Windows System Restore

For some odd reason, it seems that not a lot of people have heard about this feature.  It isn’t heavily advertised, but it can save your tail.  Windows incorporates a files catalog system that keeps track of versions of files.  This allows you to turn back your system to a past time.  This is somewhat similar to Mac’s time machine feature.  Why would you want this feature?  Well, just imagine this scenario.

Let’s say that you had recently installed a piece of software.  This piece of software was free and it came loaded with other software.  Now, this other software was really spyware.  It introduced tracking systems and a barrage of pop ups.  In fact, the onslaught was so severe that you couldn’t really use your computer.  Trust me, I’ve seen this happen.  Be careful about what type of free software you install.  This is especially true of those free screensavers or smilies.

Now, if you click on the start button, and go to “All Programs,” “Accessories,” “System Tools,” and “System Restore,” we can get started.  Once you do that, it will ask you if you want to restore to a previous time or create a restore point.  You want to restore your system to a previous time.  The next screen will present you with a calendar.  This calendar will have bolded dates on it.  These are the days that you can restore back to.  They contain restore points.  Now, you may say that you didn’t create these restore points, and you would be correct.  Your system automatically creates these for certain events.  These can include installing new software, new hardware, etc.  In any case, your system will now run through restoring your system.  This will include a system restart.  This process does not delete your documents.  It only affects installed software.  Here are some screenshots:

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