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Is It Possible to Restore XP back to the point right after install?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by BuffaloBeagle, Feb 11, 2007.

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  1. BuffaloBeagle

    BuffaloBeagle Thread Starter

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    I am wondering, is it possible to Restore XP all the way back right after it was installed? and if possible would this be a good substitution to formatting the drive and reinstalling XP?
     
  2. VAComputerSvcs

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    XP System Restore's are never a good permanent solution. Ideally, used a triage to recover files then reinstall afterwards. The problem is the various registry changes, software changes, and settings that are removed and hacked away in the restore process. XP System restore may adversely affect your computing experience in the mid and long term.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/learnmore/systemrestore.mspx
    Microsoft has information about XP system restore.

    However, in theory if you have a restore point set, you might be able to restore back to. I dont recommend it though.
     
  3. Bob Cerelli

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    Depending on the age of the system, it is unlikely there is a restore point that old. It also wouldn't restore to the way it was right after an install.

    One way to accomplish this is to create an image at whatever baseline you would always want to have. For example, after XP is installed, with the latest service packs and updates, you could image to an external USB drivel, another Internal drive, or another partition. Then to restore to that point would take a matter of minutes.
     
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