Having recently read the forum extolling the benefits of alternative browsers I thought I would give "Firefox" a whirl.I could not get used to it so I uninstalled it,and bingo all my settings seemed to be "up the creek".So for the first time I used the "Windows "Restore .Now I realize you are all very experienced computer users and are thinking what is he wittering on about,but i think this an absolute fabulous facility.I have recently upgraded from Win 98 and so this is all new and exciting. Well done Microsoft!!!!
Just to add to Mr Mistoffelees warning, I too have experienced glitches in System Restore. It is an excellent facility, but never rely on it as an alternative to a full system backup with Drive Image or similar program, as it does have a tendency to not be available occasionally, and is no use at all in the event of Hard Disk failure.
If I may but in; yes Drive Image or Norton Ghost as you would now find more easily, is vastly superior to Ms back up. You use it to produce precise images of whole drives which you can put onto whatever medium you wish. Ms seems to not like DVDs and can't seem to cope with multuple CDs, and Ms suggest that you should first use your HHD for the back up and then copy that to CDs or DVDs using burning software if more than one CD or a DVD is needed, whereas Ghost/Drive Image just puts the whole lot on a sequence of CDs or DVDs if that is needed. In other words, the MS back up is a real pain.
Once you use Ghost/Drive Image you'll never look back!
And to add to the comments by It's Me, with todays H/D prices most people can afford to install a second one to store backups, and then CD/DVD's need only be used as a second backup for any really vital data.