In the first article of this series on Windows 7 backup, I explained How to create a Windows 7 system restore. This article is the follow-up to demonstrate how to use that restore point to recover a problematic PC as well as How-To recover or use a restore point on a Windows 7 machine that won’t boot.
To recap, Windows 7 System Restore is a familiar and relatively safe way to restore your computer. By default, System Restore is turned on and will create Restore Points whenever you install new software or make changes to Windows settings.
Okay, let’s get started on restoring Windows 7!
Note: If you’ve recently restored your computer to a system image, Windows 7 will automatically remove all system restore points that existed previously to your restoration.
How To Restore Windows 7 To A System Restore Point
1. On your Start menu, Type in system restore. Press Enter or Click the System Restore program shortcut.
2. On the system restore page, Click Next. Now you’ll be asked to Select a system restore point previously created. If you see multiple restore points, try to choose the one that’s dated BEFORE any problems started.
Optional: If you are unsure if performing the restore will cause some of your programs to lose data, you can Click the Scan for affected programs button to see if that is an issue.
3. Confirm the restore point Time and Description and Click Finish
Note: I’ve highlighted below an essential point. If you’ve recently changed your password, system restore will set it back to what it was at the time you created the restore point. If you can’t remember your old password, create a password reset disk before restoring.
But wait, what if Windows 7 won’t boot? How do I access system restore?
After a reset, if you continuously Press the F8 key, you can go into Advanced Boot Options. At the top of the list, you’ll see the option to Repair Your Computer.
This option will take you into a Repair Boot mode on the System Recovery Options Menu. From here just Click System Restore and follow the tutorial above.