Windows System Restore

March 1, 2010

There’s likely only one point in time when your PC is “clean:” when you turn it on for the first time. Within about an hour of use, updates are installed, settings change, temporary files are stored, and the beginning of the end is near. One way to get back to “normal,” is to use a Windows feature called, System Restore. Whether you’re using Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, System Restore can be a very helpful tool. The idea, is to restore your Windows installation to a prior point in time. Typically, Windows automtically sets a restore point daily. A restore point can also be set manually.

When to set a restore point manually:

  • Before changing system settings
  • Before installing a program
  • Before installing hardware

NOTE: System Restore will not necessarily back up your data files (i.e., documents, e-mail, photos, music, movies, videos). You should always back up your data files to a separate storage device for safe keeping.

Read more about System Restore on Microsoft’s website for: