Windows XP – Start System Restore from the command prompt

Windows XP

This will help you troubleshoot the System Restore tool when it cannot run from a Recovery Console prompt.

Start the System Restore tool at a command prompt

1. Restart your computer, and then press F8 during the initial startup then start your computer in Safe Mode with a command prompt.

For additional information about the Safe mode with a command prompt, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 315222

2. Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.

3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:

4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.