Although not a new feature, Windows 7 includes the ability to restore your computer to a previous point in time using System Restore. For example, if I install a program that the rest of my computer does not agree with, I can easily restore my computer to the state it was in before the installation without having to reinstall the operating system.

The System Restore tool also does not affect folders or files. You can restore your system without losing your documents, email, personalized settings, etc. and it is even simple to use.

To perform a system restore in Windows 7:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click All Programs, Accessories, System Tools and System Restore.
  3. Click the System Restore button from the System Properties window.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Select the restore point to which you want to restore Windows 7. Click Next.
  6. Click Finish. Click Yes to confirm your actions.
  7. A window will appear indicating whether the restore was a success. Click Close.