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Have you ever been working on a computer maybe installing software? Maybe looking at a website, and something happened in the background that you weren't aware of and all of a sudden, things are no longer working properly? And you wish you could go back in time to a point when they were. Well, you actually can here in Windows 8.1. It's called your system restore point. It's a feature you can turn on, save your different restore points using a specific date, and if you need to, go back to them. Let's check it out. Here from the Start screen, we'll type in the word restore.
As you can see here we have an option to create a restore point. Let's give it a click, takes us to the old desktop environment, and opens up our system properties, with system protection selected. Alright, what you're going to see now are some options for System rRestore. So if, for example, you do set up a restore point and things go wrong, this is the button you click to go back. Down below you can see protection settings will be set for, ha, specific drives. The only drive I have is my hard drive, Drive C here.
If I had another hard drive, it could be listed here too. You can choose which ones have protection turned on or not. I see On by Default. If you see Off, you go to Configure, to turn it on. Turn on the system protection. You can also adjust your maximum disk space to be used for this restore point. You can see mine's set by default to 3%, and we can use the slider if we want to bump that up. I'm going to go as high as 5%. Anywhere from 2 to 5% is an excellent option.
I'll click Apply. When I click okay now and return, the next thing I can do is set up that restore point. Everything's working beautifully right now. So I'm going to create a restore point so I can go back to this date in time if I need to. Click create and just simply enter the date. I'm just going to type in October 2013, and click Create. You could be more specific with the actual day of the month. If you're going to do more than one restore point a month for example.
And you can see it's actually busy now creating a restore point. It's going to use a little piece of my hard drive to do that. And if for some reason, after this is done, and I click Close. And I start working on the web, working with some new software and things no longer work properly, I come back to my System Properties here under System Protection, and go to System Restore. You click this, and here's where you'll see a list of your restore points to choose from. So, it's kind of wizard driven. We click Next to go to the next screen.
Looks like I have a couple or an automatic restore point was created on this day, and there's the one I just created manually. So, sometimes there will be automatic restore points set up for you depending on what you're doing. And when you click Next, you'll see confirmation window with some information. You're ready to restore back to that point by clicking Finish. Now everything's running just fine right now, I don't need to do that, but I wanted to show you where it was. So, we'll click Cancel. We'll close up this window and return to our Start screen by pressing the windows key.
And that's a quick look at system restore. Handy little feature, if you want to go back in time.
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