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Creating Restore Points in Windows 8

windodws8_logoAs with previous versions of the Windows operating system, Windows 8 includes a mechanism to create restore points.   Restore points are basically snapshots of the current state of the computer at the time a restore point was created. System Restore monitors the operating system for changes and creates restore points at regular daily intervals, usually when Windows 8 is loaded on any particular day. If your computer is not powered up when a restore point creation has been scheduled, Windows 8 will create the restore point when the computer is booted up. You can also create manual restore points before installing  or uninstalling software or hardware, or making changes to the operating system.

By default, System Restore is enabled on Windows 8 computers, and is configured to monitor and create restore points for all attached hard drives or data storage devices.  System Restore requires at least 300 MB of disk space on the system volume to save restore points, and can use up to 100% of the free space of the drive as needed to store multiple restore points. However, System Restore will relinquish free space if needed by the user. You can manually configure the amount of free space that system restore can use, and you can also turn System Restore off for specific drives if you need to, but it is recommended that you leave it enabled for your Primary Drive (Local Disk C:).

 Modify system restore settings:

  1. In the  Control Panel, select System And Security, and then select System.  You can also type the word restore from the Metro interface  and select Create a restore point.
  2. In the left pane, select System Protection.
  3. Select the drive you want to configure from the list of available drives shown on the System Protection tab, and select Configure to access the System Protection properties for that drive.
  4. After you have configured the properties for the selected drive, click OK.

Creating Manual Restore Points:

You can create a manual restore point by following these steps:

  1. In the  Control Panel, select System And Security, and then select System.  You can also type the word restore from the Metro interface  and select Create a restore point.
  2. In the left pane, select System Protection.
  3. Select the disk for which you want to create the restore point, and then  click Create.
  4.  Enter a description for the restore point (To remind you why the restore point was created, such as installing an application, or making changes to your computer)
  5. Click  Create.
  6. When the restore point is created,  click OK.

Restoring your computer using Restore Points:

There are different ways to restore a computer to a previous restore point, depending on whether Windows 8 can boot up on your computer.  Steps for using System Restore are described below for both scenarios.

 Restoring your computer while Windows is running:

  1. In the  Control Panel, select System And Security, and then select System.  You can also type the word restore from the Metro interface  and select Create a restore point.
  2. In the left pane, select System Protection.
  3. Select the drive you want to restore, and click System Restore.
    • If you want to see what if any additional restore points are available, select Choose a Different Restore Point, and click Next.
    • System Restore will present a list of available restore points.  When selecting a restore point, you can determine what programs may be affected by clicking Scan for Affected Programs.
    • Once you have selected the restore point you want to use, click Next.
  4. The next screen will give you the opportunity to confirm your choice. If all is good, click Finish.
    • Your computer will automatically restart when the restore process  is completed. Do not use your computer during this time, and do not turn your computer off.

Restoring your computer when Windows will not load:

  1. If Windows 8 will not load, the Recovery screen will be displayed
  2. Select See advanced repair options, and then select Troubleshoot.
  3. In the Troubleshooting window, select Advanced Options, and then select System Restore.
  4. System Restore will launch, and you will be presented with a choice of restore points and options
  5. Select the drive you want to restore, and click System Restore.
    • If you want to see what if any additional restore points are available, select Choose a Different Restore Point, and click Next.
    • System Restore will present a list of available restore points. When selecting a restore point, you can determine what programs may be affected by clicking Scan for Affected Programs.
  6. Once you have selected the restore point you want to use, click Next.
  7. The next screen will give you the opportunity to confirm your choice. If all is good, click Finish.
    • Your computer will automatically restart when the restore process is completed. Do not use your computer during this time, and do not turn your computer off.

System Restore is not always successful at restoring your computer. If your attempt to restore your computer fails, you can go through the processes described above and select a different restore point.

I hope this post was useful for you.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please feel free to contact me. I won’t sell your information or try to spam you, but I will try to help you or at least get you going in the right direction.

Thanks for reading, and Peace!

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