System Restore Windows 7: restore your computer to an earlier time and date

Hi there, Dave here In this video I’m going to explain how to restore a computer back to a previous
time and date using Windows 7 ‘System Restore’. I’d just like to quickly explain what system
restore actually does before we get started. Every now and then Windows will automatically take a snap shot
of your computer. These snap shots are known as ‘Restore Points’. If you’ve installed a program or driver that’s
causing problems or if your computer has suddenly started acting
slow or unstable or a program has stopped working properly
or at all or you’ve changed a setting and don’t know
how to change it back using a restore point can often cure all of
these problems by restoring the computer back to a previous
state. By the way, ‘System Restore’ will not remove
any personal files such as photos, e-mails, music, videos, documents
and so on. It may uninstall a program or driver that
has been recently installed though which can be a good thing if that program
or driver is causing problems. So here’s how to use system restore. Click on ‘Start’ ‘All Programs’ ‘Accessories’ ‘System Tools’ ‘System Restore’. You will now see one of two windows… if you see this window or one similar to this click on ‘Choose a different restore point’,
then click ‘Next’. If instead you see this window, just click
on ‘Next’. Now click in the box next to ‘Show more restore
points’ to see all available restore points. Choose a time and date that you would like
to roll your computer back to. If you want to you can click on ‘Scan for
effected programs’ to see if any programs will be effected by
using the restore point you’ve selected. Now click on ‘Next’. In this box here it says… ‘If you have changed your Windows password
recently, we recommend that you create a password reset
disk.’ In other words, if you roll your computer
back to a time when you had a different Windows password your existing password may no longer work. So if you have changed your Windows password
recently click on ‘Create a password reset disk’ and
follow the onscreen instructions. If you don’t need to create a reset disk,
or once you’re done doing so click on ‘Finish’. Do you wish to continue? Once you click on ‘Yes’, your computer will
automatically restart. Once your computer has finished implementing
the restore point and has restarted it will show a message like this one. Once this appears, click on ‘Close’. If the problem that you were having has gone,
then you’re done. But if this hasn’t had the desired affect
that you wanted, you can either go through the same process again, but this
time select the most recent ‘Undo’ to get you back to where you started from or alternatively you could try using a different
restore point perhaps go back further in time to see if
that will help. System restore can be very useful and can be the solution to many computer problems. Obviously it can’t solve every problem such
as hardware failures and some software problems but it’s free, and it can often save you hours
of frustration. So that’s it for this video. If you liked
this video please give me a ‘thumbs up’, and I’ll see
you next time.

Glenn Chapman


  1. I want to now if I restore point my video and image and music can be delete..please

  2. high easy I deleted some pics willย this ย bring them back liked thumbs up and subbed

  3. can this operation help me with encrypted files from cerber ransomware? can i restore them?

  4. can you help i lost my savegame in game and i want go to yesterday how i can do it ? if i not have restore points

  5. Hi My Name Sake can you help me I was deleting a file and it also accidentally deleted my other file, 2 hours ago and tried to recover it but i don't know how to recover and having a exe.00000000142 corrupt data preventing me to install and recovery programs, it really breaking my heart/frustrating and sad. So can you tell me what are the steps in fixing this problem i really need to recover that data, and can remember the folder name or cant set-up a system recovery, in system property. Can you help me I would truly appreciate it. I hope this help If you need my email I'll gladly give it to you, if you need to explain it more in depth with my problems thank you very much your awesome!!

  6. ohh thank u for your video .. i learned a lot, now i know how to restore a system. This video is so cool ..

  7. THat's fine if your computer can boot. If you can't boot the computer you need to press f8 and then start in safe mode with command prompt then type rstrui into command prompt. This will allow you to system restore to when windows was able to boot up.

  8. Help, I created a restore points but it shows a date the time when i created my restore points!

  9. how can I get back my deleted files back on my laptop ? I've accidentally deleted them.

  10. Hi EPR!I'm curious of how long does it takes?…I already subbed for you,cause I believe it will work…If my parents know about this,I'll be dead for sure..

  11. I really hope this work, I'm gone try this tomorrow, couse I messed up my pc. But d ๐Ÿ˜ฅid this delete my recent files if I restore pc in an erlier date?

