How to run System Restore in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

System Restore is a feature of Windows 8 and several previous versions of Windows, going back to Windows Me. It was created to help you fix the OS with just a few clicks when system files or settings get damaged. It automatically creates restore points, which are snapshots of system files, program files, drivers, and registry settings. Later, if you use System Restore to restore your computer to a point in time before some problem happened, System Restore will roll back your PC to a previous version of files and settings from the restore point that you specified. System Restore does not affect your personal documents or media. Plus, you can undo the last restore operation itself if does not resolve your issue. In Windows 8, Microsoft removed the shortcut link to start System Restore from the Accessories -> System Tools folder. In this article, we will see how to open System Restore in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.


There are many ways to run System Restore in Windows 8. You can start it from System Recovery options, or you can run it directly from Explorer.

To launch System Restore from System Recovery, you need to follow these simple instructions:

  1.  Open System Recovery options.
  2. Pick the "System Restore" item.
    Command Prompt
  3. Your PC will be restarted. Choose an account when prompted:
    System Restore pic an account
  4. Enter your password and click the "Continue" button:
    System Restore account password
  5. The System Restore wizard will be started, follow its steps.
    System Restore wizard
  6. Pick one of restore points to roll back your OS to the previous state.
    Pick a restore point
    That's it.

To run System Restore from Explorer, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. Open System Properties. The best way to open it is via the  Power User menu. Just press Win + X shortcut keys together on the keyboard and pick the "System" item:
    WinX Menu
  2. The System window will appear on the screen. Click the System Protection link on the left.
    system properties
  3. In the dialog that appears next, you will see the "System Restore..." button. Click it to run System Restore.
    system protection system restoreThat's it

Finally, here is yet another, fast way to launch System Restore. Press Win + R keys together (tip: see the ultimate list of all Windows keyboard shortcuts with Win keys) on the keyboard and type the following in the Run box:


Alternatively, you can also open System Restore using one of the shell commands (tip: see the most comprehensive list of shell locations in Windows 8.):


Run shell commandThis will start System Restore directly!

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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