How to Run System Restore in Windows 7

What if you recently installed some app or new program or what you thought was an update that made your computer a little wiggy and you just want an easy way to go back to a day your computer was happy?

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Windows 7 makes restore points for you automatically, before updates or before installing some programs. You can also create restore points manually before installing updates or programs or whenever you like. System Restore doesn’t always work like in cases such as rootkits or other nasty viruses, however, always try system restore first, here’s how: 

  • You can start System Restore by clicking on the Start (Windows Logo button.)

  • Then type in “System Restore” in the search box.

  • Click on System Restore at the top.

  • The System Window will open.

  • Click once on System Protection.

  • Click on the System Restore Button.

  • System Restore window will open.

  • Click Next.

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  • If the Recommended Restore Point Date is not displaying in your list of choices, Check mark “Show More Restore Points”. Note: If there are no restore points before the issue occurred, then System Restore will most likely not resolve your computer issue.

  • Click Next.

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  • Confirm that you selected the date and time you wanted and click the Finish button.

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  • Click Yes to Are you sure…

  • System Restore will prepare to restore your system.

  • If everything went well, after the computer has restarted, login to your user profile.

  • If you receive a small window stating that your System Restore completed successfully, click Close.

If System Restore fails, you could go back and try a different restore point, or try to restore your computer from the Advanced Boot Options – Repair My Computer. Or see How to Start Windows 7 in Safe Mode.

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