How to roll back Windows 7
How to rollback Windows 7 system: easy and complex ways
Author: Denis Mikhailov
Having problems with system stability? We will tell you how to roll it back to the previous (working) state.
Modern operating systems are quite sensitive to user actions. One false move and you have lost access to your files due to Windows not loading. Fortunately, Microsoft takes care of its users and builds various utilities into its products to repair and diagnose a computer. One of these utilities is System Restore, which appeared a long time ago. Even in Windows XP, which was released back in 2001, there is such functionality. And since the interface of old OS versions is very different in places from the current OS, we decided to pay attention to one of the representatives of the old school. Today we will show you how to rollback Windows 7.
There are several ways to roll back Windows 7 to a healthy state. We will consider the most popular methods, the first of which will be the simplest, and each subsequent one is more difficult.
Checkpoint is the archived state of the system at a specific point in time. It is compressed to save disk space. It can be created by the system automatically or manually. And it will come in handy when you need to restore the correct operation of the OS, and you don't have time to figure out the cause of the problem. The rollback process takes relatively little time. Therefore, sometimes it is much easier to rollback than to look for the culprit of the "celebration" Please note that all data that appears on the disk after the created point will be erased. This applies only to the drive or partition on which the recovery function is enabled and which will undergo this recovery.
- There are several ways to enter the System Restore utility.
1. Find the "System Restore" utility in the "Start" menu and run it. In the window that appears, click Next.
2. Press the Win + R key combination and enter the rstrui.exe command in the field that appears. The dot at the end is unnecessary. Do not forget to confirm the action by clicking "OK".
3. The same command ( rstrui.exe ) can be entered in the command line running as administrator.
- Then you will see a list of restore points. They are created automatically when installing drivers, operating system updates, and in some other cases. Many programs also know how to create such points, for example, CCleaner or Zemana. If desired, you can do it manually or configure the automatic creation of points on a schedule through the task scheduler. Select the item that corresponds to the time when the OS was stable and click "Next".
- Then confirm the operation. The computer will restart and the recovery process will begin. Depending on the speed of the hard disk, as well as the size of the system partition, the procedure may take a long time.
Recovering from an archived image
You can rollback Windows 7 not only using a restore point, but also using an archived image. Archiving can also be configured manually, or you can start automatic archiving using standard Windows tools. To create a copy, you will need an external storage device, such as a USB flash drive or disk.
- Go to the "Start" menu and write "archiving" in the search field. Run the app that appears.
- Select "Restore system settings or computer".
- Then click on "Advanced Recovery Methods".
- Then select the item "Use the system image that was created earlier to restore your computer."
- In the menu that opens, you can either create a copy of the operating system, or go to the recovery process from an existing archive.
- The procedure for rolling back the system from the archive will start from the language selection menu.
- At the next stage, a list with copies of the OS will appear.
- Select the required archive and confirm the operation.
It so happens that the reason for the incorrect operation of the OS is incorrectly installed patches or updates. With built-in tools, you can easily get rid of them.
- In the Start menu, find a program called Windows Update and run it.
- In the lower left corner of the window that opens, click on the "Installed updates" item.
- You will see a list of all update files. If you know which update caused the failure, then you can delete it using the appropriate item that appears when you right-click the mouse. After that, don't forget to restart your PC.
If you are not sure what exactly brought the operating system to an inoperative state, then it is better not to touch the patches, let alone delete them all. One of the most common signs of incorrect installation of an update is an error with code 0x80070002 .
How to Roll Back a Windows 7 System: Recovering from Crashes
If the operating system does not load and a critical error crashes, then the next time you start, you will be prompted to select a boot mode: troubleshooting computer problems, safe mode, etc. If for some reason the menu does not appear, then when loading the OS, press the " F8 " key and then select the first item.
You will see a window with several troubleshooting options.
- Startup Repair fixes errors related to system boot.
- System Restore will launch the above method to return the OS to a previous state.
- Restoring the system image will also roll back the OS for a while, only with the help of a previously created archive.
- Windows Memory Diagnostics checks the RAM for errors that might prevent it from starting correctly.
- The command line is the most versatile. It can be used to navigate to restore points, check the status of partitions on your hard drive, update the configuration of boot files, and much more.
We advise you to try all the available options in order to exclude all possible reasons for the incorrect launch of the OS.
If you are unable to launch the troubleshooting wizard, you can use Safe Mode services. It is also launched from the menu that appears after pressing the " F8 " key during boot. With its help, you can, for example, run the command line, which will give you access to all of the above functionality.
If you have a disk or flash drive with your operating system, then it can be useful not only for installation. This method is the most versatile and includes many functions for solving Windows-related problems. The above restore points can be used. It is also possible to roll back to factory settings. In addition, you can troubleshoot automatically using the built-in utility. In a word, this is a whole set of useful gadgets for repairing the operating system.
In order to use them, you need to select the boot device in the BIOS on which you have the Windows installation files. You do not need to go to the installation itself. Select the item "System Restore" and then you will see all the functionality described above.
This method is good because it allows you to carry out treatment procedures without access to the operating system itself. But it also requires a separate USB flash drive or disk with the Windows image.
Now you know how to rollback Windows 7. There are other, more difficult methods. But, as practice shows, the above methods will be quite enough to bring the OS back to life. In general, most of the above methods will also work on Windows 10. Just keep in mind that in some cases, the procedure may differ slightly.