Steps To Use System Restore On Your Windows 7 PC

Windows System Restore is an inbuilt utility offered by Microsoft that allows you to deal with certain kinds of system problems and errors. If your Windows PC works slowly or stops responding, you can use this feature to go back in time and restore your system configuration to a previous point in time when it was working fine.

Let’s take a closer look at how it functions and how to activate and run it on any Windows 7 PC. The section also throws light at a few alternative ways of fixing common system problems.

How Windows System Restore works?

Windows System Restore works by restoring system configuration of your Windows 7 computer to a recent restore point. Restore points, which are snapshots of your registry keys, Windows system files, installed applications, driver configuration, and system settings, are created automatically by this Windows feature. When enabled on any Windows 7 PC, It also creates a restore point before any major system change, such as new driver installation or Operating System (OS) upgrade. If the changes make your system unstable, you can revert your system to a previous working state via the selection of appropriate restore point, thus resolving the issue.

When you select any particular restore point, any app downloaded after that will be uninstalled and the apps which were part of the snapshot will be reinstalled automatically. However, this Windows utility does not affect your personal files, such as photographs, emails, or documents. As a result, it will not restore/replace any of your personal files when you execute it on the system.

Enable System Restore In Any Windows 7 PC

Generally, System Restore protection is already turned on as default for the main system drive (C:). In case you want its protection for other drives, you can activate it manually.

Enable Windows System RestoreFollow the given steps to turn on System Restore protection in other hard drives:

  1. Open the Start menu and type ‘Create a restore point’ in the search box.
  2. Click on the ‘Create a restore point’ option under Control Panel category which will directly open the ‘System Protection’ tab within the ‘System Properties’ window. This tab allows you to access all the System Restore options on your PC.
  3. In the ‘System Protection’ tab, you will see a section called ‘Protection Settings’ showing all of your hard drives and the status of System Restore protection for each of them. To turn on the protection for any drive, select that particular drive on the list and click the ‘Configure’ button.
  4. On the ‘System Protection’ dialog box that opens up, click the ‘Turn on system protection’ option and fix the “Max Usage” slider to allocate the hard drive space that you want System Restore to utilize. Once it is done, click on the “Apply” button to save the changes and “OK” button to close the window.
  5. Click “OK” again to close the System Properties dialog box.

How to Create Restore Point in Windows 7

Windows 7 Create Restore PointOnce enabled, System Restore will automatically create a Windows 7 restore point in every 7 days. However, you can also follow the given steps to create a restore point manually in your Windows 7 PC:

  1. Open the Start menu and type ‘Create a restore point’ in the search box.
  2. Click on the ‘Create a restore point’ option to directly open the ‘System Protection’ tab within the ‘System Properties’ window.
  3. Click on the “Create” button at the bottom right side of the ‘System Protection’ tab, This will open the “Create a Restore Point” dialog box.
  4. Add a description which helps in identifying the restore point. Once it is done, click on the “Create” button on the same dialog box.
  5. Windows will send a notification popup when the restore point is successfully created. Clicking on the “Close” button will complete the process.


Steps to Execute System Restore in A Windows 7 PC

 If you wish to run Windows system restore on your Windows 7 PC, you need to do the following:

  1. Head to Start> All Programs > Accessories, and select the ‘System Tools’
  2. Select the icon called ‘System Restore’ from the ‘System Tools’ Alternately, you can directly type ‘System Restore’ in the Start menu search bar and open the program.
  3. A window named ‘Restore system files and settings‘ will appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button to proceed.
  4. Now you will see a list of available restore points created both automatically and manually. You can choose any one of them. Once the desired restore point has been chosen, Click on ‘Next.’
  5. Once a window called ‘Confirm your Restore Point’ appears on screen, select the ‘Finish’ button.
  6. A box with the message “Once started, System Restore cannot be interrupted. Do you want to continue?” will appear on the screen. Click on “Yes” in order to proceed and initiate the restoration process. This might take 10-30 minutes. Once the process is complete, the computer will reboot.
  7. Once the reboot process is complete, log into the Windows and a dialog box will appear on screen with the message “System Restore completed successfully.” Click the ‘Close’ button to finish the process.


Note: If the system error persists after performing Windows system restore successfully, you can try repeating the process by choosing a different restore point.


Alternative ways to address System Problems in Windows 7 PC

In case, Windows System Restore fails to restore your PC to an operable state, there are some other ways with which you can address the system problems:

  • At times, your computer can stop working due to memory problems. You can try running “Windows Memory Diagnostic” tool to check for such problems.
  • If you experience system issues after installing an incompatible program or hardware driver, uninstall them and try blocking automatic installation.
  • You can use a blank CD/DVD for creating a System Repair Disc. This can later be used for booting your computer and to access recovery tools like Startup Repair, Command Prompt, System Image Recovery, and more. These options can be used for recovering Windows from a critical error or for restoring your computer using a system image.
  • Reboot to restore technology offers you the ability to revert your system to a preset baseline configuration after every reboot. When activated on the system, a reboot to restore software solution lets you define a system configuration state of your choice and preserves it as the original baseline. When you run into a trouble with your PC, you can simply restart the device to revert it back to its baseline configuration state, while deleting all session data. Thus, recurring system issues like configuration drifts, unwanted changes in system settings, errors due to malicious software downloads, and more can be dealt with quickly and effectively.