How to Go Back to a System Restore Point

By Arthur Barnhouse

System Restore is a handy utility that, as its name suggests, allows you to restore your computer system to an earlier date. Of course, in order to work, your System Restore must be turned on and functioning properly. If it is, System Restore will track any changes that are made to your computer and automatically save your settings, registry and system files before any drastic modifications are made. For example, the system will automatically save before the installation of new software or an automatic update. Ultimately, going back to a previous restore point is a fairly simple procedure.

Step 1

Click on your desktop's "Start" button.

Step 2

Navigate to "All Programs." Click "Accessories" and "System Tools." Click on "System Restore" under "System Tools." This will open a new window.

Step 3

Select "Restore my computer to an earlier time." Go to the bottom of the window and click on "Next." This will take you to a new window that allows you to select the exact restore date from a calendar.

Step 4

Choose the date to which you wish to restore your system. Make sure you choose a date that is prior to the time you began experiencing problems, updated or installed new software. Click on the date and select "Next" at the bottom of the window.

Step 5

Confirm your restore point. If you wish to proceed with the restoration, click "Next" and close any programs you have running. If you wish to select a different date, click on "Back." After you select "Next," your computer will shut down and reboot. After the reboot, you will see a new window stating that your restoration is complete. Click "OK" to close the window.