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System Restore

How to Do a System Restore in Windows 7
Published by Brink
26 Nov 2008
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How to Do a System Restore in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to do a System Restore to restore your Windows 7 system files to an earlier point in time. It's a way to undo system changes to your computer without affecting your personal user files, such as e‑mail, documents, or photos.

Note   Note
System Restore uses a feature called System Protection to regularly create and save restore points of selected hard disks in your computer. These restore points contain information about registry settings and other system information that Windows 7 uses. You can also create restore points manually.

warning   Warning
A System Restore will uninstall programs and drivers (step 8 in Option One below) that were installed after the date of the selected restore point.

A System Restore will replace the password of all local user accounts to what they were at the time of the selected restore point.

If you do a System Restore when the computer is in safe mode or Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE), then you will not be able to undo the restore operation. However, you are able to still run System Restore again and choose a different restore point if available.






OPTION ONE
To Do a System Restore in Windows 7 using System Protection

NOTE: Be sure to temporarily disable your antivirus program first to prevent it from possibly preventing you from doing a system restore.
1. Open the Start Menu, type rstrui.exe in the search box, and press Enter.
A) Go to step 5.
OR

2. Open the Start Menu.
A) Click on All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and System Restore. (see screenshot below)
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B) Go to step 5.
OR

3. Open the Control Panel (icons view).
A) Click on the Recovery icon.

B) Click on the Open System Restore button. (see screenshot below)
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C) Go to step 6 or 7 below.
OR

4. Open the Start Menu.
A) Right click on the Computer button and click on Properties.

B) Click on the System Protection link. (see screenshot below)
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C) Close the System window. (see screenshot above)

D) Continue on to step 5.
5. Click on the System Restore button. (see screenshot below)
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6. If You Have Not Done a System Restore Before
A) Click on the Next button. (see screenshot below)
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B) Go to step 8.
7. If You Have Done a System Restore Before
A) Select (dot) Choose a different restore point, and click on the Next buton. (see screenshot below)
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8. Select (click on) a listed restore point that you want to restore the drives that were included in the restore point back to how they were when the restore point was created. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Check the Show other restore points box to see any restore points (older) that may not be listed here.
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9. To Show Affected Programs and Drivers
NOTE: This will show you a list of programs and drivers that will be deleted and restored by the selected restore point.
A) Click on the Show affected programs and drivers button. (See screenshot above)

B) When done reviewing, click on the Close button. (see screenshot below)
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10. Click on the Next button. (see screenshot below step 8)
NOTE: Make sure that the restore point you want is still selected (highlighted).

11. Click on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The listed drives here will be restored back to how they were for the selected restore point.
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12. Click on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)
WARNING: This will immediately restart your computer to finish the system restore.
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13. After the computer has restarted, click on the Close button. (see screenshot below)
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OPTION TWO
To Do a System Restore at Boot using System Recovery Options

NOTE: This will allow you to restore Windows 7 to a earlier restore point with a Windows 7 installation disc or System Repair Disc from the System Recovery Options screen at bootup. This can be handy if you cannot startup Windows 7.
1. Using your retail Windows 7 installation disc or System Repair Disc, boot to the System Recovery Options screen.

2. Select the System Restore option. (see screenshot below)
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3. Continue starting with step 6 or 7 in METHOD ONE above.
That's it,
Shawn


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12 Jun 2010   #1
joevelyn

windows 7 home premium
 
 

triede the solution. Hope it workded


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12 Jun 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Joe, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm not sure what solution you mean, but I hope it worked for you as well.
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27 Jun 2010   #3
Suranjit

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi,

I am unable to do 'System Restore' in my laptop. I tried but after restarting I got a message like not successfully completed. I have attached a screenshot for that. I tried with different restoring point but not working !!!!!!!!!!

Please let me know if there is any other way to do that.

Thanks,
Suranjit


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27 Jun 2010   #4
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Suranjit View Post
Hi,

I am unable to do 'System Restore' in my laptop. I tried but after restarting I got a message like not successfully completed. I have attached a screenshot for that. I tried with different restoring point but not working !!!!!!!!!!

Please let me know if there is any other way to do that.

Thanks,
Suranjit
According to this website (which is actually for Vista, but should apply to 7):

Error message created by System Restore, file backup and Defrag in Windows Vista:

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1. This can be do to the System Volume Information Folder attributes being set to Read-only.

The System Volume Information Folder is where Vista holds restore points or shadow copies.

For Windows Vista using the NTFS File System.
Click Start then My Computer.
On the Tools menu Then Folder Options.
On the View tab, click “Show hidden files and folders”.
Clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the change.
Click OK.
Right-click the System Volume Information folder in the root folder, and then click Properties.
If the Read-only attibutes is checked, uncheck it and click, OK
Now try creating a restore point.
Warning: Remember to hide the hidden System Files when done.

2. This error occurs because the recovery partition is enabled for File Backup or System Restore and is almost full. To work around this, do not select D:\ as a backup source. Also, go to System Protection in Control Panel and make sure that D:\ is not enabled for restore points.
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27 Jun 2010   #5
Suranjit

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for that link.

I read that but it seems that if I create a system restore point following the rules mentioned then I can use this system restore point later.
That means I will not be able to do any System Restore to any point before that. Is that correct??

Thank you again.
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27 Jun 2010   #6
bludgard69

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Hi,Suranjit.I don't know if this is at all helpful,but I used to use Zone Alarm security suite and something in the AV\AM locked some files to where I couldn't use sysyem restore.

I had to Recover to get rid of ZA.Use MSE now and haven't had the first problem.
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21 Jul 2010   #7
Hollow012

Windows XP/Wndows 7
 
 

When i go to my startup, i have two options to pick.
1: Launch Startup repair
2: Start Windows.
I pick 1 and i dont have a disk or something. so i picked 2 and it goes to the same page where i got to pick two options. pls help fast n reply asap or i will get scolding by my parents. thanks
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21 Jul 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Hollow, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Are you unable to do a system restore from within Windows 7?

If so, you can also create a System Repair Disc to be able to use to do METHOD TWO in the tutorial with. Of course, you will still have to have an available restore point to select to go back to.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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12 Oct 2010   #9
trent3111

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Lost here

umm i'm lost here. I looked around and this seems are close system restore as it gets and seems it only restores back to certain points. Or atleast thats what i think. But isn't there a option to completely restore your computer back to the original condition ( in other and exact words it deletes everything from your computer and only re installed windows 7? )
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