How to Restore XP to Factory Settings

Windows XP comes with a system-restore facility that enables the restoration of the system to any chosen point. This is particularly handy in case of a virus attack that cannot be fixed by anti-virus programs. Follow these basic tips to restore XP to the factory settings.

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Save and close all programs that are being currently used.

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Point to Start and then Accessories, then click on System Tools.

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From the proffered menu, select "Restore My Computer to an Earlier Time." Then click "Next."

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From the following menu, a calendar, select the time to which you want to restore your system. Then click "Next."

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Confirm the restore point (in red), ensure all programs are closed and click "Next." This will begin the restoration process.