How to perform a system Restore / Create Restore point for Windows 7

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How to perform a system Restore / Create Restore point for Windows 7

If you need to restore software files and settings to an earlier point and time, you can perform a system restore for Windows 7 on your Dell computer or laptop.
There are two ways to perform this restore: from the Control Panel and from the Advanced Boot Options menu.

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From the Control Panel

Use this method if you can access your computer’s desktop.
My Dell in 99 seconds: System restore from inside Windows 7 (1:47)(English Only)

    1. Log on to your computer as an administrator.
    2. Open the Control Panel by clicking Start, and then clicking Control Panel.
    3. Click System and Security, and then click System.
    4. Under the Control Panel Home menu, click System protection.
      If you are prompted for an administrator password, type your password. If you are asked for confirmation, provide confirmation.
  1. Click System Restore.
  2. Recommended Restore is the default choice. This restore is the most recent restore point and the best place to start.
  3. To choose a different restore point, click Choose a different restore point, click Next and then click a restore point.
  4. Click Next, and then click Finish to confirm your restore point.
  5. To start the restore process, click Yes.
  6. Once the system restore is complete, your computer will restart.
If the most recent restore point doesn’t resolve the issue,select the next restore point. Any software installed after the restore point will be lost and you’ll need to reinstall it.

From the Advanced Boot Options menu

Use this method if you can’t access your computer’s desktop.

My Dell in 99 seconds: System restore from outside Windows 7 (1:46)(English Only)

    1. Restart your computer.
    2. As your computer restarts, press and hold the F8 key before the Windows logo appears to open theAdvanced Boot Options menu.
      If the Advanced Boot Options menu doesn’t appear, restart your computer after the Windows logon prompt appears, and try again.
  1. Use the Arrow keys to select Repair Your Computer, and then press Enter.
  2. Select your language settings, and click Next click to read more.
  3. Log on as an administrator, and click OK.
  4. Click System Restore, and then click Next.
  5. The most recent restore point is the default choice and the best place to start.
  6. To choose a different restore point, click the Show more restore points check box, and then click a restore point.
  7. Click Next, and then click Finish to confirm your restore point.
  8. To start the restore process, click Yes.
  9. Once the system restore is complete, click Restart to restart your computer.
If the most recent restore point doesn’t resolve the issue, select the next restore point. Any software installed after the selected restore point will be lost and you’ll need to reinstall it.

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