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System Restore - How to Do in Windows 8

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    System Restore - How to Do in Windows 8

    System Restore - How to Do in Windows 8
    How to Do a System Restore in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    How to Do a System Restore in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    System protection is a feature that regularly creates and saves information about your computer's system files, programs, drivers, 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.

    warning   Warning
    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.


    CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Do a System Restore at Boot for Windows 8 and 8.1
    • Option Two: To Do a System Restore in Windows 8 and 8.1







    OPTION ONE
    To Do a System Restore at Boot for Windows 8 and 8.1

    1. Boot to the System Recovery Options screen, and click/tap on System Restore in Advanced Options. (see screenshot below)

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    2. 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.

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    3. If prompted, choose a listed administrator account to provide it's credentials to approve a system restore. (see screenshot below.

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    A) Enter the password for the selected administrator account, and click/tap on Continue. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Go to step 8 in OPTION TWO below.

    5. After step 14 in OPTION TWO below, click/tap on Restart, then do step 15 in OPTION TWO below. (see screenshot below)

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    OPTION TWO
    To Do a System Restore in Windows 8 and 8.1

    1. 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)

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    OR

    3.
    Open the
    Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the System icon, and go to step 5.

    OR

    4.
    Open the
    Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Recovery icon, click/tap on the Open System Restore link, and go to step 6. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on the System protection link in the left pane. (see screenshot below)

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    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.
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    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.

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    9. Select (dot) Choose a different restore point, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    14.
    Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)
    WARNING: This will immediately restart your computer to finish the system restore.

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    15.
    After the computer has restarted and you opened the Desktop (Windows+D) next, click/tap on the Close button. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Hmm I tried to do this and it hung. I used system restore only once before and it worked. I'm wondering if Auslogics Defrag Free may hose things. Perhaps I should use the original Windows defrag.

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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10159


    Hey Miles,

    It could have. See if turning off and on System Protection to reset it may allow you to be able to successfully create a restore point and do a system restore afterwards.
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hey Miles,

    It could have. See if turning off and on System Protection to reset it may allow you to be able to successfully create a restore point and do a system restore afterwards.
    Now that I remember, when the Laptop was only a couple of days old I had to use a Restore Point to bail myself out of a jam. After the dialog about it can't be interrupted it said Restarting, then I got a black screen with only a mouse pointer. After about 20 minutes it completed the restore. I think it's just doing the same thing now. Why it has to think about it for that long I have no idea.

    But I used a ERDNT to get my settings back(what I was running the restore for to get my video settings back) then turned System Restore Off and back On.

    I don't want to test it because it stresses me out to sit there that long staring at a mouse pointer. But I have a Macrium image if I have to resort to it. I guess I'll have to make sure to run ERUNT every day just for settings backup.
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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10159


    Yeah, usually if I start a system restore, I'll go off to do something else for a while to let it finish and help pass the time.
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yeah, usually if I start a system restore, I'll go off to do something else for a while to let it finish and help pass the time.
    I never got this on my desktop machines. Then again I've only run W8 on this Laptop so I can't compare Laptop vs desktop with the same Windows flavor. All I know is W7 and earlier on my desktops it was uncommon to get a 20 minute lag. On the Laptop it seems to be built in. Oh well.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I used to use system restore until it quit working right in 8 & 8.1.
    I like Macrium better anyways.
    Sorry to intrude.
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I used to use system restore until it quit working right in 8 & 8.1.
    I like Macrium better anyways.
    Sorry to intrude.
    Not at all. For some things I hate laying on an image. Like this latest thing is I'm totally unable to get decent looking text on a white background. Video is fine. But especially browsers in forums are eye sores. No matter how I tweak the video settings it always seems to get worse instead of better. Until this Laptop I've always had CRT monitors and didn't have any problem reading text in browsers. For settings only restore I guess ERUNT is the way to go.
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