How Can You Restore Your System to An Earlier State?

Sometimes, your computer may encounter some errors caused by certain recently installed programs or virus infections. If you want to use System Restore option to fix these issues without deleting any of your data, just follow the guide in this post to restore your computer to a previous state step by step easily.

What is system restore and what is it used for?

According to Windows Microsoft,

System Restore helps you restore your computer’s system files to an earlier point in time….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.

It is a Windows tool that helps you reverse some changes made to your operating system. It provides you with an “undo” feature which enables you to undo certain system changes to your computer without affecting your personal files, such as e‑mail, documents, or photos. With it, you are allowed to return vital Windows files and settings back to previous versions and settings. Whenever there is something wrong with your Windows or an application, you can try restoring the system to a Restore Point when everything was working well.

How to Restore the System to an Earlier Date?

windows8-logo For Windows 8 users             Windows7-logoFor Windows 7/Vista users         windows_xpFor Windows XP users,

1 Go to the Start Screen or Search screen and type restore and then click on Create a restore point. (See screenshot below)


2 When the System Properties window appears, click on System Protection tab and then click on System Restore… button.


3 The main screen for System Restore will be displayed. If you are prompted to continue, click on Next > button and a recent restore point and your last critical update will be showed there.


  1. If you make sure that the most recent restore point is not the date your problem started, check the box next to Show more restore points in the lower left corner and you will see a list of available restore points.


  1. Select the restore point that your computer issues started to occur and click Next button.
  1. The screen will ask for your confirmation. Click on the Finish button if you are sure to continue.

When you are asked for confirmation again, click on Yes. System Restore will now reboot your computer and begin the restore process. This will take some time to complete the restore task and please be patient.


  1. When the system restore task completes successfully, a confirmation box will be displayed on your desktop after system reboot.

Windows7-logoFor Windows 7/Vista users

1 Click on Start button and type system restore in the search box.

2 Click on System Restore from the list of results. (If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.)

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3 When the System Restore window appears, you can directly click on Next button if you are sure that the date of the Recommend restore is the time the computer problem started.

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If the computer issue occurred earlier than the time of the recommend restore, you can click Choose a different restore point option and click Next button to select the desired restore point.

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4 Select a restore point you wish to restore and click Next button. If the desired restore point isn’t showed there, check Show more restore points and choose the restore point which caused the computer problem. And then click on Next button.

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(Note: You can click on Scan for affected programs to check for the problematic programs.)

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5 After selected the restore point, click Finish button to confirm it. Then click Yes button to continue. System restore cannot be undone until after it has completed.


6 This will take some time to complete.

windows_xpFor Windows XP users,

1 Click on Start button, click on Programs, click Accessories, click on System Tools and then open System Restore.


2 When the Welcome to System Restore page window appears, click on Restore my computer to an earlier time option (if it is not already selected), then click on Next button.

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3 On the Select a Restore Point screen, locate to On this list, click a restore point list and select the most recent system checkpoint and then click Next button.

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A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.

4 Confirm your restore point and click Finish button. Make your selections and click Next.

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System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.

Note: If doing a system restore still fails to solve your problem caused by virus infections, you may need to run a professional antivirus program to scan for the malware and delete all infected files. Keep the system clean by keeping a real-time and powerful antivirus program on your machine.

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