How to Restore Windows to an earlier date

SOP: How to Restore Windows to an earlier date

Log in as an administrator then perform the following:

Note: If you are unable to boot into normal Windows mode to perform the below steps, you may need to run the below steps through Windows Safe Mode. Additionally, you could try loading the last known good configuration.

If you cannot get into Normal or Windows Safe Mode restore system registry settings through the recovery console.

Windows Vista and 7 users

  1. Click Start

  2. In the Start search box type System Restore and press enter.

Windows XP users

  1. Click Start

  2. Click Programs, and then Accessories

  3. Click System Tools and open System Restore

If you're unable to find System Restore and have administrator rights try opening the System restore through the run line by following the below steps.

  1. Click Start

  2. Click Run

  3. Type: restore/rstrui

  4. Press enter

System Restore Window

Once in the System Restore window as shown in the below example, leave the option selected on the restore option and then click the Next button to start the Restore process. It's recommended you use the recommended restore point.


If you get a message saying no restore points are available, then the system restore feature was disabled. In this case the restore cannot be done..