One of the features that EasyRE makes available is access to System Restore snapshots, to aid in recovering from corrupt registry caused by viruses, improperly installed drivers, or user error.

Accessing System Restore with EasyRE

You can access the System Restore feature by selecting the “Automated Repair” option from the main EasyRE menu:

Automated Repair feature in EasyRE menu

Automated Repair feature in EasyRE menu

Step 1: Search for Windows Installations

As soon as you select Automated Repair and then press “Continue,” EasyRE will begin scanning your hard disks for Windows installations. This may take some time depending on the size of your disks and the number of installations EasyRE finds:

EasyRE loading the Automated Repair

EasyRE loading the Automated Repair

Step 2: Select an Installation to Repair

Once EasyRE has found and listed all of the operating systems on your PC, you should select the partition that contains the OS you’re trying to repair. EasyRE supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (all editions, all languages). If you don’t see your installation listed in the results, either your hard disk is disconnected or has been corrupted, in which case you should try using testdisk to recover your partitions and restart your PC before searching for installations once more.

EasyRE Automated Repair select OS screen

EasyRE Automated Repair Select OS screen

Performing System Restore

Step 3: System Restore

After selecting the OS you wish to repair, click the “System Restore” button in the lower-right corner and EasyRE will begin searching for a list of System Restore snapshots available for restore:

EasyRE searching for snapshots

EasyRE searching for snapshots

Step 4: Snapshot Selection

EasyRE will list all the found restore points on the next screen, where you can choose which snapshot EasyRE will attempt to restore. For best results, choose the most recent snapshot taken before your problems began. You should your work your way backwards from the most recent to the oldest when attempting to recover your PC:

EasyRE snapshot list

EasyRE snapshot list

Step 5: Restore Progress

As soon as you’ve selected the snapshot you’d like to recover, press the “Restore” button in the lower-right corner and EasyRE will begin recovering your system. You’ll be taken to a progress dialog screen that shows you what actions EasyRE is doing and may list potential issues as EasyRE finds and addresses problems with your PC.

EasyRE System Restore results screen

EasyRE System Restore results screen

Step 6: Restart

Once EasyRE has finished recovering your PC, the “Restart” button in the lower-right corner will be unlocked, and you can use it to reboot and test the repair progress. Or you can use the “Back” button in the lower-left corner to go back to the main screen and access more recovery tools and options.