How to Fix System Restore for Free


System Restore, first introduced in Windows XP, is a tool that allows one to
restore one's Windows to a prior state. When System Restore is active, Windows
will periodically--generally whenever a program is installed or a major setting
is changed--create restore points; users can later choose to revert the
computer's files and settings to the state in which they existed at the time any
restore point was created, should they so choose. This can be very useful if one
finds one's computer in a damaged state, as one can simply restore one's system
to a prior state. However, System Restore, as with any other function of
Windows, can itself become damaged.

Things You'll Need

  • PC
  • Windows XP
  • Windows XP install CD
  • Open the "Start" menu, then find the text entitled "Accessories" and scroll
    your cursor over it.

  • Select "Windows Explorer" in the "Accessories" menu.

  • Click on "Tools" in the top-left of the Windows Explorer window, and select
    "Folder Options."

  • Click on the "View" tab. Scroll down the list until you see the option
    entitled "Hidden Files and Folders." Make sure that "Show hidden files and
    folders" is selected.

  • Close the "Folder Options" window by clicking on the "OK" button.

  • Expand your hard drive folder and click on "Windows," on the directories list at the left side of your Windows Explorer window.

  • Scroll down to the "inf" folder and click on it.

  • Find the file entitled "sr.INF" (depending on your file settings, it may
    simply be called "sr"). Right-click on it and select "Install."

  • Proceed through the install process.

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