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Make System Restore A Snap
Windows XP Home and Professional

Advanced User Tip

You can write a little script that will make using System Restore quicker and easier. After you've completed this "tip" you'll have a little script on your desktop that you can run before making changes to the registry, or installing a major program like an anti-virus, firewall, or anti-spyware program. That way, if anything goes awry, you'll be able to restore you computer to a time right-before you make the registry changes or installed the program.

Here's how to create a script that will create a restore point when you double-click it:

1.  Using Notepad, type the following listing and save it with the file extension .vbs. Important! Make sure that you enclose the file name in quotation marks so Notepad doesn't add the .txt file extension to the name. For example "SystemRetore.vbs" or whatever you want to name it. Whatever you call it, it must end in .vbs. If you don't enclose the entire file name in quotes Notepad will save it as a plain text file and it will be useless to you.

Copy and paste only the text in "teal" below to a notepad file and save it as instructed above.

Set SRP = GetObject( "winmgmts:\\.\root\default:Systemrestore" )
CSRP = SRP.CreateRestorePoint( "Before Changes", 0, 100 )

2. Double-click the script file you just created, any time you want to create a new System Restore Point.

It only takes a few seconds to create a restore point this way. And no dialogs are shown to confirm that a Restore Point was created. If you did the script correctly, we assure you a restore point will be created when you double-click the script. If you want to double-check you can click "Start" "All Programs" "Accessories" "System Tools" "System Restore" and click "Restore My Computer To An Earlier Time" . You'll see the restore point you created (called "Before Changes") right there. Now be sure to cancel out of System Restore.

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