Laptops with Windows® XP
Restoring a laptop with Windows® XP operating system
In case if you are running corrupted programs or there are some missing Windows® XP files on your laptop, then you have an option to restore your system. These corrupted programs and missing files might cause instability issues that will lead to improper functioning of your laptop. All you need to do is to perform a restore on your computer to an earlier point when it was working fine. You can also restore your Windows® XP-based laptop to factory settings. This option resets your laptop to the same condition as when it was purchased. Therefore, restore option in a way helps you in saving money and time. It also helps you in gaining knowledge about Windows® XP operating system and technical troubleshooting.
Following points discuss about the restore options that can be performed in your laptop with Windows® XP operating system:
- Things to be kept in mind before performing a restore
- Performing a system restore
- Restoring system to factory settings
Things to be kept in mind before performing a restore
You need to back up your important files and folders on a USB flash drive before restoring your laptop to factory settings. You can also back up your music files, pictures and confidential data on an external hard drive or a DVD. After backing up, remove the USB flash drive or external hard drive or DVD from your laptop. You can use them to download your data after restoring your laptop to factory settings.
Performing a system restore
System restore features restore points that return your system settings to previous point without affecting personal data. These restore points are created automatically before any major system events. Before performing system restore, you need to save and close all documents that are open on your desktop. Now click on ‘Start’, ‘All Programs’, ‘Accessories’ and ‘System Tools’. In ‘System Tools’ option, select ‘System Restore’ and click ‘OK’. Also, note the descriptions of restore points that have been created automatically by your system with Windows® XP operating system.
To restore your system to factory settings, you need to insert the factory reset CD that came with the computer. The CD contains Windows® XP operating system. By running this CD, you generally format the hard drive. Hence, you need to restart the laptop with the CD in the drive and let it reboot and run the CD. Now, reset your laptop to its original factory settings. All you need to do is follow the CD and perform steps accordingly.