Dell PC Restore by Symantec restores your hard drive to the operating state it was in when you
purchased the computer. Dell PC Restore permanently deletes all data on the hard drive and removes
any applications installed after you received the computer. Use PC Restore only if System Restore did
not resolve your operating system problem. For instructions, see "Using Dell PC Restore by Symantec"
on page 104.
If you received an Operating System CD with your computer, you can use it to restore your operating
system. However, using the Operating System CD also deletes all data on the hard drive. Use the CD
only if System Restore did not resolve your operating system problem. For instructions, see "Using the
Operating System CD" on page 106.
Using Microsoft Windows XP System Restore
The Microsoft Windows XP operating system provides System Restore to allow you to return your
computer to an earlier operating state (without affecting data files) if changes to the hardware, software,
or other system settings have left the computer in an undesirable operating state. See the Windows Help
and Support Center for additional information on using System Restore. To access help, see "Windows
Help and Support Center" on page 13.
Make regular backups of your data files. System Restore does not monitor your data files or recover
The procedures in this document were written for the Windows default view, so they may not apply if you
set your Dell™ computer to the Windows Classic view.
Creating a Restore Point
1 Click the Start button and click Help and Support.
2 Click the task for System Restore.
3 Follow the instructions on the screen.
Restoring the Computer to an Earlier Operating State
If problems occur after you install a device driver, use Device Driver Rollback (see page 100) to resolve
the problem. If that is unsuccessful, then use System Restore.
Before you restore the computer to an earlier operating state, save and close any open files and exit any
open programs. Do not alter, open, or delete any files or programs until the system restoration is complete.
1 Click the Start button, point to Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools, and then click System
2 Ensure that Restore my computer to an earlier time is selected and click Next.
3 Click a calendar date to which you want to restore your computer.
The Select a Restore Point screen provides a calendar that allows you to see and select restore points.
All calendar dates with available restore points appear in boldface type.