Performing a System Restore in Windows
System restore is a feature available in all versions of the Windows operating system, except for Windows XP Home, that allows the user to revert their computer back to a previously saved state. This can be used to fix problems caused by programs, drivers, viruses, or other malicious software. A system restore will not affect any of your personal files or data; however, it can cause programs and drivers to become uninstalled.
To use System Restore, first open the System Restore window by typing “system restore” into the Start menu search bar and selecting the first result. You may also access it through the Control Panel by clicking System and Security > System. Next, click the “System Restore” button located near the top of the window.
You will be presented with two options: “Recommended Restore” and “Choose a Different Restore Point”. The “Recommended Restore” option will use a recent restore point if one is present; otherwise, you can choose the “Choose a Different Restore Point” option to select a different restore point from the list of available restore points. Once you’ve selected the desired restore point, click the “Next” button to continue.
You will then be prompted to confirm that you want to proceed with the restore. Click “Finish” to begin the process. Windows will then prompt you to restart your computer. Upon restarting, the system restore will be performed and you should have a functioning computer.
It’s important to note that there is no guarantee that a system restore will fix your problem. If the issue persists after performing a system restore, you may need to take additional steps to resolve the issue. If you find yourself in this situation, we recommend downloading and running WinUtilities Undelete, a free tool that can help you recover accidentally deleted files and restore them to their original locations. WinUtilities Undelete can also be used to permanently delete files, making them unrecoverable.