Aug 22 2007

Working With System Restore

System Restore helps you restore your computer’s system files to an earlier point in time. It’s a way to undo system changes to your computer without affecting your personal files, such as e?mail, documents, or photos.

Sometimes, the installation of a program or a driver can cause an unexpected change to your computer or cause Windows to behave unpredictably. Usually, uninstalling the program or driver corrects the problem. If uninstalling does not fix the problem, you can try restoring your computer’s system to an earlier date when everything worked correctly.

System Restore uses a feature called System Protection to regularly create and save restore points on your computer. These restore points contain information about registry settings and other system information that Windows uses. You can also create restore points manually.

System Restore is not intended for backing up personal files, so it cannot help you recover a personal file that has been deleted or damaged. You should regularly back up your personal files and important data using a backup program. (from Microsoft)

To open and create a Restore point read below.

Click Start > type System Restore in the search box.


Click System Restore in the top Programs area.

Accept the UAC if asked.

Click “open System Protection”


If you only have 1 hard drive click Ok, if you have more than one choose your the drive where you installed Vista on then click Create.


Type in a name or a date as a description. click Create.


Vista is now creating a restore point.


Now you have successfully created a restore point.


Check back tomorrow and we’ll Restore a Restore point.

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  • System Restore FAQ
  • Using A System Restore Point
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  • Running System Restore From A Command Prompt In Vista
  • Windows Backup
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    1 Comments on this post


    1. Jerry Mills said:

      While I agree that system restore is not a substitute for backing up, the shadow copies feature is pretty cool. Shadow copies is a part of system restore and allows you to recover files inadvertantly deleted or documents that have been altered and you want to recover an older version etc. etc. So, yes in some cases it is a “backup”.

      August 24th, 2007 at 8:28 pm


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