The System Restore settings are available in Control Panel. On the Windows machine you want to restore, launch Control Panel.
One of the easiest ways to get to the Control Panel is through the Start Menu. Open the Start Menu and type
Control Panel in the search bar at the bottom. Click Control Panel when it appears.
Control Panel will open in a new window. In the upper-right corner of the window, locate the search bar and enter the word
Recovery. Click on the green link titled Recovery next to the icon that looks like a monitor with a stopwatch.
This will open a screen with several recovery options.
To start a System Restore, click Open System Restore. This will open a pop-up wizard to walk you through the system restoration process. Carefully read each page and follow through the steps by clicking Next. If you have multiple restore points, be sure to select the right one. When prompted, initiate the System Restore.
If you've never set a restore point, you won't be able to perform a system restore. If that's the case, you should set one when the OS is running to avoid future issues. If the machine won't boot and you can't restore the OS, you may have to format the harddrive and reinstall a fresh instance of Windows.
- Use steps 1 - 2 to open the Recovery options page.
- Click Configure System Restore. This will open a pop up where system restore points can be created.
- Select a drive to use for storing the system restore data and click Configure. Choose how much space you want to reserve for the restore point. Select the option to Turn on system protection. Click OK.
- Now that you have space defined for the restore data, click Create.... This will open a prompt to name or describe the restore point. Click Create. The restore point will be saved.
Windows is an incredibly versatile tool, an operating system with enough freedom to handle a huge range of tasks, from playing games to writing novels.