What Exactly System Restore Does?

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System Restore is the big ‘Undo’ button for your Windows® operating system. It rolls back the changes you’ve made in your PC without affecting your personal files and folders. Essentially, it’s a great tool to utilize when a recent update has affected the performance of your PC really badly or a newly installed program is neither working properly nor getting uninstalled.

Personally speaking, System Restore has rolled back my bad in numerous occasions. Being associated with review writing for quite a while, trying and testing drivers and software has been a part and parcel of my day-to-day work life. Many a times, I’ve invited trouble with a config setting I saved unintentionally, or with an old driver I thought might work on a newer device. Boom—all of a sudden, the speakers turn voiceless or the screen starts behaving erratically. Unsure of what to do, I turn to System Restore for instant roll-back.

How System Restore Works?

System Restore is intuitive. Typically, it creates a restore point every day or before you make any change in your PC such as installation of a new software or driver. To put it in simple words, it creates a point of return if anything goes wrong following the change bought in due to a driver or a software install.

Once you select a restore point, System Restore roll-backs all changes you’ve made in your PC after the point of time when the restore point was created. This includes removal of programs and system files.

How to Create a Restore Point?

You can create restore points manually as well. So whenever you feel that your PC is hale and hearty create one. Here’s how.

In Windows XP

  1. Click Start–>All Programs–>Accessories–>System Tools–>System Restore. The System Restore Wizard opens.
  2. Click the Create button next to the text Create a restore point right now for the drives that have system protection turned on. The System Protection dialog box opens.
  3. Type the description in the text box. This would help in identifying the restore point later.
  4. Click Create to create the restore point.

In Windows Vista/7

  1. Click My Computer/Computer –>Properties. System dialog box opens.
  2. Click System Protection from the left panel to open System Properties.
  3. Click the Create button next to Create a restore point right now for the drives that have system protection turned on. The System Protection dialog box opens.
  4. Type the description in the text box. This would help in identifying the restore point later.
  5. Click Create to create the restore point.

In Windows 8/8.1

  1. Type System Restore from the Start screen.
  2. Select Settings from the results that appear in the Search pane. All settings containing the phrase System Restore would be displayed.
  3. Click Create a Restore Point link.
  4. In the System dialog box that opens click Advanced System Settings.
  5. Click on System Protection tab to enter System Restore settings.
  6. See if your current drive has System Protection Turned On. By default, it should be, else select the radio button adjacent to Turn On System Protection.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click the Create button next to Create a restore point right now for the drives that have system protection turned on. The System Protection dialog box opens.
  9. Type the description in the text box. This would help in identifying the restore point later.
  10. Click Create to create the restore point.


Can System Restore Fix Blue Screen?

As we know a blue screen can occur because of both hardware and software malfunction. So if the issue is with any system file then system restore can fix the same. However, if the issue is with any hardware component, such as RAM or hard disk failure using System Restore is futile.


Can System Restore Recover Lost Drivers?

Ideally a restore point is created every day and when a change has affected the system. So, you can recover lost drivers with system restore. Just restore the computer to the point when everything was working fine and try.


Can System Restore Remove Ransomware?

May be! You need to restore your PC in Safe Mode with Command Prompt. However, if the ransomware runs in Safe Mode with Command Prompt then running system restore won’t help.

Here’s the indication! If Safe Mode with Command Prompt option executes on your ransomware infected PC then system restore can remove the ransomware.

Here’s how you do it.

For Windows XP

  1. Type CD:WindowsSystem32Restore to move to the restore directory.
  2. Type rstrui.exe
  3. Press Enter

For Windows Vista/7

  1. Type CD:WindowsSystem32
  2. Type rstrui.exe
  3. Press Enter

The rstrui.exe command will open up the System Restore screen for you. From here you can run System Restore.

For Windows 8/8.1

  1. Restart Windows 8/8.1 in Safe Mode With Networking.
  2. Type System Restore on Start screen.
  3. Select Settings from the results that appear in the Search pane. All settings containing the phrase System Restore would be displayed.
  4. Open Control Panel and select System and Security.
  5. Select Advanced System Settings.
  6. Click on System Protection tab.
  7. Click on System Restore button. System Restore Wizard shows up.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Select the Restore Point from the list.
  10. Click OK to restore.


Can System Restore remove viruses?

Once viruses invade a PC, it most certainly deletes previous restore points. So System Restore won’t work with viruses. Viruses typically attach themselves with system restore files.


Can System Restore delete partition?

No, system restore will not delete partitions. It only restores Windows operating system files to the point they were working fine.

As we can see, System Restore can roll back various unwanted changes in our PC. All is required is adequate know how to use it rather smartly. We hope that this blog can impart that very knowledge to our readers.

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