System Restore is one of the best features in the Microsoft Windows that allows the user to revert their computer’s state (including system files, installed applications, Windows Registry, and system settings) to that of a previous point in time, which can be used to recover the operating system, if it is malfunctioning or creating other problems.
This post will help you in creating a System Restore Point, Restore computer to earlier restore point and also help you to undo the changes which have been done by System Restore in Windows 10, Win 8.1 and Windows 7. When we install a fresh operating system, it automatically creates a system restore point and also periodically by default. By default the Windows also creates a system restore point, when it detects a major change to your OS – e.g. when you are installing Windows Updates, Drivers or at times Software installation.
System Restore uses a feature called System Protection, which is a feature of Windows OS that regularly creates and saves information about your computer’s system files, registry settings and previous versions of files. System Restore affects Windows system files, installed programs, registry settings, changes in scripts, batch files and other types of executable files – but the best part of is it does not affect personal files, means after restoring the OS to previous time is safe.
How to create a System Restore Point?
1. By default Windows creates system restore points automatically, but if you are planning for a major change and want to create a system restore point manually, open Control Panel and type System Restore in the search box.
3. Click “Create” and it will ask you to give it a name.
4. After entering the name of new system restore point, click “Create”.
5. The process of system restore creation will start and will take less than a minute.
6. One the process is completed, you will see “The restore point was created successfully message”.
7. Click “Close”.
8. Your System Restore Point has been created.
At any time in future, if can restore it in your computer to this state or any other System Restore Point which is created by default by OS.
How to restore Windows computer using System Restore?
1. Open Control Panel and type System Restore in the search box.
2. Click “Create a restore point” to open the System Properties box.
3. Click “System Restore”.
Note: You can also access the “System Restore” by typing the rstrui.exe in Run box and hit Enter to open System Restore.
4. System Restore window will be opened.
5. Click “Next”.
6. Latest System Restore points will be opened.
7. Check “Show more restore points” to show all the restore points which are available in the current operating system.
8. Select any Restore Point, to which you want to restore your computer, and click Next.
9. Confirm the System Restore Point by clicking on Finish.
10. It will give you a warning message “Once started, System Restore cannot be interrupted. Do you want to continue?”.
11. Click Yes to continue or No to discard the changes.
12. System Restore process will be started.
13. During the process, PC will automatically restart.
14. Once system restored successfully and PC restarted, you will see the following message, System Restore completed successfully.
How to Undo System Restore changes?
1. Start the System Restore by typing the rstrui.exe in Run box and hit Enter.
2. Click “Scan for affected programs”.
3. Here you can see the affected programs and drivers.
4. If you are not happy with last restored system point, then from Step 1, click Next and proceed further.