You have installed a number of programs and / or drivers that you suspect have put a strain on the stability of yours Windows? Are you still seeing error messages that weren't there until yesterday? Then the solution to your problem is clear, you have to restore the system state to that of a few days ago, when Windows was working correctly.
How you do it? You may not have noticed it yet but the Microsoft operating system includes a very useful function that allows you to restore the state of the computer to that of previous days, weeks or even months, removing programs, drivers, system updates and other elements that they could have caused problems. Instead, data and documents are left intact. If you want to find out how to go back with the PC taking advantage of its capabilities, therefore follow the instructions I am about to give you.
How do you say? The thing interests you but being impractical in terms of computer science and new technologies you fear that the operations to be performed to be able to go back with the PC may be too complicated for you? But no, you have absolutely no reason to be alarmed, really! In fact, contrary to appearances and beyond what you may think, going back with the PC is a very simple operation even for those who, a bit like you, do not consider themselves exactly a great expert on the subject. Having said that, I would say not to waste any more time and start immediately to get to work. All you ready?
If you want to find out how to get back with the PC, the first thing you need to do is to access the function System Restore on your computer. Depending on the version of Windows you are using, the steps you need to take to access it are slightly different. Find everything explained in detail below.
- If you are using a PC with Windows 10, digita restoration in the search field attached to the taskbar, click on Restoration and then select the item Open System Restore attached to the window that opened on the desktop.
- If you are using a PC with Windows 8click on your button Start, click on magnifying glass located at the top right of the Start Screen, type restoration, click on the item Restoration and then select Open System Restore.
- If you are using a PC with Windows 7 or Vista, click on the button Start, type il finish restoration in the search field attached to the menu that appears and selects the item System Restore.
- If you are using a PC with Windows XP, click on the button Start, go to the menu All programs, click your Accessories, select System utility and presses the icon of System Restore.
Using the window that at this point is shown to you on the desktop, choose whether to go back with the PC to the restore point immediately preceding the current one, keeping the option selected Recommended recovery, or if you browse all the various restore points available, putting the check mark next to the item Choose a different restore point and clicking on the button forward.
If you have selected the second option, a list will open with all the most recent restore points available, you can view the oldest ones by placing the check mark next to the item Show additional restore points. To find out which programs and drivers have been removed from a particular restore point, click Look for interested programs.
When you have selected the restore point that is most suitable for you, to get back the status of the computer all you have to do is click first on the button forward, Then end and, in conclusion, his Si. Then wait for the reset to complete. This can take several minutes, so don't worry if your PC seems stuck on the same screen for too long.
Please note that when going back with the PC using the function System Restore the system will restart automatically and the next time you log in to Windows (which will be a little slower than usual) a message will appear indicating that the computer has been restored to the selected date.
In the unfortunate event that something goes wrong during the system restore procedure (it can happen, particularly if you try to use restore points that are too old), don't worry. Windows itself will warn you that the procedure could not be completed and everything will be as before. To deal with this, I suggest you try to restore your system using the date immediately after or before the one selected in the failed restore attempt.
There are cases in which the procedure - seen in the previous lines - to go back with the PC does not allow to obtain the desired effect or fails to be successful. Upon the occurrence of such a thing, you can undertake procedures alternative (always without losing your data) which can still allow you to solve the various and possible difficulties encountered in using the computer or you can make a real formatting (the data will be lost and can only be recovered by backup).
In the case of the alternative recovery procedures, you can follow the instructions I gave you in my tutorials dedicated to the topic: how to restore Windows 10, how to restore Windows 8, restore Windows 7, how to restore Windows Vista and how to restore Windows XP.
As for the formatting procedure, just follow the step-by-step instructions that I have included in my guide on how to format your PC.
I recommend, in the specific case of the formatting procedure, if you want to avoid losing your data, remember to make a backup of them first. If you don't know how, you can follow the instructions I have provided you in my tutorial on how to backup your PC.
Are you using a Mac instead of a computer running Windows? Well, even then it is possible to go back with the PC. To do this, it is enough to resort to the use of time Machine, a utility included in macOS thanks to which you can save all the data on your computer (including applications and settings) to an external hard drive. These backups can later be used to recover mistakenly deleted data, to restore old versions of changed files / folders and to restore the entire system to the state of the last backup made.
To go back in time with the Mac by going to restore the system, all you have to do is click on the application icon in the shape of clock with an arrow around present in the upper right part of the macOS menu bar and select the item Entra in Time Machine give the menu to compare.
Once this is done, a screen will open with the background image of your desktop blurred and in the center a window of the Finder. Use the latter to select the file or folder to restore and browse the various backups available using the time bar located on the right. After locating the item to restore, select it and then click the button Restoration placed at the bottom. Very simple, right?
If, on the other hand, you are interested in understanding how to go back in time with the entire system, you must first restart your Mac in recovery mode. To do this, click on the icon of apple located at the top left, in the menu bar, and select the item Restart ... give the menu check if you press.
As soon as the computer restarts, hold down the keys cmd ed r on the keyboard until you see the Apple logo appear with a loading bar underneath. When the language selection screen is displayed, click on the item Use Italian as your primary language and presses on arrow which is located in the lower center.
Now select the item Restore from Time Machine backup from the macOS recovery menu and click on the button Continue for two consecutive times Choose the Time Machine disk, click once again on Continue and select the date of the backup to restore. Finally, press the button Continue, select the disk on which macOS is currently installed and click Restore to start the restore procedure.
Once this is done, the operating system, settings, apps and data will return to the state in which they were on the date of the selected backup and at the end of the procedure you will find yourself in front of the macOS login screen or, depending on the settings related to computer security. , directly to the desk.