How to use System Restore in Windows 8

Create a system restore point

System Restore in Windows 8 is a great way to fix Windows 8 problems, slow PC or tackle problem software or malware. Our step-by-step guide to using System Restore in Windows 8 can be a good way to start fixing any Windows 8 problems.

When your computer starts to behave strangely or become unresponsive – typically after you’ve installed new software or made changes any system settings – wouldn’t it be great to press an undo button or go back in time to a point when everything worked fine?

System Restore in Windows 8 does just that. It returns your computer’s system files and programs to a earlier point in time to help get your computer running properly again. It won’t, however, affect your personal files such as email, documents, or pictures. These remain safe and unchanged.

System Restore uses ‘restore points’ that act like milestones in time for your Windows 8 PC. Windows automatically creates a restore point when you install new Windows updates and software, but you can create a restore point manually at any time. You can then choose which restore point System Restore uses to restore your PC.

Create a system restore point

Step 1  Move your cursor to the top right of the screen and, from the Charms menu, click Search, then type System Restore into the search box and click Settings.

Step 2  Click Create a restore point from the search results.

System Properties dialog boxStep 3  The System Properties window opens with the System Protection tab highlighted. Click Create to open the System Protection window.

Create a restore pointStep 4  Enter a name for your new restore point, and then click Create. Windows 8 creates a restore point with your chosen name. 

Step 5  Click Close and then click OK to close the windows

Restore your computer from a restore point

Use a restore point

Step 1  Move your cursor to the top right of the screen and, from the Charms menu, click Search, then type System Restore into the search box and click Settings.

Step 2  Click Create a restore point from the search results to open the System Properties window.

Step 3  Click System Restore. 

Step 4  Click Next at the System Restore window. 

Pick-a-restore-pointStep 5  The System Restore window lists the most recent restore points. To view more restore points, click the Show More Restore Points check box. Click a restore point to select it. 

Step 6  Click Scan for Affected Programs to see the programs that need to be reinstalled after you’ve used the selected restore point.

Confirm-your-restore-pointStep 7  Click Next to confirm your selected restore point. Then click Finish.

Step 8  Click Yes to confirm you wish to restore your system. System Restore begins reverting to the selected restore point. When it’s finished, your computer will restart using the previous system settings.

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