Yes, you can refresh or restore Windows 7 if you bump into problems. Here’s how.
Having difficulty with your Windows PC to the point where the OS itself isn’t behaving. Windows 8.1 and 10 offer options to refresh or reset your PC, which can usually clear up even the most vexing problems. But what if you’re still running Windows 7? There is no similar refresh or reset option. Are you out of luck? No, not if you’ve taken the necessary precautions.
Windows 7 offers a System Restore option, which can return your PC back to an earlier point in time before the trouble occurred. What if you can’t even boot up your PC? Windows 7 also provides its own Backup & Restore feature. Through this feature, you can create a startup and repair disc that boots up your PC if Windows 7 becomes unbootable. And by applying a system image from a disc or USB drive, you can restore Windows 7 back to its full glory. Let’s go over the steps for using the Windows 7 System Restore and Backup & Restore features.
A system restore is a snapshot in time of your existing Windows environment. Windows itself creates restore points at certain moments, such as before installing the latest batch of updates. And you can create your own restore points whenever you like. Then if Windows starts acting up, you can restore a snapshot of your environment when it was working properly. One cool aspect of System Restore is that it restores your Windows system files and settings to a previous state but it won’t change your documents or personal files. So, the latest versions of your files remain intact.