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How to Restore Factory Settings in Windows® XP®

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Get to know more about restoring factory settings in Windows XP

Windows XP is an Operating System developed by Microsoft. Microsoft provides a lot of features through Windows XP and it is one of the most user friendly operating system available. Factory settings means bringing the computer back to the previous fresh state when you first bought it. At this time the computer includes the Operating System with all the necessary third-party software. You have to perform a clean install the operating system on the hard disk. So there will not be any junk third party software and the computer can bring back to absolutely fresh state. Factory settings mean restoring the computer to the previous settings from the control panel.

Here we are going to discuss about the issues that might be occur while using restore factory settings feature in Windows XP:

  • System Restore
  • Recovery issues
  • Clean install issues

System Restore

System restore is the built in tool used for restoring factory settings. This is the excellent application which brings the computer back to the previous state without loss of data. After a clean install, you can create a system restore point. In case of a system crash you can restore the computer back to that fresh sate without loss of data. Major drawback of this program is this will not remove all the unwanted files from the hard disk. Junk software might remain the same. But it will roll back registry, hence system performance will be improved.

Recovery issues

Some third party software can also be used for recovery process. They will also bring the computer or Operating System back to the previous state. Almost all the computer comes with recovery software. HP and DELL machine have its own recovery software. Using recovery tools is not similar to repairing Windows XP. While doing this you may loss all your data. While repairing Windows XP the system files will be renewed but data remain unchanged. This is the major issue that might be occurring while trying to achieve restore factory settings using third party software.

Clean install issues

Another option for achieving Windows factory settings is clean install Windows XP. This requires Windows XP CD and if you have a hidden patrician, you will not be able to perform clean install. Change all important data from the drive containing Operating System drive. Otherwise all the data might loss during the process. After that you can start booting Operating System from the CD. This will repair all the corrupted files in better way. Also this method will improve computer performance. Step by step instructions and tutorials for clean install are available on the Internet.

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