  12. restore points available on my computer are the ones from where the problems started. And, not earlier than that.

  13. when using system restore will it just remove what you've install in that day or will it also remove application that been installed for months?

  14. He is explaining in write manner. Your presentation. Is very good and I loved it so so much. #๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. thank you sir it works … ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  16. I want to restore my system two months back. I have 8.1 window . Please help

  17. The restore points available are after the date I have the issue. How do I choose differents restore points at least 1 or 2 days before the date I have the issue?
    Thanks in advance for your help!

  18. i want to restore my system but will it remove my windows 7 operating system from my computer? plz help!!!!

  19. Hi Buddy, All I wanted was removing an office 2016 download slowing my PC. I clicked on delete on the microsoft folder from the registry, I then quickly realised that I needed to only delete the office folder, I then quickly clicked cancelled . I could see all other folders, all of sudden I cant launch the explorer shortcut, I rebooted, windows load Fine and nothing happen just a black screen. I did F12 run the diagnostics, I get a green tick on everything (system, cables, OS boot path, Hard drive, CD room, Video card, process fan, motherboard,, system management, memory ). This is Dell Optiplex 780 small tower running windows 7.
    Tried F8/safemode with command prompt still black screen. . Any suggestions?

  20. Hello, Very helpful video. Thank You!
    Which software you've used to record this video?

  21. How Long Does This Usually Take.?
    I've Continue To Try This & It's Took Up To 2 days & Still On Same Screen I've Just Got Tired Of Running It & Turned It Off

  22. Hi david.can you help about my files.i lost all of my files after booted๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  23. I like how you explain things for a person like me who don't know alot about this things, so thank you.

  24. Ummmm…Does It Fix Like"Windows Was unable To Connect *Current Wifi*"?,Because Everytime My Laptop Always AutoDisconnect From My Wifi And I Was Wondering,If I Restore My laptop will this fix it from disconnecting everytime?.

    Reply As Soon As Possible ๐Ÿ˜€ Ty!

  25. No idea if it is going to work yet as restarting but easy to follow so good instructions. My problem is Win 7 will not get past starting up. No stuck on Starting Windows still and it worked at that point so no point restoring earlier. How frustrating

  26. I was in the middle of doing an assignment and then I got the blue screen of death. Are you it won't delete my word documents and movies?

  27. I know these stuff. But the problem is when I wanted to Restore the PC, this suddenly showed up. I don't speak German and I kinda need a help… http://prntscr.com/hitpqg (Help please ) cx


  29. can i change my date and time settings and create a restore point? so that i can revert my computer's state to that earlier time??


  31. I got a problem…I went to the start menu and it don't have asesseories so I have to search it up when I search it up I launched the program and it gave me a error HELP PLEASE COMPUTER MASTERMIND!!

  32. "System restore" is useful if you can get into windows itself, if you cant, then its no good !!

  33. DAMN i dont have ANY restore points.
    is this normal? what should i do?

  34. system restore did not campalit sscasfull system band ho Jane ki bhad istart nhi ho rha hi help me ser

  35. Worth watching this tutorial ..๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  36. Sir ? How can i get back my files like about 3 days ago ? :'(

  37. Some one deleted files from my work computer. Could system restore bring those files back? It was two weeks ago. Thank you for the help

  38. great vid but i have a problem it only shows the system that has problems and no other restore points

  39. and you please tell me how to put my own date in, my lap top has one restore point for this week. but i want to go back to feb when i got…. all these crazy updated have takin up all my space. i reset that already so they will ask first

  40. In my pc is win 7 and its affected in virus. In chrome more tab open automatically.. how to remove. please revert

  41. Hello dear sir thank you very much for your nice video but I couldn't found the date changer my computer not showing to choose the date

  42. Digital drawings count as photos, right? So it won't delete those? I need to make sure, as I'm an artist and my drawings are nearly as important as the computer.

  43. Will my Accaunt on a game be deleted because my computer is soooooo slow i wan't to somting goes wrong.

  44. Thanks a lot, this worked for me. I was getting Application Error 0xc0000005ย for several applications, now my PC is working fine.

  45. ๏ฝ”๏ฝˆ๏ฝ๏ฝŽ๏ฝ‹๏ฝ“ ๏ผณ๏ผฉ๏ผฒ!

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