How to Use System Restore in Windows?

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Many of the computer users don’t know the benefits of restoring the computer. Most of the time they have to reinstall the Windows OS because they were not aware about the restore utility or to use system restore.

Restoration on a Windows computer is a very helpful feature in a Microsoft Windows computer. Many times when our windows get into the problem, the very first solution which comes to our mind is to restore the computer to the earlier date where it was working fine.

Why do we need System Restore?

A system restore is a Windows utility wherein you can restore the computer to the earlier date when it gets into the problem. Doing a restoration will not affect any of your documents, files, music, videos, or any important data that you have saved into the drives or folders.

Restoration will effect only to the Windows settings and features, but yes, you may have to reinstall software, if any installed after the restoration date that you have selected.

However, Windows will create its automatic restore point time to time but its better if you will create a system restore point manually within 15 days of time.

Make sure your system protection settings are enabled in order to do a system restore. So, you should know how Windows system restore works.

[Read: How to Turn on System Protection in Windows?]

In this article, you will see the step-by-step guide to use system restore in order to get your Windows to the earlier date.

The steps shown below will work properly on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10.

How to Initiate System Restore?

Follow the steps given below:

Step 1. Press Win + R to open Run dialog box.

Then type, control and click OK button. It will open the Windows Control Panel, on your screen.

RunStep 2. Go to the top right, by default, Windows show you as Category when you open Control Panel.

Change the option View by: to Small icons and it will expand all control panel items on the screen.

control panel

Step 3. Navigate to System and click on it to open. It will open the system configuration on your screen.

control panel

Step 4. Now, go to the left pane and click on System protection.

system protection

Step 5. A system Properties screen will come up. Click on System Restore.

use system restoreStep 6. You will get the System Restore Window on your screen. Click on Next button to continue.

restoreStep 7. On the next screen, it will ask you to choose restore point. Select one of from the given list in which your computer was running fine and then, click Next to continue.Step 8. Now at last it will ask you to confirm restore point. Check and confirm, then, click on Finish button to get this done.

Step 9. You will be prompted, Once started, System Restore cannot be interrupted. Do you want to continue?

You just need to click on Yes in order to continue.

The moment you will click on Yes, the restoration process will have started. It may take 5 – 15 minutes to complete the restore depending on the date you have selected.

Confirmation of Successful Restoration

Also, in this process of restoration, your computer will restart automatically and come back once restore process will be completed and show you the message that The system has been restored to the (date, time). Click on Close button.

So this is the way wherein you can restore your computer to the earlier date and resolve minor & major issues by using this restore utility.

NOTE: If you want to skip first five steps. Press Win + R to open Run dialog box. Then type, rstrui and click OK button. You will directly reach at Step 6.

Also, do not turn off your computer while restore process is going on after Step 9.

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