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How to Restore System to a Previous State Using Restore Point in Windows 8

Posted by Sanjoli Gupta Articles | Windows 8 March 29, 2012
In this article I explain how to restore a system to a previous state using a restore point in Windows 8
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Restoring a Windows Operating System to a previous state is not at all new but it can be very handy and time saving. Let's take an example; suppose you installed a new application or driver and after a while your system starts performing abnormally or it is infected by viruses from clicking on the mouse unintentionally. Wherever the case it is, you may want to go back to a previous state, say yesterday. You can refresh or reset your system, but system restore is the best for this kind of scenarios.
System Restore is a feature of system protection that is available in the Control Panel. To access the control panel, read my previous post. To restore a system to a previous state using a restore point, you have to follow some steps.

Use the control panel, then select System and Security:

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Then select System:

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After that select System Protection and then click on the create option:

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It will open one dialog box as:

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This is optional. Windows 8 creates a restore point for you automatically during Windows Updates and other system maintenance events. But you can create a restore point manually at any time. On the System Protection dialog box, click Create and name the restore point. Windows creates the restore point for you.

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If you don't want to keep the restore point, you can use the Configure option to delete it.

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Restore system from a restore point

Let's say you installed something that caused your computer to refuse to work, and you are ready to repair it and go back to what you had on the computer yesterday. Click on the System Restore option:

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The scan affected program option allows checking which programs may be affected by the operation before changes are applied to your system.

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Some of the useful resources are:

BackUp Device in C# .Net

Restore Files Using File History in Windows 8

Saving and Restoring Graphics States in GDI+

Restore and Preserve Page State for Windows Phone 7.5 or Mango Phone

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