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System Restore in Windows

System Restore in Windows is a very helpful tool for fixing major issues in Windows. It lets you revert to a previous software, registry or driver configuration, called as a Restore Point. The restore point allows you to undo the last major change you made in Windows by taking your computer back to the way it was when the restore point was created.

Usually, the System Restore in Windows takes 10-30 minutes to undo/resolve an issue, depending on the type of the problem.

The System Restore tool is great for troubleshooting Windows issues. However, accessing the System Restore tool differs between various Windows versions.

 

Here, you will get to know to use System Restore in various Windows OS versions.

 

How to Use System Restore in Windows 10, 8/8.1

 

1. Open Control Panel. Right click on the Windows icon in bottom-left corner on task bar and click Control Panel to open.

System Restore in Windows

2. Click on System and Security in Control Panel.

3. In the System and Security window, click on System.

4. On the left, click on System protection.

5. In the System Properties window that appears, click the System Restore… button.

6. Click Next in the System Restore window.

Note: If you have performed a System Restore in past, then you may see both Undo System Restore option and Choose a different restore point option.

7. Select the restore point you want to use from the list and click the Next button.

Tip: If you’d like to see older restore points, check the Show more restore points checkbox.

8. Confirm the restore point you want to use on the Confirm your restore point window and click the Finish button.

9. Click Yes to the Once started, System Restore cannot be interrupted. Do you want to continue? Pop-up window.

10. System Restore will now begin reverting Windows to the state it was in at the date and time logged with the restore point that you chose in Step 7. Wait till your computer finishes the whole process and restarts.

11. Now, sign in to Windows and on the Desktop you will see a small System Restore window that says “System Restore completed successfully. The system has been restored to [date time]. Your documents have not been affected”.

12. Click the Close button.

13. Now, the System Restore is complete, check to see the issue you were trying to fix is actually corrected or not.

Note:
If System Restore doesn’t fix your issue, either repeat the steps by choosing some older restore point, if available or continue troubleshooting the problem.

If System Restore causes additional problem, then undo the changes. To undo a change, repeat steps 1 to 6 above and select Undo System Restore.

 

How to Use System Restore in Windows 7/Vista

 

1. To access System Restore in Windows 7/Vista, go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools.

2. Now, click on System Restore.

3. On the Restore system files and settings window, click Next.

Note: If you see two options – Recommended restore and Choose a different restore point on this window, then select Choose a different restore point and click Next.

4. Now, select the restore point you want to use and click Next.

Note: You can check the Show more restore points or Show restore points older than 5 days checkbox to see more restore points.

5. On Confirm your restore point window, click Finish. This will begin the System Restore.

Note: Save your work and close open programs, if any, because Windows will shut down to complete the System Restore process.

6. Click Yes to the Once started, System Restore cannot be interrupted. Do you want to continue? Pop-up window.

7. System Restore will now begin reverting Windows to the state it was in the restore point that you chose in Step 4. Wait till your computer finishes the whole process and restarts.

8. Now, log in to Windows and you’ll see the message System Restore completed successfully.

9. Click Close button.

10. Now, the System Restore is complete, check to see the issue you were trying to fix is actually corrected or not.

Note:
If the issue is not resolved, then repeat the steps above and choose some other restore point, if available.

If System Restore causes any problem, then undo the changes.

 

How to Use System Restore in Windows XP

 

1. To access System Restore in Windows XP, go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools.

2. Click System Restore.

3. Now, select Restore my computer to an earlier time and click Next.

4. Choose an available date (shown in bold) on the calendar on left.

5. Now, choose a restore point from the list on right and click Next.

6. On the Confirm Restore Point Selection window, click Next.

Note: Save your work and close open programs, if any, because Windows will shut down to perform the System Restore process.

7. System Restore will now begin reverting Windows to the state it was in the restore point that you chose in Step 5. Wait till your computer finishes the whole process and restarts.

8. Now, log in to your computer normally as you do. You’ll see the Restoration Complete window. Click Close.

9. Now, the System Restore is complete, check to see the issue you were trying to fix is actually corrected or not.

 

Remember, you can troubleshoot a lot of issues using the System Restore in Windows by using the restore points that revert your system back to the last change you have made.

 

Also Read: Complete Guide to Twitch streaming Your PC, PS4 and Xbox One

 

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