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    System Restore - How to
    How to Do a System Restore in Vista
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    System Restore - How to

    How to Do a System Restore in Vista


    information   Information
    This will show you how to do a System Restore to help you restore your computer's system files, programs, and registry settings to an earlier point in time. It will not affect your personal files, such as e‑mail, documents, or photos, so it cannot help you restore a deleted file.
    Tip   Tip

    • Be sure to use a restore point dated before the problem started or it will not help you.
    • If this System Restore did not help or made things worse and you need or want to undo it, then see: How to Undo the Last System Restore in Vista
    Note   Note
    System Restore uses this Service with this setting: Volume Shadow Copy

    This service is set to Manual by default.
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    METHOD ONE

    Through System Protection
    Note   Note

    • If you have not done a system restore before, you will not have the two options below in the first screen of the video below. Just click Next to see your restore point choices.
    • If the System Restore was unsuccessfully completed, then you can try to do a System Restore in Safe Mode or use Method Two below instead.

    1. Open the Start Menu.

    2. Click All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Restore.
    A) Go to step 3.
    OR

    2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type rstrui and press Enter.
    NOTE: rsrui is the EXE file for System Restore. C:\Windows\System32\rstrui.exe
    A) Click Continue for UAC prompt.
    3. Click on the Click to Play button in the video below.
    NOTE: After you click Choose a different restore point, make sure you check Show Restore points older than 5 days, if this is displayed, to see your older restore points.





    METHOD TWO

    Using System Recovery Options at Boot

    1. Boot from either your retail Vista installation disc or created Vista repair disc into the System Recovery Options screen.

    2. Click on the System Restore option. (See screenshot below)
    System Restore - How to-system_restore.jpg
    3. Follow the rest of the instructions in the video at step 3 on in METHOD ONE above for how to do the rest.
    That's it,
    Shawn




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    Re: System Restore - How to

    For method 2, how could one do that if the computer came with Vista already installed? Also, I have a CD that came with the computer that says:

    Operating System
    Already installed on Your Computer

    on the top of the disc.



    On the left hand side it says:

    The software is already installed on your computer.
    Only use this DVD to reinstall the operating system on a Dell PC.

    The attached picture is of the top of the disc. The other writing was too small to show up in a picture.


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    Re: System Restore - How to

    Quote Originally Posted by tsa24 View Post
    For method 2, how could one do that if the computer came with Vista already installed? Also, I have a CD that came with the computer that says:

    Operating System
    Already installed on Your Computer
    on the top of the disc.

    On the left hand side it says:

    The software is already
    installed on your computer.
    Only use this DVD to reinstall
    the operating system on a
    Dell PC.


    The attached picture is of the top of the disc. The other writing was too small to show up in a picture.


    Right, I think the OEM disc provided by manufacturers can't do that ? Also is that an OEM disc or just a restore disc ?

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    Re: System Restore - How to

    Whats an OEM disc

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    Re: System Restore - How to

    Have a look there (option 1) Create a Recovery Disc

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    Re: System Restore - How to

    Hello.

    So I'm having the dreaded chkdsk issue (which I would LOVE to know how it even started!), and Vista refuses to allow the disk to be checked for errors. I've tried EVERYTHING. So, I went to do a system restore. Sadly, it won't let me do that because my drive has errors and I need to check the disk.

    This is an endless circle. What can I do?

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    Re: System Restore - How to

    Hi Isca,

    I would try a Repair install since it seems you cannot do anything else other than a clean reinstall.

    Repair Install For Vista

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Re: System Restore - How to

    MS update froze at 94% done a few nights ago. Unable to cancel, I pulled the plug; However, the freeze repeated a few minutes into Windows several times. I displayed your SystemRestore on my Mom's PC and it went fine. (thanks) Now, is there a log somewhere to tell me (1 when did I do the restore (2 what MS update did this?

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    Re: System Restore - How to

    Hi VMLENZA,

    I do not know which log it will be in, but you can look around in Event Viewer (C:\Windows\System32\eventvwr.msc) to see if there is a log of it. Hopefully someone may know the exact log it will be in and post it for you.

    If it was recent, you could look in Windows Udpates View update history to help narrow it down.

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    Re: System Restore - How to

    Hi,

    You can also perform a system restore from the command prompt version of Safe Mode. Reboot into 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'. You will need to log on. At the prompt, enter 'rstrui' and provide administrative credentials when prompted. You should be able to use System Restore as normal when it appears.

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