Windows® 7 restore
Learn how to use the restore feature in Windows 7 and tips to fix issues that can occur
Windows 7 has extended the System Restore feature which was available in Windows XP. If anything goes wrong with Windows 7, then the restore feature could help you in restore the computer to a previously saved state. For this, you need to configure System Restore for a drive or all drives in your PC. To use the System Restore feature, you need to press the 'F8' key at the start up time of the system. You need to choose the first option from the window which is the System Recovery. Then, you need to enter administrator account, user name and password. To start the restore function you could get five ways: Startup repair, System Restore, Windows complete PC restore, Windows Memory Diagnostic tool and the command prompt. You need to click on System Restore feature and get back your settings.
Here are some benefits and role of the restore feature in Windows 7:
- Less prone to errors
- Scan for affected programs
- Restore previous versions
Less prone to errors
The restore feature in Windows 7 is made less prone to errors. It is possible that utilities and manual methods could change some system settings knowingly or unknowingly. With this, there is a great chance for the system to become unstable or start crashing. The system restore feature takes snapshot of your system periodically these snapshots are known as restore points. As you make any significant changes or install any driver, these restores points are created. You could restore your system back in time using restore points after these restore points are created once.
Scan for affected programs
The restore feature in Windows 7 could help you to scan your system to find all programs and files which were added from specific restore point and programs and files that were removed from certain Restore point. You could find out yourself by running 'Scan for Affected Programs' and there is no need to stay in uncertainty about which programs will get deleted after you perform the System Restore. You could get list of all programs and files which would be deleted or added after System Restore.
The restore feature in Windows 7 gives you the capability to restore the system to previous versions. The option lists out all previous versions of selected file or folder from various restore points available. With this option, a previous restore point could be opened to see all files in it and could copy and restore these files. The Windows 7 System Restore is thus made free from need of full system restore. You could use 'Restore previous versions' feature to copy or restore to its original state, if you have accidentally deleted any specific file or folder.