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How to perform a system restore for Windows 7

Article ID : 266590Date Published : 2009-08-29Journal ID : b6440404-cb67-4ecd-a711-7b507543614a
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.

From the Control Panel


Use this method if you can access your computer’s desktop.
Watch this video or follow the steps below.
My Dell in 99 seconds: System restore from inside Windows 7 (1:47)
  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.
    Note: If you're prompted for an administrator password, type your password. If you're asked for confirmation, provide confirmation.

  5. Click System Restore.
  6. Recommended Restore is the default choice. This restore is the most recent restore point and the best place to start.
  7. To choose a different restore point, click Choose a different restore point, click Next and then click a restore point.
  8. Click Next, and then click Finish to confirm your restore point.
  9. To start the restore process, click Yes.
  10. Once the system restore is complete, your computer will restart.

Note: 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.
Watch this video or follow the steps below.
My Dell in 99 seconds: System restore from outside Windows 7 (1:46)
  1. Restart your computer.
  2. As your computer restarts, press and hold the F8 key before the Windows logo appears to open the Advanced Boot Options menu.
    Note: If the Advanced Boot Options menu doesn't appear, restart your computer after the Windows logon prompt appears, and try again.

  3. Use the Arrow keys to select Repair Your Computer, and then press Enter.
  4. Select your language settings, and click Next.
  5. Log on as an administrator, and click OK.
  6. Click System Restore, and then click Next.
  7. The most recent restore point is the default choice and the best place to start.
  8. To choose a different restore point, click the Show more restore points check box, and then click a restore point.
  9. Click Next, and then click Finish to confirm your restore point.
  10. To start the restore process, click Yes.
  11. Once the system restore is complete, click Restart to restart your computer.

Note: 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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