How to Restore a Computer to Settings From Two Months Ago

by James T Wood Google
    System Restore is a great first-level problem-solving tool for Windows.

    System Restore is a great first-level problem-solving tool for Windows.

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    Windows includes a System Restore feature that keeps a snapshot of your computer's state from previous dates. Using System Restore you can reset your computer to an earlier date and all the software, updates and drivers that were added will be removed. However, none of the files you created will be affected. If you installed a program two months ago and you discovered that it isn't compatible with something, you can restore your computer to before the program was installed to undo the changes. Windows creates a restore point whenever programs, updates or drivers are installed.

    Step 1

    Press the Windows key on your keyboard, type "System Restore" and press "Enter."

    Step 2

    Choose "Next" and then tick the box next to "Show More Restore Points." System Restore points are limited by the space allocated on the hard drive. If you don't have enough space allocated, or if you've made many changes to your computer, you may not have two months worth of restore points available.

    Step 3

    Select the restore point you want and click "Next." Confirm that you want to restore your computer to the earlier point. Your system will restart as a part of the process. Don't do anything until the restoration is complete.

    Tips

    • If you want more or less hard drive space allocated to System Restore, you can adjust it through the System Protection dialog. From the Control Panel, click System and Security, System, System Protection and then Configure.
    • Try restoring to only the most recent restore point. If the problem persists, then go back further.

    About the Author

    James T Wood is a teacher, blogger and author. Since 2009 he has published two books and numerous articles, both online and in print. His work experience has spanned the computer world, from sales and support to training and repair. He is also an accomplished public speaker and PowerPoint presenter.

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