As usual, I go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools
and listed there is System Restore. Well, now it’s missing. How or even when it
became missing I do not know. Do you know what might have happened and how to
get it back? I have Windows 7 Home, 64 bit.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #90 I look at how to find System Restore if it has disappeared
from the Start Menu, and why you might not want to.
System restore disappeared
Well, I don’t know what happened. That part is easy! I have lots of theories. I mean it could be as simple as having mistakenly right-clicked on it, and hit Delete, or something like that. It’s very easy for these things to go missing.
Do I know how to get it back? Well, kind of sort of. We’ll definitely get you access to System Restore very quickly, here in a second.
My real question is – do you even want to get it back? That’s a whole other can of worms.
Get System Restore back
What I would have you do to get System Restore back is use Search.
In other words: bring up the Start menu and in that search box, down below, start typing “System Restore.” While you do that, the search results will be updated and you’ll find shortcuts to System Restore appearing.
I typically use the shortcuts you’ll find in Control Panel. Those are the ones that are typically the most well defined and clearly purpose-specific. In other words you should see one shortcut for making a restore point and another shortcut for restoring to a restore point and so on.
So, that’s the thing I would do to get at system restore right now.
You may be able to actually copy the links that show up there and paste them back into the menu where they originally were. But, ultimately, I’d be really tempted to just rely on search from now on.
Don’t rely on System Restore
What I would not have you rely on is, well… System Restore.
My experience with System Restore, and the experience of people that I have contacting me with System Restore, is that it’s just not that reliable. It doesn’t restore what people think it restores – and it is all too common for restore points to go to missing, or for restores to fail.
Restore is not a backup
It is not a back up of your system – and in fact, it’s a back up of your system that I typically recommend people rely on instead of system restore.
System Restore is nice… when it works. But, it just can’t be counted on to work all the time.
So, I’ll point you at “Why I don’t like System Restore”, an article I wrote on the topic a while back. In the interim, to continue to use System Restore, I’d simply use search on the Start menu.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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