One thing about Windows XP that makes it a good system to use is the system restore option. But while it is present, not many people know how to use it properly. For people using a PC that don’t bother to set a restore point, chances are it is useless. Perhaps it can as far as placing you on the first day that you installed the operating system. Others turn it off, since among the issues would be contamination coming from viruses and malware that go along each time you backup your entire PC system.
System restore is the easiest way to get out of problems like crashes or failure to load of your OS. It sounds easy to do but the thing is it all depends on at which point you had backed up everything, including programs and files that you had made. So if there is something that may be a problem, it would be these two areas. But considering that you only need to install the programs and at the worst scenario, redo the files you had lost (assuming you did not save any backups).
In all, system restore is a privilege but there are people who would choose to format and install a fresh operating system. If you think of it, it is logical. If problems persist during your last use, then chances are they will occur again. It is hard to trace them but at least with a new formatted PC, you have lesser problems and correct the errors starting from scratch.