources. One of them
would be Ed Bott's Windows forum at About.com.
Another good one is the usenet forum at Comp.Microsoft.public.windows.windowsme.systemtools.
track it down by doing a Google search.
The best information I've seen around is from user groups.
My own experience with System Restore is
that it is notoriously unreliable, at least from the Windows
screen. It may be quite a bit better when
used from DOS with the scanreg/all command. All in all it's
best not to rely on it exclusively, as far as
I can see.
Here are a couple of good links re System Restore info: http://windows.about.com/library/weekly/aa012201a.htm
from Focus on Windows, an About Site. http://www.windows-help.net/windowsMe/system-restore.html