How do you do a system restore on Windows 8?


Quick Answer

To do a system restore on Windows 8, go to System Restore, select a restore point and give your computer permission to proceed. The main difference between Windows 8 and 7 is the location of System Restore in the Control Panel.

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  1. Open Control Panel

    Swipe from right to left across your screen. If you are using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then move the pointer down and click Search. Type Control Panel into the search box, and then click or tap Control Panel when it comes up.

  2. Open System Restore

    In the Control Panel search box, type in Recovery, and then tap or click Open System Restore. The information presented should explain that your personal data is unaffected by the restore, and anything recently installed will be uninstalled. After you read everything, select Next at the bottom of the window.

  3. Select restore point

    Windows automatically creates a restore point every time it updates. Select a restore point before the date your issue began. If you do not see one that fits the correct time frame, select the check box at the bottom of the screen to show more restore points. Select the button labeled "Scan for affected programs" to make a note of anything that will be uninstalled in the restore process. Once you have completed this step, select Next.

  4. Perform system restore

    Confirm the restore point shown is the one you want to use. Save and close any open programs or files, then select Finish. One more warning appears stating that the system restore can't be undone until after it is finished. Select Yes to begin the process. Once the process is complete, your computer restarts. After logging into your computer, Windows lets you know if the process was successful or unsuccessful. If you are unsatisfied with your results, Windows always makes a restore point before performing a system restore, so you can repeat the above steps to undo your system restore.

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