Use System Restore as a recovery tool in Windows 8
In a previous set of articles, I covered most of the tools found on the Windows 8 Recovery Drive that you can use to get your system back up and running in the event of a disaster. In case you missed any of them, here is a list:
- Create a Recovery Drive in Windows 8 - I showed you how to create a Recovery Drive in for both a flash drive and an optical disk.
- Be ready to use the Windows 8 Recovery Drive - I showed you how to use the Recovery Drive and exactly what to expect if you should ever need it.
- How the Windows 8 Automatic Repair feature works - I showed you how the access and use the Automatic Repair tool from the Recovery Drive.
- Refresh your Windows 8 system from a Recovery Drive - I showed you how to use the default mode of the Refresh your PC tool from the Recovery Drive.
- Create a custom recovery image for Windows 8's Refresh your PC tool - I showed you how to use the Recimg command line tool to create a custom recovery image for the Refresh your PC tool.
- Reset your PC from a Windows 8 Recovery Drive - I showed you how to use the Reset your PC tool from the Recovery Drive.
- Restore Windows 8 with System Image Recovery - I showed you how to create and use the System Image Recovery tool from the Recovery Drive to restore your hard disk.
Now, while the focus of those articles was mainly on the new tools in Windows 8, the venerable System Restore, which has been around since Windows XP, is still a recovery tool that you should keep in mind when it comes to getting your system back up and running in the event of a problem. In fact, System Restore is one of the options that you can run from the Recovery Drive. However, you can still run and configure System Restore right from within Windows 8.In this article, I'll show you how to configure and use System Restore in Windows 8. As I do, I'll show you how to manually create a restore point and then show you how to restore your system to an earlier point in time. I'll also show you how to undo a restore point. Credit: Images by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic