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Using System Restore

time machine

  1. Belahzur
    System Restore - When and How To Use It:

    System Restore is a very handy function in Windows. If you/your machine suffers a fatal accident and there is damage to the OS, System Restore can be used to go back a day or two in time to a point where the machine was in perfect working condition.

    To turn on/off System Restore, follow these instructions below. (These instructions are for Windows XP - may differ slightly with Vista/7 + UAC issues when SR is switched off)

    To turn off System Restore, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    2. Click the System Restore tab.
    3. Click the Turn off System Restore check box (or the Turn off System Restore on all drives check box), and then click OK.
    4. Click Yes when you receive the prompt to the turn off System Restore.

    Now we need to make a new restore point.
    To turn on System Restore, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    2. Click the System Restore tab.
    3. Click the Turn off System Restore check box (To turn on System Restore), and then click OK.

    How to use System Restore:

    1. Click Start, select Help and Support.
    2. Under "Pick A Task", select "Undo changes to your computer with System Restore"
    3. In the window that opens, the default should be on "Restore my computer to earlier time", hit Next.
    4. Select a date, then select a restore point in the little window next to the calendar, then press Next.

    However, from a security stand point, when a machine is infected we advise against the use of System Restore. When a machine is infected the restore points also get infected and thus have no point in being used.

    For Windows Vista / 7 users:

    There are two places that you can use the System Restore feature from. From within Windows, you can just type "restore" into the Start menu search box, and you’ll immediately see System Restore at the top of the start menu or you can type rstrui into the Search box.

    You'll be given two options:

    "Recommended Restore" and "Choose a new Restore Point".

    The Recommended Restore is the last restore point created. If you want to restore back further you'll have to choose the second option. When choosing a different restore point, they will be named according to what the checkpoint was. My last one is Windows Update.

    Step through the various screens and you'll be prompted to restart and complete the restore.

    That concludes this tutorial on System Restore.