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Windows 7 - Restoring a system after it has been messed up by bad software, config, etc.

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I installed several software packages which I didn't like and didn't use and have uninstalled them.  However, now my system is actually slower than before.  And I'm getting odd messages.

Is there a way for me to restore my system to its state of two weeks ago?

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by:rindi
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Just use a system restore point to get it back to the state it was in where it still worked fine.

Right click "Computer", select "Properties", "System Protection", "System Restore", and then you'll eventually get a list of restore points from which you choose the one you want...
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by:cwstad2
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Do you have system restore configured. Go to start, all programs, accessories, System tools and choose system restore. see if you have a restore point available
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by:celazkon
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Would be wise to backup your documents and valuable data BEFORE restoring to previous system state, just to be sure you don't loose anything.
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by:cwstad2
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carrying out a system restore point wont affect any personal files you may have
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If the Restore Point doesn't work (does not always work), try a couple of other things.

1. Run System File Checker to correct system files. Open a command window, run SFC /SCANNOW and allow to complete, Restart and test.

2. Run Disk Cleanup and Disk Defrag to see if that helps.

Then, failing all, run a Repair Install. Here is a Seven Forums Tutorial with the steps for a Repair Install.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html

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by:aadih
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If you run system restore, please do it from safe mode command prompt by typing rstrui.exe to restore. It seems unlikely, however, that you may have a restore point from 2 weeks  ago (you may if you do not create many restore points.)
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by:nobus
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in case the above does not help -  you can still do a factory reset
how depends on the PC brand, so post that if needed
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by:Jackie Man
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you can install revo uninstaller and install the software packages again and use revo uninstaller to completely remove the problematic software packages.

http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_uninstall_features.html
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by:LCCSAM
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I would recommend running CCleaner (I will link it below)
Within the program is a registry fixer which can correct errors left by uninstalling various programs. (It also does an excellent job of cleaning up excess temporary files)
It may save you the trouble of restoring altogether.

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

(It also has a build in uninstaller similar to REVO posted above)
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by:nobus
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brother truffle - any news there?
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by:John Hurst
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@brother trouffle - Thanks and I was happy to help.
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