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How To Perform a System Restore in Windows

Published at 02/21/2012 04:59:37


When it comes to computers, we all have our fair share of technical problems and difficulties. One of the most commonly performed tasks is performing a Windows system restore. A Windows system restore is a feature offered that will restore your computer to an earlier point in time. It does not effect personal files, like your documents, photos or email accounts. Often, a system restore will take care of any technical problems you may be currently having with your computer.

Step 1

The first step is to make sure you're logged in as the administrator of your computer through your Windows system. Once logged in, you will need to find the system restore menu. The system restore is located through your 'start' menu. All you need to do is use your mouse, and click on your 'start' menu in Windows. From there, choose the 'all programs' option. You then will need to browse and find the label 'accessories' and click on that. Lastly, click on 'system tools', followed by 'system restore'.

Step 2

You now should be on the 'system restore' menu in your Windows system. Once you've reached the welcome page for your system restore, you will need to click 'restore my computer to an earlier time', followed by clicking 'next' on your screen.

Step 3

You then will see a calendar on your system restore page. From there, click on one of the bold dates, which means there is a restore point for your Windows system, for that specific date. You then will need to confirm the date you've chosen and click the 'next' button.

Step 4

Once you've clicked the 'next' button, your computer will go throughit's restore process for your Windows system. The process takes about one minute and is a fairly speedy process. Once it's gone through the restore process, your computer will automatically shut itself down and restart itself.

Step 5

Once your computer has booted itself back up, you will then need to wait till the log in screen appears. Once it appears, re-log in as the administrator once again. The restoration completion page should automatically pop up for you, if the process was successfully completed. The restoration completion page will inform you that your Windows system has been successfully restored to the date you've chosen it to be restored to. If the restoration did not go as planned, you will also see the option to 'choose another restore point' and to 'undo the restoration point'.


If you prefer to do the research on your own and find other methods of doing a system restore on your Windows system, you can simply go to your 'start' menu, then to 'help and support', followed by typing the words 'system restore' into the search box. There are a couple ways that you can perform a system restore but the above is one of the easiest ways. If you have any issues with restoring your Windows system, you will need to get in contact with Microsoft Customer Support either through telephone, email or through online chat.