The System Restore utility that Windows has provided for several generations of its products allows a user to revert their operating system to an earlier state in time. The system restore tool will not delete or remove personal files like documents, pictures, music, etc., but will undo program installs, any updates that were applied, changes that were made to the Windows Registry, and attempt to restore “previous versions” of files if available.
Typically if a virus infects a computer, a Windows Update doesn’t get installed correctly, or the operating system becomes corrupted due to whatever reason, a System Restore will resolve the issue. It is recommended to leave this utility on to insure easy repair of software problems like those listed above.
Accessing and utilizing system restore is fairly easy. In all versions of Windows, you can go down to the Run or Search bar and type in “Create a Restore Point” and click on the “Create a restore point” program that appears. This will bring you to System Properties where you can configure how much space restore points take up and what they will affect, create a restore point, or use the System Restore utility to go back in time.
If you are unable to access Windows due to one of the issues listed above, you can typically access “Advanced Recovery” options by clicking “F8” when your computer boots up. You will then use the System Restore tool to select which point in time you want your computer to revert back to.
This simple tool is fairly easy to use and can save you time and energy if anything happens.