How To Use System Restore within Windows 7

System Restore within Windows 7

System restore in Windows 7 is a great tool for helping you get back from all kinds of problems you maybe having with your computer.

Maybe you have installed some kind of software that has made your computer act strangely or a Windows update has had a bad effect on your pc.
Windows system restore is also a great safety net when you know you are about to make changes on your computer.

Before you alter or install that software creating a system restore point gives you somewhere to go back to if you are not happy with the results.
I’ll now show you how to roll back to an earlier system restore point if you are using Windows 7.

I cover how to create the restore point in the video which you will find at the bottom of this post.
Please make sure that any important data you may have on your computer is backed up before following this walkthrough or video!
  1. From the Windows 7 desktop left click Start.
  2. In the start menu left click All Programs.
  3. From the All Programs list find the Accessories folder.
  4. Left click Accessories folder.
  5. Go down the list and left click System Tools folder.
  6. From the list of programs in the system tools folder left click System Restore.
  7. In the dialog box that appears left click Next.
  8. From the list of restore points your computer has saved left click on a date and time before you noticed your computer had a problem
  9. Once you have selected your restore point you can check which programs will be effected by the roll back by left clicking Scan of affected programs.
  10. Once you are happy with where your computer will be rolled back to left click Next.
  11. You will now be asked to confirm your restore point.
  12. Left click Finish to begin the system restore.
Your computer will now be rolled back to the date and time you selected and will need to re-boot in order to complete the restore process.
For more information on creating a restore point please watch the video below.