Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 11, 2012
System Restore is computer’s safety net

Have you ever done something and suddenly, you realize it was the wrong choice and you found yourself saying, “I wish I could do that over again.” Well, System Restore gives you an opportunity to send your computer back in time when it ran well.

Let me give you an example. You buy a new computer and you have an older printer you want to install. Will the old printer work with the new computer?

Sometimes there is only one way to find out if a device will work with your computer and that is to install it and see what happens. Before you install anything though, especially something that may not work, you should set a new System Restore point. That way if the installation goes wrong, you can return the computer back to the state it was in when you set the restore point.

Let’s set a System Restore point now. Click the “Start” button, then click “Control Panel.” In the Control Panel, click “System.” If you cannot find the “System” icon, go to the top-right and where it says “View by:,” click the down arrow to the right and select “Large icons.” You should now be able to click on the “System” icon.

To the left, click the “System Protection” link and the “System Properties” dialog box opens. It should open automatically to the “System Protection” tab at the top. If not, click it. Down below, you’ll see a box that lists available drives in your computer and if they are currently protected.

If there isn’t a drive with the protection turned on, simply highlight the drive and click the “Configure” button. Under the “Restore Settings” section, select “Restore system settings and previous versions of files.” Below that, move the slider bar until it shows 5 to 15 percent “Max Usage.” Click “OK” to save your changes. If you have other drives, you must configure each of them separately.

With all the desired drives configured to be included in the System Restore point, we are ready click the “Create” button. Next, choose a name for your restore point. It will automatically include the date so don’t use that. If you are installing new software, such as Microsoft Office 10, you could name the restore point “Before MS Office 10 install” or something to your liking. Click “Create” to begin the process.

I recommend you refrain from using your computer while the restore point is being set. It should only last a minute or two and when it is done, it will give you a notification box indicating its completion. Just click “Close” and then “OK” to close the open boxes. Now, a restore point has been manually set.

Next week, I’ll go into detail about how to use the System Restore points we set to remove viruses and unwanted behavior from your computer.


Scott Lindsay promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 10 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at

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