Gary Marmillion, Sr. & Gary Marmillion, Jr.
Windows System Restore
What it's good for and why you should use it regularly
System restore is not a highly hyped feature of Windows - but it should be.
System restore was introduced along with Windows XP. But that version almost never worked as it should have. With the introduction of Windows Vista System Restore was revamped into a tool that could work to save your system and your files.
In Windows 7 System restore really became a powerful tool to recover your PC from mishaps caused by malware attacks, bad or improperly installed software or just about any error that could happen to a Windows PC.
PC experts have a constant refrain - backup, backup, backup. And that is very good advice. But when your PC goes haywire reaching for your backup disk or reinstalling a saved system image is not necessarily the first thing you should try.
For more detailed information concerning Windows System Restore try these Microsoft links:
What is System Restore?
System Restore Frequently Asked Questions
Video Demonstrating System Restore
What you can (or should) do
Be sure System Restore is turned on:
*Click the Start Button
*Then right-click Computer
*Then choose Properties
*Choose System Protection (listed on the left). This window shows if System Restore is on and also shows which drives it's protecting.
You can create a shortcut to System Protection:
For maximum protection:
Some virus/malware may, in order to protect itself, disable some system tools such as System Restore. If that is the case the malware must be removed by other means. Then, if any problems persist, use System Restore to recover from them.