Re: How to save the current state of my XP machine.

Steve Winograd [MVP]
07-10-2005, 03:07 AM
In article <>, "DQ"
<> wrote:
>Hi All,
>I recently bought a Dell Laptop with Windows XP Professional and software
>bundle pre-installed. When I boot up my laptop, I can press the F12 function
>key and have the system (with some kind of Dell pre-installed utility) wipes
>out every thing I had installed after purchasing the laptop and restore my
>laptop back to its original state when the machine was shipped to me. And
>this happens without having inserting any CD or diskette.
>I really like this capability and just wonder if I can do the same thing:
>Having the machine back to a given point where I want it to be. For example,
>after receiving this laptop, I make a connection to the Internet and upgrade
>Windows with the latest patch. Now, I don't want to press F12 to have the
>system restore my machine back to its original. Rather, I want it to restore
>itself back to the point where I had update its Windows XP with all of the
>latest patch, as of today.
>How can I do that?
>Thanks in advance.

If I understand your question, XP's System Restore feature does what
you want. It lets you take a snapshot of the system state and go back
to a saved snapshot later.

Note: System Restore doesn't change personal data files (such as
Microsoft Word documents, browsing history, drawings, favorites, or
e-mail) when doing a restore.

For information, go to Start | Help and Support and search for "System
Best Wishes,
Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)

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Re: How to save the current state of my XP machine.