Windows 7

Windows 7

Modern computers are extremely sensitive to changes in the files and settings that run them, commonly known as the Operating System (for example Windows 7). Even a tiny bug can cause your entire system to crash. Using Anti-virus, Anti-malware and Anti-spyware programs can help you avoid most threats, but what about unintentional changes to system files and settings?

When you install or uninstall most programs on your computer, some Windows system files and settings get modified. These changes might cause problems later, by interfering with the functioning of the OS or other programs. While some programs made for Windows 7 like computer maintenance tools and anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-malware tools have an inbuilt function which creates system restore points before major changes take place, you might not have any of them installed!

It is always advisable to create restore points once in a few weeks when your computer is running without any bugs. Restore points let you revert back to old system settings, so that any problems arising from changes caused by updates or program installations and uninstallations can be solved without having to re-install the OS. Creating System Restore Points and Restoring your computer are particularly easy in Windows 7.

How to Create A System Restore Point in Windows 7

  • Right-Click on the Computer icon in the desktop or Start Menu, or anywhere in the Computer Folder and go to Computer Properties.
  • Click on System Protection in the left sidebar.
  • Check whether protection has been enabled for all desired drives.
  • Enable/Disable Protection by clicking on the drive and then Configure.
  • Set Type of Protection and Disk Space Used.
  • You may also delete previous restore points here.
  • Once all drive protection settings have been checked, click on Create to create a new restore point. This might take a couple of minutes or even more to complete.

How to Restore a Windows 7 Computer to a System Restore Point

  • Right-Click on the Computer icon in the desktop or Start Menu, or anywhere in the Computer Folder and go to Computer Properties.
  • Click on System Protection in the left sidebar.
  • Click System Restore.
  • Click on Next to see available restore points.
  • Now try to remember the most recent date when your computer was running properly. If that is on or after the most recent restore point date, select it. Otherwise select an earlier restore point.
  • Click on Next and select the drives you want to restore. Typically only restoring the drive containing your Windows 7 installation should be enough.
  • Now, you should close all other programs and windows and ensure backup power supply to avoid any problems.
  • Proceed with System Restore to revert back to a previous working configuration.

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