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How to run System Restore in windows Vista on your Dell PC



This article provides information on the various ways to run System Restore in Windows Vista.


Table of Contents:

  1. How do I run Windows Vista System Restore on my Dell PC
  2. How to run Windows Vista System Restore
  3. Make sure your PC is creating a System Restore Point

1. How do I run Windows Vista System Restore on my Dell PC

System Restore is a basic troubleshooting step that requires you restore the operating system settings to the way they were on a particular date.

Installing updates, new software and drivers can make your system run slow or unpredictably.

This can sometimes resolve software issues by taking everything back to a point before any changes where made to the system and the PC was working fine.

NOTE: System Restore will not delete any of your files, but you may have to reinstall any software, updates or drivers that were installed after the date you are taking the PC back to.

There are 3 different ways to run System Restore in Windows Vista, shown below.


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2. How to run Windows Vista System Restore

NOTE: Before you start System Restore, save any open files and close all programs. System Restore will restart your PC as part of it's operation.

From inside the Operating System

  1. Open System Restore by clicking the Start button at the corner of your Desktop.

Start Button

  1. In the Search Box, type System Restore and then in the list of results click System Restore.

  2. Type the password or click Allow if you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation.

  3. A wizard program will prompt you through choosing a restore point and restoring your computer.

Restore Point

NOTE: If the date given is not old enough, you can select the option to show older dates. Select the highlighted one that suits your timeframe.
  1. When its run through the wizard, click Finish and it will restart your PC.

Wizard Finish

  1. After your PC has restarted you will receive an onscreen message advising if the restore was successful or not.

    1. If it was successful, then your issue should be resolved.

    2. If it was successful, but the fault returns then contact your Technical Support for further troubleshooting.

    3. If it wasn't successful, contact your Technical Support to take you through further troubleshooting on the issue.

Restore Message

From either the Recovery Options on Start up or on your Operating System Reinstallation DVD

  1. You can boot to the Recovery Options screen in two different ways.

    1. Tap the F8 key while the PC starts up, but before the windows logo appears onscreen. Select Repair Your Computer

    2. Tap the F12 while the PC is at the Dell Screen. Select CD/DVD Drive to boot to your DVD. It will start the install setup for your Operating System. Select Repair Your Computer at the Install Screen.

  2. You will get a menu up with several choices. You only need System Restore.

Recovery Options

  1. From this point it follows from method I step 4.

  2. After your PC has restarted you will receive an onscreen message advising if the restore was successful or not.

    1. If it was successful, then your issue should be resolved.

    2. If it was successful, but the fault returns then contact your Technical Support for further troubleshooting.

    3. If it wasn't successful, contact your Technical Support to take you through further troubleshooting on the issue.

Restore Message

From the Command Prompt in Safe Mode

  1. Start your PC in safe mode by tapping the F8 key while the system starts and before the windows logo is seen onscreen.

  2. You will get the Advanced Boot Menu up. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt by using the Cursor/Arrow Keys and pressing the ENTER key when you've highlighted the correct option.


  • Advanced Boot Options
  • Choose Advanced Options for: Microsoft Windows Vista
    (Use the arrow keys to highlight your choice.)
  • Repair your Computer
  • Safe Mode

    Safe Mode with Networking
    Safe Mode with Command Prompt
  • Enable Boot Logging
    Enable low-resolution video (640x480)
    Last Known Good Configuration (advanced)
    Directory Services Restore Mode
    Debugging Mode
    Disable automatic restart on system failure
    Disable Driver Signature Enforcement

  • Start Windows Normally
  • Description: View a list of system recovery tools you can use to repair
    startup problems, run diagnostics, or restore your system.
  • ENTER=Choose ESC=Cancel

  1. You will be asked to login with an Administrators Account.

  2. At the command prompt type rstrui.exe and then press the ENTER key.

  3. From this point it follows from Method I step 4.

  4. After your PC has restarted you will receive an onscreen message advising if the restore was successful or not.

    1. If it was successful, then your issue should be resolved.

    2. If it was successful, but the fault returns then contact your Technical Support for further troubleshooting.

    3. If it wasn't successful, contact your Technical Support to take you through further troubleshooting on the issue.

Restore Message


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3. Make sure your PC is creating a Restore Point

How to check your system is creating a restore point automatically

Restore points are created automatically every time you make a system change like installing a new program, an update or a driver.

You can turn this off, but we wouldn't recommend doing so.

This section will tell you how to check this hasn't been done to your system.

  1. Click on the Start Button at the corner of your desktop and type System into the Search Bar and press the Enter key.

  2. Click on System so it opens in a new window.

  1. In the next window click on the System Protection tab.

  1. On that page select Configure it will bring up a page that will show if Turn off System Protection is selected.

  2. If it is then you can change it to restore System settings and previous versions of files and click Apply.

  1. If it isn't, then leave it as set.

To manually create a restore point

  1. Open System by clicking the Start button at the corner of your desktop.

  2. Right-click on Computer and choose Properties.

  3. In the left pane click System Protection.

  4. If you're asked for an administrator password or confirmation then either type in the password or click Allow.

  5. Click the System Protection tab and then click on Create.

  6. In the System Protection dialog box type a description - i.e. the date and then click Create.

  7. The Microsoft site has a Video with instructions for Windows 7. While some of the graphics might look different to what you see in Vista, the steps are the same. Please check out the video on the link below.


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Data da última modificação: 05/31/2017 08:23 AM


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