With a system restore you can go back to a previous date saved on your computer. Say if you have a bad crash or have downloaded software which has made Windows run slow you can return to a previous time where your computer was working fine.

Before running a system restore it is best to backup any important files you have, a guide to this can be found here.

Follow these instructions to run the system restore;

  • Click on the start button Picture of the Start button in the bottom left of your screen.
  • At the bottom of the start menu you will see a search menu, type in “system restore” (or you can find it under all programs).
  • Then click system restore, you will need to be administrator of your computer to do this, you will need to type your username and password here.
  • Once you have done this, you should be into the system restore wizard, pick a date you want to restore the PC to and follow the instructions.

You should get a menu like this to finalise the restore;


  • Your computer will need to restart in order for these changes to take place, once your computer has rebooted everything should be exactly the same as the date you picked.


If you want to take extra care of your important data you can also run a backup and restore, which will do the exact same thing as above however safe copies of your files will be created in case of any unforeseen events.

The backup and restore will allow you to select what files you want to backup or you can let windows choose these for you.