How To Run System Restore in Windows 8

Many of my customers have asked me, “Where is System Restore located in Windows 8?” 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 roll back to the day your computer was happy? Don’t worry, Windows 8 still has System Restore.

Windows 8 offers tools such as restore, refresh or reset. Refresh is a great reset to Windows 8, however, although you keep your files, you can lose a few things such as settings, apps & programs except the ones that came pre-installed on your PC. Reset, totally resets Windows 8 back to the way it was when you brought your new PC home or installed Windows 8. Don’t run reset unless you have to or unless you’ve backed up your all your files to either cloud drives or an external hard drive.

Windows makes restore points for you automatically, before updates or before installing some programs. You can also create them 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:

1. On your keyboard press the Windows logo Key + W keys at the same time. (Or if you have a touch screen, swipe front in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap on Search.) The Search Settings will open on the right.
2. Type “Recovery” without the quotes in the search box.

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3. Click or tap on “Fix problems with your computer”
4. The Action Center window will open

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5. Click or tap on Recovery (If Windows asks for a Administrator password, type in the password or if User Account Control windows pops up asking if you want to allow the program to make changes to the computer, click or tap Yes.)
6. The Recovery Window will open

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7. Under the advanced recovery tools, click or tap on “Open System Restore”
8. The System Restore Window will open.

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9. Click or tap the Next button.

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10. Click or tap on the restore point date when your computer was happy.
11. Click or tap on Next

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12. Click or tap on Finish.

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13. Click or tap yes to continue.

Windows will prepare to restore, then your computer will shut down and say “Please wait while your Windows files and settings are being restored System Restore is initializing…” Be patient while system restore is running. Do NOT turn off or interrupt the restoration or files on your hard drive could become corrupted. If you had to run system restore from safe mode or from the System Recovery Options menu, it cannot be done, however, there is a way around that, by running System Restore again you can choose another restore point.

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After your computer restarts, click or tap on the desktop block on the start screen or press the windows logo key start + D keys on your keyboard at the same time to go to the desktop. If all went well, then you will get a small System Restore window “System Restore completed successfully. The system has been restored to…”(whatever restore point date and time you selected.) Your documents have not been affected.” Click or tap Close.

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