Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
This week I took a closer look at the Windows Me System Restore function, one of the few new features in Windows Me. System Restore acts as a safety net, allowing you to return your system to a previously known (working) state in the event that an application or driver installation wreaks havoc with the system. It's not a backup program, like Microsoft Backup, and it shouldn't be used instead of one.
System Restore is designed to automatically monitor and record changes made to the core Windows system files and to the registry. System Restore can then allow you to undo a change that caused a problem in your system. This is accomplished by periodically recording a "Restore Point" (or System CheckPoint) that gives you the ability to roll your system back to the point in time when your computer was known to function properly.
You must remember that System Restore is not intended to be an "uninstaller" (or a backup program). If Windows does not function properly after installing software or drivers, you should use the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel to remove the software before using System Restore.
You can read the full article on the Windows-Help.NET Web site.
Dell recalls around 27,000 notebook batteries
Last week Dell started a voluntary recall of certain batteries it sold for use with some Latitude and Inspiron notebook computers. These batteries can short circuit, even when the battery is not in use, potentially causing them to become very hot, release smoke and possibly catch fire.
The batteries were also sold separately, sometimes in response to service calls. The batteries were shipped to customers between June 22 and September 15, 2000 (in North and South America) and between June 22 and October 4, 2000 (in Europe, the Middle East and Africa).
Sanyo Electric made the potentially defective batteries for Dell. One incident of fire had been reported, prompting Dell to issue the recall.
For more information, see the Dell Web site.