System Restore is an essential feature of Microsoft Windows. It helps to restore your computer to an earlier date if you face any problem with your computer. It is very effective to solve most of the serious computer problems which prevent your computer from normal working. This tutorial explains how to do a System Restore on Windows 10 and older versions.
Things to know before doing a System Restore
There are a couple of things you should know about System Restore which often confuses many people.
- During a System Restore all of your data remains safe. So your pictures, videos or any other important documents remains safe.
- System Restore only reverse any configuration changes made to Windows files and settings.
- System Restore usually takes 10-30 minutes to complete.
The process of doing System Restore is same for all versions of Windows. So no matter you are using Windows 7,8.x or Windows 10, you have to follow the same method. The only difference is the way to launch the System Restore utility.
Please note, to restore your computer to an earlier date System Restore should be enabled on your computer otherwise, you will not be able to restore your computer.
Windows 10 users: By default, System Restore is disabled on Windows 10. So if you have not enabled it before then now you cannot use System Restore. But still, it is highly recommended to enable System Restore so you can use it in future.
Where is System Restore in Windows 10, 8 and 7
Follow these instructions to open System Restore on different versions of Microsoft Windows.
Windows 7: Start >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> System Restore
Windows 8: Click Start and the type System Restore in the search box.
Windows 10: Type System Restore in the Cortana Search bar.(located near to start button as shown below). Then
click “Create a restore point.”
Now you have learned how to access system restore utility on different versions of Windows. The next part of this tutorial explains how to do a System Restore on Windows 10 and older versions.
How to do a System Restore on Windows 10, 8, 7
After launching System Restore as described in the previous step, follow the steps below to do a system restore.
Click System Restore button as shown below.
System Restore wizard will be launched which will guide you throughout the process to restore system files and settings.
- Click Next, and you will see a list of available restore point along with dates on which these restore points were created.
- Choose a date when your system was working fine and hit the next button.
- On the next window select the drive which you want to restore.
- If your Windows is installed on C drive, then choose Drive C and click Finish button.
- Now Windows will do its job to restore your settings and files. Just sit back and let Windows do its job.