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How to undo changes with System Restore

How to undo changes with System Restore

How to undo changes with System Restore

In the case you come across any issues, before reinstalling Windows 10, you roll back changes using a restore point to get up and running again.

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Create a restore point, and click the result System Properties.
  3. Click the System Restore button.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Select the most recent known working restore point that will help you to fix the current problem.
  6. Click the Scan for affected programs button to see the applications that will be removed if they’re installed after the restore point was created.
  7. Click Close.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Click Finish.

Once you’ve completed the steps, your device will go back in time to a previous state where everything was working correctly.

Using a restore point when your device won’t boot

The previous steps went over how to use a restore point when you still have access to the desktop. However, there will be times when you may need to use System Restore because a system change is preventing your device from starting.

If you unable to start your computer, it’s possible to use the system advanced options to access System Restore, which you can do with these steps:

  1. Try to start your PC three times to trigger automatic repair on Windows 10.
  2. Click on Advanced Startup.
  3. Click on Troubleshoot.
  4. Click on Advanced options.
  5. Click on System Restore.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Select the most recent known working restore point that will help you to fix the current problem.
  8. Click the Scan for affected programs button to see the applications that will be removed if they’re installed after the restore point was created.
  9. Click Close.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Click Finish.

If you can’t get to the automatic repair environment, you can boot your device using a bootable media, click Next, click the Repair your computer button, and then follow the above instructions.

Wrapping things up

While we’re focusing this guide on Windows 10, System Restore has been around for years, and you can use the same instructions on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.

Also, remember that this feature isn’t replacement for a full backup or to reset your device to factory defaults. If your computer encounters a hardware problem, you won’t be able to use this feature to recover, and it’s likely that you may lose your files.

 

See How to Create System Restore Point

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