System Restore is a service provided in Windows operating system, which runs in the background and creates restore points of your system. Whenever you are facing problems on your Windows 8 computer and you are unable to repair them, then you can restore your Windows 8 computer to its previous restore point (when your computer was functioning correctly) to fix the issues.

And, this guide will provide the complete information on how to create System Restore points on Windows 8 and how to restore Windows 8 to the previous date.

So, go through this editorial and learn how to use System Restore at times when you are unable to fix Windows 8 issues.

How to Enable System Restore in Windows 8?

  • Go to Start, type restore and click on Create a restore point
  • In the System Protection window, under Protection Settings you can see all available drives of your Windows 8 computer
  • Select each drive, click on Configure button to enable its protection
  • Next, hit Turn on system protection option
  • Use the Max Usage slider and adjust hard drive space for System Restore service
  • Click on OK button

How to Create a Restore Points in Windows 8 Computer?

System Restore automatically creates restore points on weekly basis, and whenever major changes are made to the computer like application or driver installed, uninstalled etc. You can also create a restore point manually, whenever you need. To create restore point manually,

  • Go to Start, type restore and click on Create a restore point
  • In the System Protection window, opt for Create option
  • Give description for the restore point (It helps to recall why you created it)
  • Hit the Create button and wait
  • When it is done, Close the window

How to Restore Windows 8 Computer to an Earlier Restore Point (Date)?

You can use these restore points at times when you face any issue in your Windows 8 computer. So, how to restore Windows 8 computer to the previous point? Here it is.

  • As mentioned above, from Start menu reach, System Protection wizard
  • Click on System Restore option
  • Go Next, and you will see all available restore points
  • Opt Show more restore points to see automatic restore points created prior to installation of apps or drivers
  • Select the desired restore point (the most recent restore point is best)
  • Hit Scan for affected programs
  • System Restore will show two lists
  • First is the list of programs and drivers, which you will lose if Windows 8 is restored to the selected point
  • Second is the list of programs and drivers, which might be restored after System Restore
  • Go through the lists and when you are ready, pick the apt restore point and proceed
  • Windows will ask for confirmation; ensure you have selected the correct restore point
  • If everything is set, then hit the Finish button
  • System Restore notifies before it begins, if you are OK with that then click on Yes
  • Now, your Windows 8 computer will restart

Caution: The restore process cannot be interrupted in middle.

After completion of the System Restore process, verify whether your issues are resolved or not.

Note: System Restore is different from the backup process. It works on underlying Windows operating system, more willingly than the whole ball of wax. Thus, System Restore doesn’t back up your personal files while creating restore points. Also, it won’t delete or swap any of your personal data when you do a System Restore.

In case, the System Restore process got interrupted in mid-way then do it again. If, you lose entire or any of your personal data due to unknown errors/issues raised during System Restore action then make use of efficient recovery program and restore your deleted files in Windows 8 system. And, remember- System Restore creates a restore point before it begins the restore process. Thus, you can always undo the accomplished System Restore action by executing the same process and selecting the newly created restore point.