What is System Restore?
System Restore can be used to restore a computers system files to an earlier point in time. It can be4 used to undo system changes without affecting your personal data on files on the computer.
This can be useful when, for example, you have installed a program which adversely affects the Windows operating system, or other programs or drivers on your computer. Sometimes, uninstalling the program doesn't fix the issue, due to the Windows Registry becoming corrupted or retaining registry keys that are no longer needed. This is when Windows System Restore can be a useful tool to save you hours of trying to troubleshoot the issue.
Please note that System Restore is not a backup and recovery solution, and you cannot restore your data files using this tool.
How do I use System Restore?
- 1. Open System Restore by clicking the Start button
- 2. In the search box, type System Restore, and then, in the list of results, click System Restore.
- 3. If you are prompted for an administrator password, enter the password.
- 4. On the System Restore Window, click Next
- 5. A list of System Restore points is displayed on the next screen
- 6. Choose a Restore Point. This is usually a point in time before the issue occured on your computer. Click Next
- 7. On the next screen review the selections, and click Finish if you would like to proceed with the System Restore.
- 8. Your computer will restart automatically to complete the System Restore.