How to Retrieve a Deleted Favorites List

by Herman Cruz

Internet Explorer gives you the ability to store your favorite websites in your Favorites list. You can add as many URLs as you want to your Favorites list and create folders to categorize and sort your favorite websites. If you have deleted a Favorites list in error, you can retrieve it through the System Restore utility.

Step 1

Close all windows and programs. Click the "Start" button displayed on the bottom-left region of your screen.

Step 2

Type "System Restore" in the text field displayed at the bottom of the Start menu. Enter the administrator password or provide confirmation by clicking on the "Confirm" tab if required. This will depend on your computer's settings.

Step 3

Click on the restore point you want your computer restored to. You operating system will display a variety of restore point options with different dates. Make sure to you select a date prior to the deletion.

Click on the "Finish" tab when the "Confirm Your Restore Point" window displays on your screen, then wait for your computer to run the System Restore utility. Once the process is completed, your computer will reboot automatically. Log into your computer, launch Internet Explorer and access the previously deleted Favorites list.


  • Backup your Internet Explorer Favorites so you don't have to worry about loosing all your bookmarks (see "Resources").
  • Personal files and documents will not be deleted when you perform a System Restore; however, if you want to be on the safe side, you can perform a Backup and Restore prior to running the System Restore (see "Resources").

Items you will need

  • Administrator password

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