How to Make the Best Use of System Restore in Windows

When your Windows system goes wrong, if you have system restore points, you can easily roll back Windows to a previous good state. Thus, “System Restore” feature is extremely important. Now, this article will guide you to get the most out of it.

As mentioned in my previous article – “9 Handy Inbuilt Backup & Recovery Tools in Windows“, Windows provide users with a lot of internal backup and restore utilities. And “System Restore” is one of them. It can help users to resolve myriad compute issues, including system corruption, Windows misconfigurations as well as bad drivers, etc. It is exactly restoring the current malfunctioning system back to an earlier normal state. In brief, it plays a greatly important and beneficial role in Windows system protection. Now, in the followings, we give you a quick guide to make best use of this feature.

Make the Best Use of System Restore in Windows

1. Create System Restore Point

Not only will Windows auto create restore points when installing any programs, updates or changing system settings, but also users are allowed to create system restore points manually at will. Here are the concrete steps.

  1. Firstly, open “Start Menu” and click “Control Panel”.
  2. Then, in the new screen, click “System and Security” > “System”.
  3. Next, in the left panel, hit “System protection”.
  4. Lastly, in the popup dialog box, on “System protection” tab, click “Create” and follow onscreen wizards.

2. Restore System Restore Point

  1. In the “Start Menu”, click “All Programs” > “Accessories” > “System Tools” > “System Restore”.
  2. Then, in the popup dialog box of “System Restore”, click “Next”.
  3. Next, in the following screen, select one System Restore Point and finish it by instructions.

3. Recover Personal Files

Many users mistakenly think that System Restore can back up their personal files, too. Yet, actually, it will not. System Restore can only change all your system files, not delete or modify personal files. If you hope to recover deleted or corrupt files like damaged Outlook file, you can use the following means.

1) Apply “Previous Versions”

By default, Windows offers users “Previous Versions”. Thus, you can check if the folder where the deleted files has previous versions. If there are, you can restore it. Right click the folder and choose “Properties”. In the popup dialog box, you can see the “Previous Versions” tab.

2) Restore from Regular Backup

In addition, it is suggested to make regular data backups for your computer to an external drive or the cloud. If you have an updated backup, you can also check it to see if your lost files are over there. If so, just retrieve them from the backup.

4. Remove Virus/Malware

At times, system issues exactly result from viruses or malware. In this case, you may want to remove the malicious things from via “System Restore”. However, in fact, System Restore cannot remove the virus/malware. What you can resort to is the antivirus software on your PC.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql corruption and outlook repair software products. For more information visit

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