You can perform system restore when there is something wrong with the operating system on your computer. System restore offers an effective solution for corrupted Windows OS fixing without reinstalling system. Simply say, when you perform system restore on your computer, it will restore the PC to the previous system backup or the mode when you created the system restore point. After system restore, all the current data on the system partition will be replaced by the backup data. In other words, the new added data to the system partition after creating restore point will get lost after system restore. Then, how can you recover lost files after system restore? In this situation, you can use data recovery software to restore all lost files after system restore.
If you want to know the reason why files got lost due to system restore, you need to know how system restore works on your PC. System restore is a method to restore your computer’s operating system back to previous state when you created the system restore point or when the system still works fine. Usually, system restore aims to restore the Windows system to restore point without reinstalling system, modifying registry and settings, or damaging any data when you run into problem like Windows system crash, failing to installing new program and driver, or other similar problems.
Usually, people might do system restore when they encounter problem on Windows system and have no idea on how to fix it. Therefore, you can do a system restore on Windows PC so that you are able to restore your computer to previous state before the issue occurred by following guide below:
Method 1: System Restore with Windows System Restore Tool
If you want to do system restore with Windows built-in system restore tool, you should create restore point in advance. When you meet any system problem on your computer, you can resort the system to restore point.
To create system restore point on Windows XP computer, you just need to: click "Start" > "Programs" > "Accessories" > "System Tools" > "System Restore" > click "Create a restore point" and then click "Next" button > give a useful name to the restore point and wait before the restore point is created successfully.
As long as you have successfully created a restore point when your computer was working fine, you can restore the system to restore point when it suffers any problem. Follow this step to do system restore point on Windows XP: click "Start" > "Programs" > "Accessories" > "System Tools" > "System Restore" > select the restore point you want to restore the system back to and click "Next" button to complete the system restore
Method 2: system restore with third-party tool
You can also rely on some system restore tool to do Windows system restore when it stops working normally or even it is corrupted.
You may lose some important data after system restore since you did not make backup, since system restore will restore your Windows system to previous mode. Or sometimes, you lose data since you meet some problem in system restore point due to unknown reasons. If you lose any data after system restore, you have chance to get back what you need to by using iCare Data Recovery. It is a free program which enables you to resolve different kinds of data loss problem as long as the data is not overwritten by new added files.
Step1. Download and install the software on your computer. Launch the software and select a proper scan mode.
Step2. Select the partition to scan for lost files.
Step3. Preview and save the files you need to recover.