We all use our laptops and desktops every day and it has become a necessity with time. We need to install new programs and files and browse the internet and while doing so your system can behave abnormally or too slow. System Restore is a feature of Windows that automatically backs up system and registry files when you install new software or drivers so that if you feel any change in the system’s performance you can restore it to the point when the software or driver was not present. There can be a lot of reasons for which you might want to use system restore in Windows 7,8, and 10, it might solve your problem.
What System Restore does is it helps you to restore your computer's system files to an earlier point in time. It creates a restore point just before the date and time when you started noticing problems in your system. It uses a feature called system protection which regularly creates and saves restore points on your computer.
System Restore can be used to recover Windows system files, programs, and registry settings installed on your system. It also makes changes to batch files, scripts, and all the other types of executable files created on your system. It does not affect your files and they remain the same. But system restore cannot help you to restore your files like e-mail, documents, or photos if they are lost.
To create a backup or restore point you need to follow the steps given below:
Step 1 Click on the ‘Start’ button on your desktop. Once the start menu appears, right-click on the option ‘Computer’.
Step 2 A drop-down menu appears. Click on ‘Properties’ which opens up a new ‘System and Security screen’.
Step 3 In the new screen click on ‘System Protection’ present on the left side of the screen. A new window appears named ‘System Properties’.
Step 4 Click on the ‘Create’ option available at the bottom to create a backup or restore point. A new screen appears asking for the description of the restore point.
Step 5 Enter the description you want to give in the space provided and then click on ‘Create’. A menu appears which shows you the status of the creation of restore point. The time take to create the backup or restore point depends on the amount of data and the performance and speed of your system etc.
Step 6 Once the creation of backup has been completed, a message appears saying the creation of the restore point has been completed. Click on the ‘Close’ option to complete the process.
Deleted files can be easily recovered with backups. Windows creates backup files automatically from time to time. To restore files follow the steps shown below:
Step 1 Right-click on the destination folder or drive where you lost your file. E.g. your file got deleted in ‘My Documents’, then right-click on ‘My Documents’. A drop-down menu appears.
Step 2 Scroll down and click on ‘Properties’. Doing so opens up a new window. In this new window, click on the ‘Previous versions’ tab present at the top.
Step 3 A new menu appears which has several backups for that particular drive or destination at different times. Select the backup which you want to restore by clicking on it once.
Step 4 Once you select the file, click on the ‘Restore’ option. A message appears asking are you sure you want to restore the data. Click on ‘Restore’.
Step 5 A message appears that the file has been successfully restored on your system. Click on ‘OK’ to complete the process.
1. It is generally advisable to use good antivirus software on your system to avoid any situations of using system restore.
2. It is advisable to scan the programs and drivers before installing it on your system to avoid the abnormal functioning of your system.
3. Multiple restore or backup points should be created so that the files and system can be recovered effectively in case of any malfunction of the system.