Using Microsoft Windows System Restore
The Windows operating systems provide a System Restore option to allow
you to return your computer to an earlier operating state (without affecting
data files) if changes to the hardware, software, or other system settings have
left the computer in an undesirable operating state. Any changes that System
Restore makes to your computer are completely reversible.
monitor your data files or recover them.
The procedures in this document were written for the Windows default
view, so they may not apply if you set your Dell computer to the Windows Classic
Starting System Restore
close any open files and exit any open programs. Do not alter, open, or delete any
files or programs until the system restoration is complete.
1 Click Start→ All Programs→ Accessories→ System Tools→ System
2 Click either Restore my computer to an earlier time or Create a restore
3 Click Next and follow the remaining on-screen prompts.
1 Click Start
2 In the Start Search box, type System Restore and press <Enter>.
administrator on the computer, click Continue; otherwise, contact your
administrator to continue the desired action.
3 Click Next and follow the remaining prompts on the screen.
In the event that System Restore did not resolve the issue, you may undo the
last system restore.
Make regular backups of your data files. System Restore does not
Before you restore the computer to an earlier operating state, save and
The User Account Control window may appear. If you are an