How to Reverse System Restore

by Elizabeth Wolfenden

System Restore is a useful tool in Microsoft Windows. If you have a system failure or another problem on your computer, you can use the System Restore function to return your computer to an earlier operating state which may resolve those issues. However, sometimes upon doing a System Restore, you'll find that the problems are still there--or perhaps are even worse. At this point it may be a good idea to undo the System Restore and try to solve the problem with your computer a different way.

Open System Restore. You can do this by first clicking on the "Start" button at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Click the "All programs" option. When the next drop down menu pops up, choose the "Accessories" folder by clicking on it, then click on the "System Tools" option and finally click on the "System Restore" icon.

Find the option that says "Undo System Restore" and click on it. Then click on the "Next" button.

Read over the options that appear next and make your selections. Then click the "Finish" button.

Wait while your computer restarts. When the computer is finished rebooting, you should see a box indicating that the System Restore undo is completed.


  • check Reversing a System Restore is not possible if a computer is in Safe mode, so be sure to check this before attempting to undo a System Restore. If you do reverse System Restore because it didn't fix the computer problem you were having, consider doing another System Restore but select a different restore point.


  • close To prevent yourself from having to go back and undo future System Restores, try some other methods of solving your computer problems. For example, manually rebooting your computer, manually adding or deleting programs that may be causing problems, or clicking F8 while the computer boots up and selecting "Last known good configuration" are all things that may help solve some computer issues.

About the Author

Elizabeth Wolfenden has been a professional freelance writer since 2005 with articles published on a variety of blogs and websites. She specializes in the areas of nutrition, health, psychology, mental health and education. Wolfenden holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in counseling from Oakland University.