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Restoring Windows® XP to its Factory Settings.
How to restoring Windows® XP to its factory settings?
Windows® XP is an easy to use Operating system from Microsoft®. It provides greater stability and security. Windows® XP delivers an enhanced performance with minimal system resources. It has an inbuilt firewall that monitors network traffic and protect computer from online threats. Besides having the firewall, viruses might infect the computer and tamper system files. Windows® XP has the system restore function that allows you to roll back the registry to a previous state. In all cases you need to take a back up of all important data before performing any restoration. You might need to restore your system when it is infected with viruses or if you forget your Windows administrator’s password.
There are various ways to restore Windows® XP to its factory settings.
- System restore in Windows® XP
- Using recovery CDs and DVDs
- Clean install Windows® XP
System restore in Windows® XP
System Restore maintains multiple restore points instead of one last restore point. You could manually create restore points, or could keep restore points automatically. Using system restore, you could rollback system registry and Windows system files. To do this you need to click on Start and select “All Programs”. Then select “Accessories” and “System Tools” and finally click on “System Restore”. You would see a calendar having one or various restore points. Click on a bold date and then click on the restore point in the second box to its right. This would restore the computer to that particular date.
Using recovery CDs and DVDs
Using the recovery CDs/DVDs, you could access the recovery during startup. In HP restore method, you need to click on Start menu and then select “All Programs”. Then you need to select HP Tools, and choose HP PC System Recovery. You could also press the “F10” key multiple times during boot up access the recovery console if Windows is not loading properly. On Dells, you could access the recovery partition by pressing “Ctrl + F11” immediately after the machine is turned on. After recovery all the data on the hard disk will be lost from the hard drive.
When you clean install, entire data will be erased from the hard drive. You need an original Windows® XP CD to perform this operation. A clean install consists of booting from the original Windows® XP CD, deleting all partitions, recreating new partitions, and then installing Windows® XP from CD. You can modify or create any partition during this operation. When you delete any partition, all the data would be erased completely. So you need to back up all important data on any external storage device like external hard disk or DVDs before restoring.