How to Undo the Last System Restore in Vista and Windows 7

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This will show you how to undo the last System Restore that you did. This can be helpful if the previous System Restore had unexpected consequences that you did not want, or it did not help.
Note   Note
You would have had to of previously done a System Restore in order to be able to undo it. (I know, duh.)

If you do a System Restore when the computer is in safe mode or Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE), then you will not be able to undo the restore operation. However, you are able to still run System Restore again and choose a different restore point if available.

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System Restore uses this service: Volume Shadow Copy

This service is set to Manual by default.

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If you dual boot with Windows XP, then everytime you start in XP the System Restore Points and all except the most recent Complete PC Backup files in Vista and Windows 7 get deleted, then see: How to Stop System Restore Points from being Deleted in Vista and Windows 7 when Dual Booting with XP


Through "System Recovery Options" Screen at Boot
1. Boot into the System Recovery Options screen.

2. Select the System Restore option. (See screenshot below)
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3. Do step 4 in OPTION TWO below.


Through "System Protection" in Windows
1. Open the Start Menu, and click on All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and System Restore.
A) Go to step 3.

2. Open the Start Menu, then type rstrui in the search box and press Enter.
NOTE: rsrui is the EXE file for System Restore. C:\Windows\System32\rstrui.exe

3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).

4. Click on the Click To Start button in the video below for how." />" quality="high" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="800" height="600" pluginspage="" />
That's it,