I honestly don’t know why System Restore is as hard to find as it seems to be. It’d definitely not obvious.
Oh, and I hope you have it turned on. Otherwise even finding it may be of no help.
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Let’s start by finding out whether or not it’s turned on, and enabling it if not.
Right click on My Computer and click Properties. Click on the System Restore tab, and make sure the Turn off System Restore checkbox is not checked. (It feels backwards, I know …). If you’re turning on System Restore, especially for the first time, it may then create a restore point, so it may take just a minute to complete.
While it’s working you can see that System Restore uses disk space, and that you can limit how much disk space it will use. This translates, roughly, into how many restore points it can maintain. As new restore points are created, if there’s not enough disk space, the oldest ones will be deleted.
Now, the official way to run the restoration UI is through the help system. If you start Help and Support and then search for “System Restore”, the results will include several results of interest.
However my approach was to find the executable and run it directly. Click on Start, then Run, and type in “c:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe”, where “c:\windows” is your Windows directory. Press OK and you should get the System Restore UI.
In the UI you can create a new restore point if you like, which will save the current settings (though many installation programs do this automatically if System Restore is enabled), or you can revert to a previous restore point. If you select restore, you’ll be presented with a calendar of dates on which restore points are available. If you’ve just turned on System Restore for the first time, you won’t have any, other than the one that was just created.
After you select a restore point to restore too, you’re presented with important warnings. It’s worth noting that many changes made to your system after that restore point was created will be lost when you restore back to it. But then … that’s often exactly the point of wanting to revert to a previous restore point.
I’ve put together a very short video that shows the System Restore setting, and the UI. Have a look to better understand exactly where to find System Restore, and what it looks like once you get there.
Watch the video: Managing Restore Points.