Administrators can use System Restore to return Windows to an earlier configuration. System Restore is vital for resolving complex problems such as malware installations, but restoring configuration settings to an earlier state can cause applications that were installed since the restore point was made to fail.
In Windows 7, System Restore has been improved to display a list of applications that might be affected by returning to an earlier restore point. This list enables administrators to assess the potential problems before performing the restoration. After the restoration, the administrator can test the potentially affected applications and reinstall them if required to return the user to a fully functional state .
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