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What is the procedure to restore the system of Windows Me?

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What is the procedure to restore the system of Windows Me?

[Attention]
When you use the System Restore function, it may sometimes become impossible to use the drivers and applications you have installed.
You should note that System Restore may force you to re-set the drivers and reinstall the applications.

The use of the System Restore function may sometimes make the system unstable and erase data. This is due to the loss of compliancy of the information in the hard disk drive. Do back up all important data before you try to restore the system.
Note that Sony is not responsible for failures such as the loss of data when you use the System Restore function.

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When you use the System Restore function, you can restore the settings and performance by cancelling inadequate changes
you made onto the computer. The computer restores to the state at a specific point (called "Restore Point").
Restoring the system will not damage or erase saved documents, e-mails, the history and pages in Favorites.

The computer also creates the restore point automatically (called "System Check Point").
Users can also create restore points.

To restore the system, you can perform the following procedure:

* To restore the computer to its previous state

(Procedure)
1. Click [Start] -> [Programs] -> [Accessories] -> [System Tools] -> [System Restore].

2. When the [Welcome to System Restore] window appears, click the [Restore my computer to an earlier time] option button and click [Next].
* When you use [System Restore] for the first time, there is below two options to choose.
[Restore my computer to an earlier time]
[Create a restore point]

3. When the [Choose a Restore Point] window appears, click an available restore point from the calendar in the window and click [Next].
The available restore points in the calendar are displayed in bold.

* Types of available restore points
- System checkpoint: The restore point that the computer creates in accordance with the schedule
- Manual restore point: The restore point that is created by users
- Install restore point: The restore point created automatically at the time of installation of a specific program

4. The "Before restarting your computer, save and close all open files and close all open programs." window appears. Click the [OK] button.

5. When the [Confirm Restore Point Selection] window appears, check the date and type of the restore point and click [Next].

6. When the [Restoration in Progress] window appears, the restoration of the system is underway.

7. The computer is automatically restarted and the [Restoration Complete] window appears. Click the [OK] button.

The system restoration is completed by now.

* To create a restore point

(Procedure)
1. Click [Start] -> [Programs] -> [Accessories] -> [System Tools] -> [System Restore]

2. When the [Welcome to System Restore] window appears, click the [Create a restore point] option button and click [Next].

3. When the [Create a restore point] window appears, type any letter you like in the [Restore Point Description] text box and click [Next].

4. The [Confirm a New Restore Point] window appears.
Check the date of the new restore point and click the [OK] button.

The new restore point is created.

- To undo the last restoration

(Procedure)
1. Click [Start] -> [Programs] -> [Accessories] -> [System Tools] -> [System Restore]

2. When the [Welcome to System Restore] window appears, click the [Undo my last restoration] option button and click [Next].

3. The "Before restoring your computer, save and close all open files and close all open programs." window appears. Click the [OK] button.

4. When the [Confirm Restoration Undo] window appears, check the date and type of the restore point, and click [Next].

5. The [Undoing last Restoration] window appears and system restore is carried out.

6. The computer is automatically restarted and the [Undo Complete] window appears.

System restore is complete through the above procedure.

(Requirements of System Restore)
To execute the System Restore function, a free space of at least 200MB on the hard disk drive (on the partition where system folders of Windows are stored) is required.

(Protection of personal files)
To protect users' work files such as documents and spreadsheets, the system restore does not restore the files in the [My Documents] folder.
System Restore does not restore files with file names such as *.doc or *.xls that are generally used in the programs either.

(Storage location of the restore point of System Restore)
The restore point of the System Restore function is usually stored in the "C:\_RESTORE" folder.
The above folder is set to non-display at the factory shipment.
It can be displayed by clicking the [Show hidden files and folders] option button and checking the [Hide protected operating system files] box.

Microsoft Reference;
[Article ID]: Q267951
[Last Reviewed]: October 22, 2000
[Title]: Description of the System Restore Utility in Windows Millennium Edition
[Address]: http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q267/9/51.ASP