How to Use System Restore in Windows 7
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The use of system restore is to restore your computer system files in its earlier state or to the state when your computer works perfectly. There are times when you install software or driver to your system when suddenly your computer behave erratically. Maybe your first step in solving this problem is to rollback the driver you have just installed and uninstall the software that you think that might cause the problem, but what if this does not solve the problem. Your next step could be to use the system restore by windows to restore your computer to its earlier state. System restore does not affect your personal files such as your email, document or photos. In Windows 7 system restore can restore image from backups stored on hard disks, just like the restore points created by system protection. Even though system image backups contain both your system files and personal data, your data files won’t be affected by System Restore.
Using system restore requires that you logged in as an administrator otherwise your not able to do system restore on your system. To quickly check if your logged in with an administrator privilege double click the date and time located at the lower right of your windows 7 desktop or you can click start >> run and type “timedate.cpl” and click on the ok button.
If you are not logged in with an administrative privilege you’ll see a message similar to the error messege shown on the image below but if you are logged in with administrator privilege you will be able to continue in changing the time and date of your computer.
To start system restore Click on Start button then right click on Computer and then clicking properties. In the left pane of “View basic information about your computer” click on system protection.
How to create a System Restore point
To create a System Restore point, Click the System Protection tab, and then click Create button. In the System Protection dialog box type a description of the restore point you are about to create (as shown in the image labeled 1) and then click create.
Thats it you have just created your System restore point.
How to Restore your previously created system restore point
To undo system changes to your computer or restore your computer to previous state using system restore, Click the System Protection tab, and then click System Restore button. In the System Restore dialog box click on Choose a different restore pointso you can choose which restore point to restore then click on Next.
Here you can select the restore point that you want in the list also you can click on the Show more restore point checkbox to list all the restore point that you have created, scheduled restore point that windows 7 system restore have created and all the restore point that have been created automatically during the installation of certain softwares are all listed here. Click on Next button when you have chosen your restore point.
In the “Confirm your restore point” screen you are being ask to confirm your choice of system restore. When you’re completely sure that you have selected the correct restore point to restore then click on Finish button to confirm.
Click Yes to the Once started, System Restore cannot be interrupted. Do you want to continue? dialog box. System restore process could take several minutes to complete and your system will reboot when completed. When completed you’ll see a message System Restore completed successfully click on Close, Your system is now reverted to its previous state.