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How to Use the System Restore Feature

When you install a new program or piece of hardware on your computer, you expect everything to work properly. Sometimes, however, things do not go as planned, and that new piece of hardware or software ends up causing crashes, freezes and other problems.

If you start experiencing these types of issues after installing a new piece of hardware or a new program, the first thing you should do is uninstall that software or equipment. But sometimes uninstalling the problematic program or removing the malfunctioning hardware is not enough. That software and hardware can leave traces that continue to plague your computer, and until you deal with the underlying issue you will not be able to fully recover.

Fortunately, you can turn back the clock on your Windows 7 computer and restore it to a time before the problems first appeared. The system restore feature in Windows 7 is similar to the one in Windows XP, but it is even more powerful and flexible. Windows 7 allows you to create additional restore points, and even allows you to specify exactly which files you want to add or remove when the computer is restored to its earlier state.

To restore your Windows 7 computer to an earlier time, just use the following steps.

1. Click the Start button
2. Type System Restore in the Search box
3. Choose System Restore
4. Enter the administrator password for your computer when prompted
5. Wait for the wizard to open up, then chose a restore point that is before the date you first started experiencing problems
6. Confirm the restore point and wait for the process to complete

When the restore process is complete, your computer will reboot automatically. When you log back in, you will have a chance to confirm the restore point or roll it back.


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