10.3. Task 10.3: Using System Restore

System Restore is a great feature in Windows XP. It automatically records the state of the operating system, called a restore point, just prior to the installation of drivers and patches and just prior to a restore from backup; and it also generates a daily restore point, just for good measure. If third-party applications are compliant with the restore point API, the installation of these will also trigger the automatic creation of a restore point. These restore points can also be manually triggered if you know that you're about to do something a little dangerous.

The restore point records the Registry, local profiles, COM+ database, Windows protected files, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) database, ...

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