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How To Start Windows XP System Restore From A Command Prompt

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#1 morbidbutterfly


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Posted 14 October 2008 - 02:54 PM

System Restore is a great utility to help "roll back" your Windows XP system to an earlier state, undoing any system changes that may have caused an issue. Often times though, a problem is so bad that entering Windows XP normally or even in Safe Mode is not possible so System Restore can not be run. Fortunately, you can run System Restore from a command line interface without needing to fully load Windows XP. 1. Boot to Windows XP Safe Mode With Command Prompt. 2. At the command prompt, type C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press Enter. 3. Follow the instructions given to perform the System Restore process.

#2 TomGL2


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Posted 18 October 2008 - 03:34 AM

At the command prompt, type C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

That will work in many instances, but not all, because Windows XP is not always installed in a folder named Windows or on the C: drive.  A better alternative is


This variation works regardless of the installation folder or drive.

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