Written by Barry Dysert (last updated December 15, 2014)
Sometimes, installing software or device drivers has an adverse impact on your system. Setting a Restore Point prior to an installation allows you to reset your system to its previous state in case you discover that installing the new software wasn't such a good idea. (How to set a Restore Point is covered in another tip.) Assuming you had set a Restore Point, you can revert your system back to its previous condition by doing a system restore.
To do a system restore follow these steps if you are using Windows 8:
Figure 1. The System dialog box.
Figure 2. The System Protection tab of the System Properties dialog box.
If you are using Windows 7 the steps are a bit different. (The biggest difference is how you get to the first dialog box.). Follow these steps:
Figure 3. The System dialog box.
Figure 4. The System Protection tab of the System Properties dialog box.
This tip (12212) applies to Windows 7 and 8.
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