How to Undo Recovery on a Computer

by Andrew Copley

Windows operating systems have a program that runs all the time in the background called system restore. Every time you install a new program or driver, it makes a restore point. This is done in case you install something and your system no longer works properly. It's an easy way to set your computer back to the way it was before. Try not to use your computer until you can undo the changes, as that may cause your computer to make another restore point and may make your task harder. There are two methods you can use depending on your situation.

Using the "All Programs" Menu

Close all running programs.

Click on "Start" then select "All Programs."

Click on "Accessories" and select "System Tools."

Click on "System Restore" and select "Undo Changes." If there is no undo selection, follow the wizard and select last known working restore point. Your system will be changed back to that state.

Using "Help and Support"

Close all programs before you start.

Click "Start" and select "Help and Support."

Click "Undo changes to your computer with System Restore."

Follow the steps in the restore wizard.


  • check Before you make changes to your computer, make a restore point to easily undo the last addition.
  • check Regularly use Windows disk clean up tools.


  • close Making more changes to your system before you undo a restore will stop the undo feature.

About the Author

Based in Toronto, Canada, Andrew Copley has been contributing online articles on alternative treatments for immune disorders since 2008. After six years continuing research, Copley has acquired extensive knowledge on nutrition and its effects on the immune and nervous system. He holds a level one standing in university physics and science from Fanshaw College.

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