A tool which allows the automatic monitoring and recording of any changes which are made to the core Windows system files and to the registry is known as System Restore.  If a change brings an imbalance in the system then System Restore can undo the system to a point in time when your computer was known to function correctly. For instance, your important data is lost and if your computer is not working, System Restore can bring back that information which might be very crucial for you.

Essentials One must be logged on to Windows with a user account that is a computer administrator to complete the following steps. If a new program has made the computer to act randomly, and uninstalling the new program did not help, you can try the Windows XP System Restore tool.

If there is no previously set restore point in System Restore, computer cannot be restored to a previous state. In case of uncertainty or restore point is not set, Support Center should be contacted.

In order to start System Restore using the Command prompt follow these steps: at first, computer needs to be started followed by the pressing and holding of F8 key during the initial startup to start the computer in safe mode with a Command prompt. Next, the arrow keys should be used to select the Safe mode with a Command prompt option. In case you are prompted to select an operating system, use the arrow keys to select the appropriate operating system for your computer, and after that press ENTER.

One has to log on as an administrator or with an account that has administrator identification. At the command prompt, you must type%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe, and subsequently press ENTER. Lastly, the instructions should be followed which appear on the screen to restore the computer to a working and functional state.

In order to access System Restore tool with an additional safe mode option, the Microsoft Help and Support Web site can be visited and the article “A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP” can be referred to.

Running the windows using the command prompt is just a few steps. But the instructions need to be followed properly. A step by step guidance is available for the users. Starting System Restore in safe mode with command prompt is easy. But, in case, the above methods did not resolve your issue, you may want to ask someone you know for help, or you may want to contact your ISP service or network administrator for help.