In Windows, how can I restore my computer to a previous configuration?

You can use a feature called System Restore to restore your Windows computer to a previous working configuration. To use System Restore, follow the appropriate steps for your operating system.

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Windows 8.x and 7

  1. In Windows 8.x, press Win-c; from the Charms menu, choose Search, and then Apps. Enter rstrui and select the matching result.

    In Windows 7, in the Start menu search field, enter system restore , rstrui , or rstrui.exe and select the matching result.

  2. In the resulting System Restore menu, click Next. Choose a restore point that was created before your current configuration stopped working.

    Note: If you need to select a restore point that isn't listed, click Show more restore points.

  3. Click Next, and then Finish.

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Windows Vista

  1. In the Start menu search field, enter system restore .

  2. Click Choose a different restore point, and then click Next.

  3. Choose a restore point that was created before your current configuration stopped working. Click Next, and then Finish.

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Last modified on 2014-06-24.

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