How to Do a System Restore in Windows 8 and 8.1
System protection is a feature that regularly creates and saves information about your computer's system files
, and registry settings
as restore points
for all drives that have system protection turned on. You can use these restore points to do a system restore
to return these items to an earlier point in time without affecting personal files (ex: anything in C:\Users\(user-name) folder). Restore points are created just before significant system events, such as the installation of a program or device driver
. They're also created automatically by Windows using a scheduled task once every seven days if no other restore points were created in the previous seven days, but you can create restore points
manually at any time.
This will show you how to do a System Restore
to undo system changes by restoring Windows 8
, and all drives system protection is turned on
, to a selected previous restore point
You must be logged in as an administrator
to be able to do a system restore in Windows 8.
System Restore isn't available for Windows RT
A System Restore will replace the password
of all local user accounts to what they were at the time of the selected restore point.
If you do a System Restore when the PC is in safe mode
, then you will not be able to undo the restore
operation. However, you are able to still run System Restore again and choose a different restore point if available.
To Do a System Restore at Boot for Windows 8
Boot to the System Recovery Options
screen, and click/tap on System Restore
in Advanced Options
. (see screenshot below)
If prompted, choose the OS
(ex: Windows 8) that you want to do a System Restore with. (see screenshot below) NOTE: You will usually only see this if you booted from a Windows 8 installation DVD or USB thumb drive, or ISO file if in a virtual machine
3. Go to step 8 in OPTION TWO below.
4. After step 14 in OPTION TWO below, click/tap on Restart, then do step 15 in OPTION TWO below. (see screenshot below)
To Do a System Restore in Windows 8
Do step 2, 3, or 4
below for how you would like to start doing a System Restore. 2. Open the Power User Tasks Menu, click/tap on System, and go to step 5. (see screenshot below)
5. Click/tap on the System protection link in the left pane. (see screenshot below)
6. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.
7. Click/tap on the System Restore button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You will not see this screen if you did step 4. If you did step 4, then skip this step and go to step 8.
8. If displayed, click/tap on Next, and go to step 10. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You will only see this screen if this is the first time that system restore is being done in Windows 8.
9. Select (dot) Choose a different restore point, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
10. Select a restore point that you would like to restore your computer state back to, and click/tap on the Scan for affected programs button. (see screenshot below)
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.
11. Verify that the listed affected programs and drivers to be deleted and restored will be ok to you, and click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If not, then click/tap on Close and go back to step 10 to select another restore point.
12. When ready, click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below step 10)
13. Click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The listed drives here will be restored back to the state of when the selected restore point was created.
14. Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)
WARNING: This will immediately restart your computer to finish the system restore.
15. After the computer has restarted and you opened the Desktop (Windows+D) next, click/tap on the Close button. (see screenshot below)