Windows System Restore

System Restore is a system recovery tool that allows you to reverse the changes that were made to the Windows operating system. It works like an Undo button but for changes that were made to system files and settings like drivers, registry keys, installed programs and so on.

System Restore does not backup and restore documents, pictures and other personal files on your computer.

A restore point can be created automatically or manually, depending on the actions of the user.

By default Windows System Restore is turned on and makes periodic snapshots of your system drive, known as restore points, each time you make any significant changes to the system such as the installation/uninstallation of a new driver or software or when Windows updates are installed.

This is done in the event there are problems sometime after Windows or updates were installed and the user needs to rollback Windows to that previous installation/restore point. You can also create restore points manually, any time you think it is necessary.

Creating a Restore Point

Below are the steps for how to create a restore point manually at any time.

Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista

To create a restore point in Windows Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista, follow the steps below:

  • Click Start, find Computer (or My Computer or This PC), right-click and select Properties.
  • On the left, select System protection option (administrator permission required) and then, click the Create button.

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  • In the System Protection dialogue box, type a description, and then click Create.

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  • Once the process is done click the close button.

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The restore point was created and you can use it to revert back your system, in case you encounter issues at any time in the future.

Windows XP

To create a restore point in Windows XP, follow the steps below:

  • Click Start\All Programs\Accessories\System Tools and then System Restore.
  • In the System Restore window select the Create a restore point option and click the Next button.

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  • Enter a description for the restore point in the Restore point description text field and click the Create button.

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  • Once the process is done click the close button.

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The restore point was created and you can use it to revert back your system, in case you encounter issues at any time in the future.

Restoring

To restore a restore point in any version of Windows, follow the steps below:

  • Click Start, find Computer (or My Computer or This PC), right-click and select Properties.
  • On the left, select System protection option (administrator permission required) and then, click the system Restore button.

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  • Click on next button.

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  • Recommended Restore is the default choice. This restore is the most recent restore point and the best place to start. Alternatively click on Show more restore points, highlight the desired one and click Next.

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  • Then Click Finish

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  • You will prompted with the below message, click on Yes to start the restore process.

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  • Once the system restore is complete, your computer will restart and notify you if it was successfully completed or not.

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Please leave your comments below with your thoughts or alternative methods.

Nik

Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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