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How to restore Windows to an earlier working state

System Restore is a tool in Microsoft Windows that allows you to restore your operating system to an earlier working state, like for instance, before a bad installation, a driver or software update that caused issues, or even a virus infection.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to easily choose a Restore point to go back to.
  1. On the Taskbar search box, type Recovery. Click on the Recovery tool to open it.
  2. Click the Open System Restore link.
  3. The Recommended System Restore will restore your system at the last restore point. If your computer issues are before that date, then pick the Choose a different Restore Point option. Click Next.
  4. If you chose the last option, then you will see a list of all the restore points that have been created by Windows. The description of the Restore Point can help you in choosing the right Restore Point for you. You can enable the Show more restore points option to see older restore points.
  5. If you click the Scan for affected programs button, you will see a window with a list of programs that will be affected if you choose to restore to that specific point. This usually is not something to be concerned about, and your personal files and documents will not be affected.
  6. Click Next, and then Finish. A confirmation pop-up will appear. Clicking Yes will restart your computer to proceed with the restore point. This might take some time.
  7. Upon restart, you will receive a message confirming the successful restore.
Disclaimer: The content provided in this article is for informational purposes only. You are solely responsible for verifying the information as being appropriate for your personal use.

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