Restoring Windows Vista to a previous State
In the case of a problem on your computer that cannot be solved by normal means, you can restore your computer back to a previous working state. To do this you need to start System Restore so that you can choose the restore point to restore. If you are currently having problems starting Windows Vista, you can use System Restore from the Windows Recovery Environment. Instructions on how to do this can be found in this tutorial: Using System Restore from the Vista Windows Recovery Environment.
If you can log into Windows Vista, then you should follow these steps.
- Close and save any documents that you may have open.
- Click on the Start button to open your Start Menu.
- When the Start Menu opens click on the All Programsmenu option.
- Click once on theAccessories Start Menu group.
- Click once on the System Tools Start Menu group.
- Click once on the System Restore icon. After you click on the icon, if a User Account Control window opens you should click on the Continue button.
You will now be at the System Restore screen.
From this screen you can specify the restore point that you would like to restore.
Figure 1. System Restore Screen
By default, Vista will already have selected the Recommended restore option. This restore point is one was made after a new program, driver, or update was installed. If you would like to use this restore point, you can click on the Next button to start the restore process. On the other hand, if there is a more recent restore point that you would like to restore you should selectChoose a different restore pointand press the Next button. This will bring you to a screen, as shown in Figure 2, that contains a listing of all the available restore points that you can restore to.
Figure 2. List of available restore points
You should select the restore point that you would like to restore and press the Next button to start the restore process. Vista will display a Window showing your selected restore point and asking you to confirm that this is the one you would like to restore.
Figure 3. Confirm the selected restore point
If you would like to select a different restore point press the Back button. Otherwise you can press the Cancel button to exit System Restore or the Finishbutton to begin the restore process. If you selected Finish, Vista will display a second prompt asking you to confirm that you would like to continue the restore.
Figure 4. Second Confirmation
If you are sure you want to do the restore, then press the Yes button. Vista will now log you off of the computer and start the System Restore process.
When the restore has been completed, you computer will be restarted and when Vista boots back up it will be restored to its previous state. When you log in to Vista for the first time after the restore, you will see a message showing that the restore was successful.
Figure 6. System restore was successful
If there are any problems with your computer due to the last restore, you can revert back to your previous settings by going back into the System Restore Utility and selecting the Undo System Restore option and pressing the Nextbutton.
Figure 7. Undo the last System Restore
Your computer should now be working properly again.