Get a Second Chance when
your PC Crashes
It's a common scenario. You're working at your computer when all of a sudden, with no warning, the PC freezes. Nothing seems to be working. The screen goes dark. You may even be unlucky enough to see the dreaded blue screen informing you that a critical error has occurred and Windows€ will be shut down.
You've just been the unfortunate victim of a system crash. If this happens to you, it's likely that you've recently added a new program, device, driver or application that your machine doesn't like, and this is its way of making its feelings known.
Sometimes, a simple reboot of the PC resolves the issue. But sometimes it doesn't. You reboot, Windows loads and the computer crashes again, or continues to behave weirdly. What can be done to end the recurring nightmare and return your computer to a more stable state?
How System Restore
System Restore takes system snapshots every day the computer's on during idle time, as well as before system changes, like Windows Automatic updates, driver installations, software installations and system restorations. It is similar to the Last Known Configuration function, which allows you to go back to the most recent set of settings known to have worked, but System Restore allows you to choose how far back you want to go in undoing changes to the system, based on the available restore points.
How to use System
2. Select €Recommended restore' and just click Next, or you can choose a different restore point.
3. Confirm your selection and restart your computer to roll the system back.
If you receive an error while restoring, then use System Restore from Safe Mode and it should work fine. To access Safe Mode, just reboot and hit the F8 key right before Windows begins to start up.
1. Open your Control Panel.
2. Under Performance and
Maintenance, choose System.
3. From the System Restore tab, clear the "Turn off System Restore on all drives" checkbox.
While System Restore is a handy tool, it's very important to note that it is not intended for backing up personal files and so can't help you recover a personal file that has been deleted or damaged. You should regularly back up your important data using a backup program.