Originally Posted by justinsn95
I bought some cheap HP new from wal mart back in 2000.. and it was quite unremarkable except for one feature that i really liked. It had something it called a destructive system restore, which would completely restore the computer to the state that it was in the day i first turned it on. everything good bad or ugly would be gone and it was as if i had just turned it on again for the first time. is this a hewlett packard thing.. or an XP thing? i am trying to figure out how to use this feature on another computer if i can.
Though XP does have a restore feature, it doesn't set back to the factory image. XP creates a restore point periodically and when you make a major change in hardware or software. When you restore to a point in time, it just looks at what changes you've made since the restore point you've chosen and reverses those changes. It leaves all of your personal data alone.
I've seen several manufacturers like, HP, Compaq, Packard Bell, etc supply a factory restore disc over the years to do what you were talking about. Lately, I had an Acer laptop that had a second partion on the HD with the factory image on it, so you didn't even need a CD to do it.
If you want to be able to restore back and start over, an easy way is to get a copy of Norton Ghost, set you pc up exactly like you want it and then ghost it to a 2nd HD. When you decide to set it back, just boot up with the ghost cd and restore it back. It only takes about 15 minutes to set it back.