My Computer Won't Do a System Restore

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My Computer Won't Do a System Restore
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Several things keep computers from completing a system restore, but conflicts in the main drive of the computer are usually the cause. Installation of new software can also cause conflicts in a computer, keeping it from completing a system restore. Programs that continue running for a few minutes after termination may also hinder a system restore.

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    Press the "crtl," "alt" and "del" buttons at the same time on the keyboard. Highlight all the items listed in "Windows Task Manager" and click "End Task." This manually closes all programs running on the computer. After closing all programs, make a restore point.

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    Click the "Start" icon. Click "Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and "System Restore." Select "Create a Restore Point."

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    Type in a description reminding you why you created this restore point. Call it "everything working," or "before adding new software." Click "Create." If it creates a restore point, you know the restore program works.

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    Click on the "Start" icon. Click on the icons in this order "Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and then "System Restore." Select "Restore My Computer to Earlier Date." Choose a date on the calendar that is in bold type. Click on the date. Answer the query, "Do you want restore your computer to earlier date." Tell the computer "Yes." The computer acknowledges the completion of the system restore. If the computer restores properly, you are done.

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    Shut down the computer if it hasn't restored. Turn the computer back on while tapping the F8 key. The computer opens up in safe mode. The words "Safe Mode" appear in each corner of the screen.

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    Click on start once the computer is in safe mode . Click on the icons in this order "Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and then "System Restore." Click on the preferred restore date, and tell the computer "Yes." Having a computer in safe during a system restore allows computers to manually override programs that might be conflicting. Shut down the computer after it restores. Turn the computer back on. If a message appears asking, "Start computer normally," select that option. If the computer doesn't restore, bring it to a computer repair store.

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