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What is System Restore?


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  1. System Restore
  2. Additional Information
  3. Video(English Only)- System Restore From Inside Windows 7

  4. Video(English Only)-System Restore Outside Windows (Using Win RE)


This article gives an overview of System Restore.


System Restore

System Restore is a Microsoft® Windows® tool designed to protect and repair the computer software. System Restore takes a "snapshot" of some system files and the Windows registry and saves them as Restore Points. When an install failure or data corruption occurs, System Restore can return a system to working condition without reinstalling the operating system. It repairs the Windows environment by reverting back to the files and settings that were saved in the restore point.

System Restore does not affect data files in the My Documents folder.

The utility creates restore points once a day by default. It continually monitors system activity and creates a restore point when particular activities occur. Types of activities that trigger automatic creation of restore points include:

  • installing software
  • updating hardware drivers
  • installing new hardware drivers
  • manual creations of restore points

Additional Information

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Article ID: SLN116485

Last Date Modified: 04/04/2016 08:37 AM


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