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Platinum Edition Using® Microsoft® Windows® XP by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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Restore-Point Options

First introduced with Windows Me, System Restore is a feature that was long overdue. While Windows Update and the temptation to update your drivers and install apps (that often overwrite system DLLs) is all fine in the name of progress, we all know that sinking feeling when Windows suddenly takes a nosedive after you've just made some so-called improvement. System Restore comes to the rescue, saving you the hassle of the tried, true, and incredibly time-wasting format and reinstall ritual. At least that's the idea. System Restore isn't a panacea, but along with driver rollback (see Chapter 27's section called “Using Driver Rollback”) and parallel DLLs, the need for total reinstalls is going to be lower than it used to be. ...

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