How to run System Restore on Windows 8.1 on your Dell PC

How to run System Restore on Windows 8.1 on your Dell PC


Table of Contents:

  1. What is System Restore?
  2. How to run Windows 8.1 System Restore - Method I
  3. How to run Windows 8.1 System Restore - Method II

This article provides information on the various ways to run System Restore in Windows 8.1.


What is System Restore?

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

This can resolve software issues by reverting changes made to the computer by newly installed software or settings changes.

There are 2 different ways to run System Restore in Windows 8.1, shown below:


How to run Windows 8.1 System Restore - Method I

  1. While holding down the SHIFT key, repeatedly and quickly tap the F8 key during the booting process. This will take you into the Recovery Mode menu before the operating system begins to load.
    Note: This may take several attempts before it works as quick booting systems can go past the detection point quicker than you can tap the key.

  2. You can choose the advanced repair options at that point.
  3. Click on the Troubleshoot button.
  4. Select Advanced Options.
  5. Choose System Restore.
  6. From this point it's the same as from Section 3 step.5 of the below guide, please continue below.

How to run Windows 8.1 System Restore - Method II

  1. Open the Power User Tasks Menu and click on System.
  2. Click on the System protection link in the left pane.
  3. If prompted by the User Account Control (UAC), then click on Yes.
  4. Click on the System Restore button.
  5. Click on Next.
    Note: You will only see this screen if this is the first time that system restore is being run in Windows 8.1.

  6. Choose a different restore point and click on Next.
  7. Select a restore point that you would like to restore your computer state back to and click on the Scan for affected programs button.
    Note: If displayed, check the Show Other Restore Points Box to be able to see any older restore points (if available) that are not listed

  8. Verify that the list of affected programs and drivers to be deleted and restored is acceptable and click Close.
    Note: If the list is not acceptable, click Close and go back to Step 7 to select another restore point.

  9. When ready, click on Next.
  10. Click on the Finish button.
    Note: Everything will be restored back to the states it was in when the selected restore point was created.

  11. Click on Yes to confirm.
    Notice: This will immediately restart your computer to finish the system restore.

  12. After the computer has restarted and you have opened the Desktop by pressing the Win+D keys together, click on the Close button that appears saying it was or was not successful.




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Article ID: SLN153569

Last Date Modified: 04/20/2017 08:07 AM


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