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Safeguard Your System with System Restore

System Restore in Windows 8 lets you set restore points (think of them as snapshots of your important system files), which you can return to whenever the Big Eight experiences problems. Most folks turn to System Restore if the installation of new hardware or software causes instability in Windows 8; you can also use it when a system file was accidentally erased or altered.

Note that System Restore can recover only your Windows 8 system files, so if you accidentally trash Aunt Harriet’s prized family brownie recipe, you’re still out of luck — it’s time to turn to your backup.

Windows 8 automatically saves restore points regularly, but you can follow these steps to manually create a restore point as a safety net — for example, if you’re about to install a new device. (You should only create a restore point if your PC is behaving itself and acting normally.)

After you apply a restore point, Windows 8 must reboot. Therefore, close down any applications that you have running with open documents before you run the System Restore Wizard.

Follow these steps to create a new restore point:

  1. Display the Charms bar and click the Search icon, and then click the Settings button and type System Restore into the Search box.

  2. Click the Create a Restore Point button that appears in the Search results pane to display the settings you see here.

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  3. Click the Create button.

  4. In the following wizard window, type a name in the Description box — something like Windows 8 before adding new video card — and then click the Create button.

    Windows 8 displays a confirmation message indicating that the restore point has been successfully saved. Click OK to acknowledge your success.

  5. Click OK to return to your Desktop.

If you need to use a restore point to recover from a calamity, follow these steps:

  1. Display the Charms bar and click the Search icon, and then click the Settings button and type System Restore into the Search box.

  2. Click the Create a Restore Point button that appears in the Search results pane.

  3. Click the System Restore button to run the System Restore Wizard; then click Next on the introductory screen.

  4. Click to select a restore point from the list — before you encountered your current problem, naturally — and click Next to continue.

    Windows 8 displays a confirmation message with information about the point you chose.

  5. Click Finish to apply the restore point.

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