Learn how to use System Restore to restore your Windows to an earlier time and overcome problems with your PC.

What is System Restore?

An easy to use recovery feature that is included with your Windows operating system. The System Restore takes a system wide snapshot of the state of your computer and its settings at predetermined intervals, user-defined instances and when a program automatically does this for you. These snapshots are referred to as Restore Points, which you will later be able to access using the System Restore utility.

So when you computer starts experiencing problems or isn’t working as expected, these Restore Points can then be used to restore your computer back to the state it was when they were created.

 

What kind of information do these Restore Points contain?

A backup of the Windows Registry, programs, program settings, drivers, system files and configurations.

User data like files and folders remain unaffected by this process, which means no loss of data!


How to Use System Restore to Restore your PC:

Windows XP users:

1. Start menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore

2. Select “Restore my computer to an earlier time” ; click Next

3 . Select a date from the calendar and choose a restore point from the right side ; click Next

4. Confirm restore point details ; click Next to start the restoration process!

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users:

1. Start button > type in ” system restore ” > Hit Enter

2. Choose a restore point and click Next

3. Confirm the details of the restore point and click Finish to start the restoration process!

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System Restore – Step 1

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System Restore – Step 2

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Things to remember:

 

1. The System Restore will require you to restart your computer

2. The System Restore utility can also be accessed from the Windows Safe Mode

3. Do not interrupt the system restoration process at any stage

 

How do I create restore points for my computer?

Windows XP users:

1. Start menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore

2. Select “Create a Restore Point” ; click Next

3 . Describe your restore point ; click Create


Windows Vista and Windows 7 users:

1. Start button > Control Panel > System Maintenance > System > System Protection

2. In the System Protection window, click on Create, describe your restore point, click on OK.

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Restore Point – Step 1

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Restore Point – Step 2

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Restore Point – Step 3

 

There you have it folks!

Your computer is up and running again in no time!

 

Happy computing,

PC Guru