Start the System Restore Tool from a Command Prompt in Windows XP

Windows XP includes the System Restore tool, but you cannot start the System Restore tool from a Recovery Console prompt. Because of this, it may be useful to start the System Restore tool when you are unable to start your Windows XP-based computer normally or in Safe mode. This article describes how to start the System Restore tool when you are unable to start your Windows XP-based computer normally or in Safe mode.

Starting System Restore Tool from Command Prompt

  1. Start your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
    NOTE : You must log on as the administrator or a user that has administrator rights.
  2. At the command prompt, type %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe , and then press ENTER.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to begin restoring your computer to a previous, functional state.

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