System Restore is an inbuilt tool, which is very useful to you at times. It comes incorporated with the Windows operating system to restore the computer to its normal functionality or roll back all settings to its original settings or to the previous restore point. It takes snapshots of important and critical system files, program files and the registry settings, which are then safely stored as restore points.
At times, when you install any unreliable program or driver on to your computer then the normal functionality of the computer will get disturbed and the computer may not work properly. This is the time where this valuable System Restore utility will be useful. What it does is; it simply returns your computer and programs to a time where it was working well and fine. By employing this methodology, you can prevent hours of time in troubleshooting the system headaches.
Note: System Restore will not have any impact on your personal or non-system files like documents, videos, audios, emails and many more.
System Restore utility can be used to take both manual and automatic restore points of the system files. When System Restore is set to automatic, it creates a restore point on weekly basis, but can even be configured to take on daily basis or monthly basis. However, you will get many third party tools to perform this operation but it recommended to use the inbuilt tool as other program may take much space to get installed and also impact on performance degradation of your computer. In order to access System Restore in different operating system you may have to follow different path as described below. Note that you will be prompted for system administrator password in order to access System Restore.
To create restore point:
In Windows 7
Start > right click on Computer and select properties > on the left panel click on System Protection > again select System Protection, then click on Create > in System Protection panel provide description and then select Create
In Windows XP
Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore > Create a restore point > Next
Restore your computer to earlier version using System Restore:
Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore > Restore my computer to an earlier time > Next > Select restore point and click on Next option
Undo last restoration
Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore > Undo my last restoration > Next
The above are the navigation paths through which you will come to know how to use Windows System Restore. However, before performing this system restore option, it is recommended to take complete data backup else, if any interruptions occur during the system restore process or your system crashes then you may lose all your data. If that happens, just use Remo Recover (Windows) software, the best data recovery software. It can easily recover lost data from PC or laptop after system restore in just few minutes with utmost ease.