What is System Restore?:
System Restore is a recovery tool in Windows that allows you to reverse certain kinds of changes made to the operating system.
What is System Restore Used For?:
Think of System Restore as an "undo" feature for the most important parts of Microsoft Windows.
How To Access System Restore:
System Restore can be accessed from the System Tools program folder in Windows. See the How To Use System Restore section below for detailed steps.
If you can't access Windows normally, System Restore can also be started from Safe Mode in all versions of Windows and from outside Windows completely via System Recovery Options in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
How To Use System Restore:
The System Restore utility is designed as a step-by-step wizard, making it really easy to choose a point in the past, called a restore point, to return your important files and settings to:
You can read a much about restore points, including when they're created, what they contain, and more in my restore point definition.
System Restore Availability:
System Restore is available from within Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Me.
As mentioned above, System Restore is also available from the System Recovery Options menu, as well as from Safe Mode.
System Restore is not available in any Windows Server operating systems.