How to Restore a Computer to Settings From Two Months Ago

By Kevin Lee

Try restoring your computer to an earlier date before calling tech support.
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Some new applications and drivers could cause your computer to experience problems, or even fail. If you suddenly discover new system issues that you cannot fix, System Restore may bring the Windows computer back to life. As you use a computer, Windows creates restore points that save snapshots of how its settings and system files look at different points in time. If your computer worked well two months ago and doesn't now, use System Restore to restore it to that earlier date.

Press "Windows-W" and type “Restore” in the search box. Click "Fix Problems with Your Computer" to open the Action Center window.

Click "Recovery" followed by "Open System Restore." The System Restore window opens and displays the most recent restore point.

Click "Choose a Different Restore Point" and click "Next" to view a list of older restore points Windows created. These appear in a table that has a Date and Time column.

Click the restore point that is two months earlier the current date, click "Next" and then click "Finish." Windows restores your computer to the date you selected.


When you click "Fix Problems with Your Computer," Windows may ask you for a password or confirmation to continue. If that happens, provide confirmation or type your password. If it asks whether you would like to allow the program make changes, click "Yes."

Windows may not have a restore point for every day. If you can’t find one that Windows took exactly two months ago, look for one that is closest to that date. After Windows completes the restore process, verify that your problem no longer exists. If it does, you can always try restoring the computer to an even earlier point in time when you knew it worked.

Before you click "Finish," save open files or programs because Windows will restart after it restores your computer.

You can click "Scan for Affected Programs" before you click "Finish." Windows displays a list of programs and drivers that the restore process could affect. For instance, if you recently added a print driver that didn't exist two months ago, Windows may display that driver in the list to let you know that the restore might delete that driver.