How to Use Windows Restore Point

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Restore points are an important feature for any Windows user to become familiar with. They are like snapshots of your computer’s state, and can be created at any time. It is recommended to only create restore points at a time when your computer is running smoothly.

Why are restore points helpful?

In short, restore points enable users to revert their computers to a previously saved state. These points can then be referenced at a later time and your computer and its settings will be reverted back to the specific time the point was created. When errors or problems occur, it is sometimes easier to simply restore the computer to a point prior to the error occurring, rather than having to reinstall the operating systems and settings.

How do I make a restore point?

Creating a restore point is actually very simple. First, go to “Start” > “Help and Support” > “Performance and Maintenance” > “Restore Point.” Click on the “Create a restore point” (although yours might say something like “Run the System Restore Wizard” instead).

Now simply follow all of the prompts given by Windows.  A new system restore point has been created. This means that all of the settings and preferences of your computer at that given time will be saved in that restore point. It is important to note that you should only create restore points at times when your computer is up and running correctly- a restore point doesn’t do anyone any good if it was created at a time when the computer wasn’t functioning properly.

How do I actually revert to a restore point after I’ve created one?

First, go to the “Help and Support” menu from the start menu again. This time, instead of clicking on “Create a Restore Point” option, click “Restore my computer to an earlier time”. Now you can choose from any of the restore points that have been created and your computer will revert to the settings of the computer at the time the point was made.

Restore points are a great option for Windows users, but they won’t always solve the problem. It is always important to regularly backup any important files just in case solutions such as restore points don’t work. Regardless, they are an invaluable tool in any user’s arsenal, and users should become familiar with them.

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  1. Also important to know is how to shut restore points off to delete them if you have archived a virus or spyware. AFTER you’re sure that everything is ok after a repair, your antivirus software may still pick up remnants of a virus in an older restore point. If you shut off restore points, then turn them back on, you’ll clean out all the old stuff and be good to go.

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