Windows Restore

Windows sure has some great features making the Operating System one of the easiest to use. Two of the most popular actions are” Undo” and “Redo”. “Redo” restores work you thought was lost and saves you from typing from scratch. Sometimes, no doubt, a lot of people wish life had redo and undo. There are times however when redo and undo on your computer just won’t cut it; when the damage goes way back beyond the current document and possibly a few installations back.

System Restore helps your computer go back to exactly how it was at a certain time or on a date of your choice. You could go back to a time before you installed software that reduced the performance of your computer. However, if you want to restore the computer to its pre-purchase conditions, all you need to do is go to “Settings”, go to “Update & recovery” and then select “Recovery”. Then, refresh and reset by going to the PC “Settings”, clicking “General” and selecting “Refresh Without Affecting Your Files”.

System Restore does not affect the files in your computer so you need not be afraid of losing anything except the software you intentionally want to get rid of. However, if you want to restore your PC to an earlier state, you need to create a Restore Point. You can do this on your Windows 8 by typing “System protection” at the Start, and then selecting “Settings” in the Search tab. Click the results and type in a name or description for your restore point.  Next, click “Create” and voila; Restore Point created.

After that, you can proceed to restore your PC. Type “Restore” from your Windows 8 Start screen. You’ll see “Create A Restore Point” as one of the results, go ahead and click it. The Control Panel will be opened and there you will find “System Properties” inside which you’ll find “Systems Protection” where the “Systems Restore” tab is. Click the “System Restore” tab, this will open up a wizard. Click “Next” and you’ll see a dialog box with a choice of system restore points. Select your preferred system restore point. Bear in mind the most recent one would leave you with more programs, updates and settings than earlier ones. If your Computer is still not fixed after this, then you should select an earlier system restore point. You could also use the “Scan For Affected Programs” button and show you the programs that will be affected by your restore action. Click “Next” and you will be asked to confirm your restore point. Here you will also be asked to save open files and keep your password handy as well as tick a box to see more restore points.

Click “Finish”. A dialog box will appear telling you the process cannot be interrupted, click Yes. A timer will ask you to wait while the System is being restored after which the computer will restart.  At the end of the procedure, you will see a dialog box that says it was either a success or a failure.

You can also undo this operation with the above mentioned steps.

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