Restore from a Restore Point in Windows 8

The new Refresh and Reset programs in Windows 8 work wonders in resuscitating an ailing computer, and they’re more powerful than the older System Restore technology. But in case you’ve come to rely on the System Restore programs built into Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, Windows 8 still includes System Restore — if you know where to find it.

To send your computer back to a restore point when it was working much better, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the bottom-left corner of any screen and choose System from the pop-up menu. When the System window appears, click System Protection from the left pane. Finally, when the System Properties window appears, click System Restore.

    The System Restore window appears.

  2. Click the Next button at the System Restore window.

    The System Restore Point lists available restore points.

  3. Click a listed restore point.

    You can see more available restore points by selecting the Show More Restore Points check box.

  4. Click the Scan for Affected Programs button to see how your chosen restore point will affect programs.

    A handy touch, this lists programs you’ll probably need to reinstall.

  5. Click Next to confirm your chosen restore point. Then click Finish.

    Your computer grumbles a bit and then restarts, using those earlier settings that (hopefully) worked fine.

If your system is already working fine, feel free to create your own restore point. Name the restore point something descriptive, such as Before Letting the Babysitter Use the Computer. (That way, you know which restore point to use if things go awry.)

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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