Bob , Sys restore in XP only saves and restores system files - nothing more and nothing less. But.........and there is always a but with Microsoft [LOL], watch how that sys restore file grows if you don't set it to some sort of limit - the first time I ran XP I didn't know about this and all of a sudden my C: partition had "lost" over 2 GB of free space. Limit the amount of restores you want otherwise....... P.S. You would be able to find the music files if.....they were not in temp storage, if they had already been saved to your hard disk they would not be lost. You can check this out, if you have the guts, in the following manner - A - Create a restore point manually. Give it a name you'll definitely remember B - Download a file and store it somewhere that you'll remember. C - Restart your comp and then do a restore sys maneuver. D - Check to see that the file you downloaded really does still exist. Let us know - that way we will know 2 things ..... 1. That what I say is true or false 2. That you have guts Have fun ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TTFN Vic "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ -----Original Message----- From: pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Bob Noble Sent: Tuesday, 11 February, 2003 08:40 To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Hi Pam, Actually the restore function is a very good program in xp. It's usually set to record a restore point about once a day. If you get a virus today, you could go in and restore it to yesterday, and the machine would not know the virus entered, and the virus would be dead, because the restore date was before the virus started, so therefore, no more. It basically tracks the system settings. A draw back would be that you just download 200 megs of music and you crashed and need to restore. You would not be able to find this music. Restore is also good when one wants to experiment, or install something new. To do this, click start, all programs, accessories, system tools, system restore. Follow the directions and set a restore point and name it say, wizardtry. Do the wizard. If you don't like how your system works after the wizard, just go to system restore and return it to the wizardtry restore point. It will reboot after a restore. I haven't used it a lot, but I find it very handy. Especially when someone says they got a virus, and I ask it they ran a restore yet, they do, and so far, the virus has been gone. I've been concerned about losing emails doing this, but somewhere I read yesterday that it doesn't effect your email. Bob Noble www.sonic.net/bnoble --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.449 / Virus Database: 251 - Release Date: 27/01/2003 To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.