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PC tips: How to run System Restore

PC tips: How to run System Restore

System Restore helps to restore PC software files and settings to an earlier point by rolling back your computer settings that may have caused instability or sluggishness.

Is your computer system malfunctioning as a result of a certain changes you’ve made in the settings?

Have you found it difficult to revert the settings?

No need to worry much as Microsoft Windows provides an easy way to revert these settings using System Restore.

System Restore is a feature in Microsoft Windows that allows you to revert your computer’s state, including system files, installed applications, Windows Registry, and system settings, to that of a previous point in time, which can be used to recover from system malfunctions or other problems.

System Restore helps to restore software files and settings to an earlier point and time, by rolling back your computer settings in case you’ve installed software that causes PC instability or sluggishness.

System Restore will not affect personal files such as e-mail, documents, or photos. By loading Windows from a restore point, you can undo the negative effects of bad drivers and updates.

There are different ways to perform this restore depending on the Windows version you’re using. However, in this first edition of How To Run System Restore by Technology Times, we shall show you a basic methods using Windows 7: from the Control Panel.

Running System Restore from the Control Panel

  • Log on to your computer as an administrator.
  • Open the Control Panel by clicking Start, and then click Control Panel from the Start menu options.
  • When the Control Panel opens, click System and Security.
  • Click System.


  • Under the Control Panel Home menu, click System protection.


If your system uses administrator password, you may be prompted type your password. Type it and proceed. If you do not use password, you will be asked for confirmation, provide confirmation.

  • Click System Restore.
  • On the System Restore option box that will display, you will see the different restore points available. It is best you choose the Recommended Restore, which is the default choice, then click Next. This restore is the most recent restore point and the best place to start. To choose a different restore point, click Choose a different restore point, click Next.


  • From the list of available restore point displayed in the box that will show, click any of the restore date you desire and click Next.


  • To start the restore process, click Yes on the small box that will appear prompting confirmation.


  • Once the system restore is complete, your computer will restart.

When your computer restarts, it will display a message on a box informing you that the System Restore was successfully completed. Just click Close below the message.


It is important to note that if the most recent restore point doesn’t resolve the issue, you can select the next restore point and start the process all over again. Any software installed after the restore point will be lost and you’ll need to reinstall it.

Success Kafoi Journalist at Technology Times Media. Mobile: 08077671673 email: success.kafoi@technologytimes.ng

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