Recover your Windows 8 PC with System Restore

Use System Restore as a recovery tool in Windows 8

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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:

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.

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By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.