How to Restore Your Windows Computer to an Earlier Date




by Tammy


How to Restore Your Windows Computer to an Earlier Date

If your computer has been acting odd lately, Windows has a built-in restore feature you might want to try. It’s sort of like the “Undo” feature in programs. If you mess up or if things mysteriously start acting weird, it can fix whatever problems you are having by restoring your computer to an earlier date or time before the problems started.

Using the Windows System Restore is easy to do, and it won’t harm any of your e-mails or other files on your computer. Find your version below, then follow the instructions and enjoy your newly restored PC.

Restore Windows 8

Watch this video by Acer for help with restoring your Windows 8 PC from a restore point.

Restore Windows 7

To restore Windows 7 to an earlier date, click Start and type System Restore in the search box, then either press Enter on your keyboard or click on the System Restore file in the Programs/Search list.

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Click Start » All Programs » Accessories » System Tools » System Restore

In the box that opens, click Next to Restore system files and settings, then choose one of the recent dates listed. If you would like to go back farther, check the box in the lower left corner to Show more restore points. Click Next and Confirm your restore point, then click Finish. Your computer will shut down to restore, then restart.

Scroll to end of article to learn how to Undo the Restore if needed.

How to Restore Your Windows Computer to an Earlier DateRestore Windows Vista

To restore Windows Vista to an earlier date, click Start and type System Restore in the search box, then either press Enter on your keyboard or click on the System Restore file in the Programs/Search list.

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Same as above: Click Start » All Programs » Accessories » System Tools » System Restore

In the box that pops up, you can either choose the recommended restore, or select to “Choose a different restore point.”

If you selected to choose a different restore point, you can find one in the list that comes up or you can check the box that says to “Show restore points older than 5 days.”

Highlight date (click once), then click Next and Finish. Your computer will shut down to restore, then restart.

Restore Windows XP

To restore Windows XP to an earlier date, click Start, then click Search and select “All files and folders.” Search for System Restore, then double-click on the file name.

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Same as above: Click Start » All Programs » Accessories » System Tools » System Restore

In the box that pops up, choose “Restore my computer to an earlier time” (it should already be selected), then click Next.

Click on your choice of bold date in the left calendar box (use arrows at top of calendar to change month), then click a restore point in the right box. A restore point is usually created whenever anything new, like a new program, is added to the computer, so if you’re wanting to correct a problem that started before installing a particular software, click a restore point before it was installed.

Click next again and wait while the computer shuts down to restore. Your computer will then restart, and a box will pop up to let you know it is completed. Click OK, and you’re done.

Undo Restore

Restoring your computer to an earlier date is an easy way to fix new unexplained problems that come up from time to time. However, if restoring your PC has somehow caused even more problems, you can follow the same instructions above to undo the restore. Both restoring your computer and undoing the restore are completely safe, and can often spare you from a number of computer headaches and migraines.