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Tech Tip #41 Fix Computer with System Restore

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In these 169 tech situations, you get practical strategies to address many classroom tech situations.

Today’s tip: Fix computer with system restore

Category: Problem-solving

Q: My computer no longer runs right. I downloaded the auto-updates to my PC and it hasn’t worked right since. What do I do?

System Restore is a recovery tool for Windows that allows you to reverse certain kinds of changes made to the operating system. One way to think of it is as an “undo” feature for the most important parts of Windows.

Here’s how you use it:

  • Type ‘system restore’ into the search bar at the bottom of the start menu.
  • Select ‘system restore’ from the list.
  • Follow the directions.

Note: The system restores to a point you created earlier so you have to have done that. If you need help with this concept, here’s a longish YT that covers it in depth:


Here’s a quick 1-2 minute how-to that’s clear and easy to understand:


If you can’t access Windows, System Restore can be started from Safe Mode and the Command Prompt.

Macs have a similar function called “Time Machine” or the more robust ‘factory reset’ (comparable to a reformat for PCs).

Chromebooks–though you can’t download to these, perform a power wash.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.
 
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