How to run System Restore in Windows 8

Last Updated on April 26, 2020 by Next Century

System Restore is a feature of Windows 8.1 and several previous versions of Windows.

It was created to help you fix the OS with just a few clicks when system files or settings get damaged.

It automatically creates restore points, which are snapshots of system files, program files, drivers, and registry settings.

Later, if you use System Restore to restore your computer to a point in time before some problem happened, System Restore will roll back your PC to a previous version of files and settings from the restore point that you specified.

System Restore does not affect your personal documents or media. Plus, you can undo the last restore operation itself if does not resolve your issue.

In Windows 8, Microsoft removed the shortcut link to start System Restore from the Accessories -> System Tools folder.

In this guide, we will see how to open System Restore in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.

There are many ways to run System Restore in Windows 8. You can start it from System Recovery options, or you can run it directly from Explorer.

To launch System Restore from System Recovery, you need to follow these simple instructions:

  • Open System Recovery options

  • Choose System Restore

  • Your PC will be restarted

    Choose an account when prompted

  • If you have a password, type it in and click the Continue button

  • The System Restore wizard will be started, follow its steps

  • Pick one of restore points to roll back your OS to the previous state

  • Click on Finish and the system restore wizard will recover from the date you have selected.

    Your computer will now restore system files along with the Windows registry from that date and then restart your computer.

    This can take from 5 minutes up to 30 minutes depending on the speed of your computer.

  • After the restart, Windows will advise you that it has been successfully restored.

NOTE:  Sometimes you will get a message that your computer cannot be restored back but still your issues might have been resolved

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