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If you’re making changes to your system and using programs such as CCleaner or Advanced SystemCare, you should always make a restore point before. There is the argument that by creating a restore point you take up almost all the space you are freeing up of these programs. This is true; however, cleaning your system can improve performance significantly and is good practice when using your PC.

Create a System Restore Point

To create a system restore point in Windows Vista, do the following:

  1. Press the Start button, type system, and click on System in the start menu

    System Restore 1

  2. When the system properties dialog box appears, click on System Protection in the left-hand menu

    System Restore 2

  3. If a drive is not already checked, check the box next to the drive on which you would like to save the restore point

    System Restore 3

  4. Click Create
  5. Give your restore point a name and click Create

    System Restore 4

  6. Wait while Windows creates a system restore point for you

    System Restore 5
    System Restore 6

You are now ready to use a cleaning program or make other system modifications.

Recover Your System by Using a Restore Point

Creating a restore point is a good start, but it is useful to know how to use the restore point if you need it. restore your system from a previously created restore point, do the following:

  1. Press the Start button, type restore, and click on system restore in the start menu
  2. When the system restore dialog box appears, click Next

    System Restore 7

  3. Select the restore point and click Next

    System Restore 8

  4. Click Finish

    System Restore 9

Restoring your system may take some time so be patient and ensure you do not disturb the process

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