How to Fix the System Restore Not Working in Windows XP Pro

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How to Fix the System Restore Not Working in Windows XP Pro
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System Restore is an important Windows XP Pro utility that enables you to reverse changes that you made to your computer. It is especially important for reversing negative changes that malicious programs such as viruses make in the registry or in system folders. If you are unable to create restore points or restore your computer to an earlier time, a few simple troubleshooting steps and guidelines can repair this vital system tool.

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  1. 1

    Double-click "My Computer" to launch Windows Explorer and double-click the "C:" drive. Click the "Tools" menu located on the top and click "Folder Options" to launch the Folder options dialogue box. Click the "View" tab and click the "Show hidden files and folders" radio button. Click "OK" to save the changes.

  2. 2

    Double-click the "Windows" folder to open it. Scroll through the Windows folder to locate the "Inf" folder. Double-click the "Inf" folder to launch it.

  3. 3

    Scroll through the "Inf" folder and locate the "SR.INF" file. Right-click this file and click "Install" to repair System Restore. Follow the guided prompts to complete the repair. When prompted, restart your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • Reinstalling System Restore will delete all existing restore points

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