How to start System Restore when you can’t boot into XP

  1. Restart the computer and press and hold F8 during startup to bring up the options menu

  2. Select "Safe mode with a command prompt"

  3. If you have multiple operating systems installed, select the correct instance of XP

  4. Log on with an administrative account

  5. At the command prompt, type

    %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

    and press ENTER

  6. Follow the on-screen instructions

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