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How to Use Windows’ System Restore

To add to the series How To Clean Your Sluggish Computer…

If you followed every step in the series – How to Free Up Disk Space on Your Computer’s Hard DriveSpeeding Up Your Internet Explorer BrowserCleaning Hard to Find Problems in Windows ExplorerHow to Stop Programs from Running in Scheduled Tasks, and Rearranging and Compressing Files for Increased Speed – and for some reason you want to go back and start all over, you can do what is called a System Restore.

System Restore – System Restore is a component of Microsoft’s Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, but not Windows 2000,[1] operating systems that allows for the rolling back of system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc., to a previous state in the event of system malfunction or failure.

The Windows Server operating system family does not include System Restore. The System Restore built into Windows XP can be installed on a Windows Server 2003 machine, [2] although this is not supported by Microsoft. [Source: Wikipedia]

To take your computer back to where it was before you began the clean up process, follow these steps:

1. Close all open programs and files.
2. From your task bar, go to Start – All Programs.
3. Click on Accessories.
4. Click System Tools.
5. Click System Restore.
6. Click Restore my computer to an earlier time.
7. Click Next.
8. On the calendar, click a date that has bold text.
9. In the right table, click on a restore point.
10. Click next.
11. To confirm selected restore point, click next. System Restore will shut down Windows, and will restart after the restoration is complete.

As mentioned in the previous post, if you have followed every step in this series and your computer is still running slow, it may be time for you to consider purchasing a new computer system. Remember to make sure you get someone who is great with technology to help you transfer the files from your old computer to your new computer.

Additional resources: Is This Thing On?: A Late Bloomer’s Computer Handbook


How to Stop Programs from Running in Scheduled Tasks

How to Stop Programs from Running in Scheduled Tasks is the fourth in a series of tips and advice on cleaning your sluggish computer.

Task Scheduler – Task Scheduler is a component of Microsoft Windows that provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals. It was first introduced in the Windows 95 Plus! pack as System Agent [1] but was renamed to Task Scheduler in Windows 98. The Windows Event Log service must be running before the Task Scheduler starts up. [Source: Wikipedia]

Ready to find out if you have tasks scheduled that you may not have assigned?

1. From your task bar, go to StartAll Programs.
2. Click on Accessories.
3. Click System Tools.
4. Click Scheduled Tasks.
5. View the Scheduled Tasks that are scheduled to run in the right pane.
6. Click on the Scheduled Task that you want to delete. Note: Do not attempted to delete Add Scheduled Tasks. This is the Scheduled Task Wizard.
7. When the Scheduled Task that you want to delete is highlighted. Hit the delete key, and when asked if you want to send the file to the recycle bin, click Yes. The files will be sent to the recycle bin.
8. Repeat steps 7 through 8 for each Scheduled Task that you would like to delete.
9. When you are done click the red “X” in the upper right corner of the window.

You are truly almost done cleaning your system.  Tomorrow you will rearrange and compress files to increase the speed of your computer.

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