How Do I Restore to a Previous Date on a Computer?

The Windows Restore Point feature provides a safety net against catastrophic failure of the operating system by periodically saving the computer's state. You can then call upon these saves, known as "restore points," in the case of a severe malware infection, system file corruption or hardware driver damage. Once invoked, the restore point reverts the computer to a particular previous state, but not without leaving some programs unaffected. Accessing the system restore function is a straightforward process.

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Click "Start" and type "System Restore" into the search box.

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Click the "System Restore" result.

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Provide your Administrator password when prompted.

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Click the "Recommended Restore" option, then "Next."

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Review the list of programs and files that will be affected, and click "Finish" if acceptable.