By AOMEI / Last Updated June 21, 2019

Reasons to restore computer to earlier date in Windows 7

System crash/corruption may happen to you at any time due to virus attacks, software conflicts, and human error, etc. Even worse, your computer may refuse to boot. Additionally, your computer might not work normally as before, as it has suffered an unexpected change caused by a program or a driver.

Although system reinstallation can solve these computer problems, it is complicated and time consuming. It would be fine if there is a way to restore computer to earlier date. Certainly, you can do this if you have created system restore points before these issues occurred.

A system restore point is an image of the system configuration and settings that helps in returning the system to a previous date when disasters happen. Let’s see how to recover computer to an earlier point of time when serious errors occur.

How to restore computer to earlier date in Windows 7?

Two proven methods are described here to restore computer to a previous time. Read them carefully and then choose the one that works best for you.

Way 1. Restore computer to earlier date with Windows built-in feature

Using the Windows built-in feature, you can create system restore points after turning on system protection and bring your computer back to its last working state through the restore points. Suppose you have already created system restore points. Now, follow the steps below to restore your computer to a correct working state.

Step 1. Click the Start tab in the lower left corner of your computer. Type System Restore and then press Enter.

Step 2. Click Next to continue.

Step 3. The recent restore points will be listed here. Click Show more restore points to view more. Select the restore point you need and then click Next.

Built-in Feature

* Scan for affected programs: it tells you clearly which programs will be removed.

Step 4. Confirm your restore point and then click Finish to start the pending operation.

Windows will restart your computer and begin the restore process. Be patient and wait for the process to be completed. However, sometimes you may be disappointed to find that there is no system restore points or restore process didn't complete successfully when running System Restore. In case this built-in feature fails, you’d better turn to the second method.

Way 2. Restore computer to previous date via the freeware

AOMEI Backupper Standard also works well to restore computer to the previous date as long as you have created backups. With its good performance and complete functions, you can backup/restore systems, disks, partitions or files in a very short time.

By using it, you can also create bootable media to perform system restore under Windows PE when your computer fails to boot. Most of all, it is completely free to use. Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. Let’s see how it works.

Tips: This freeware can only restore the image files created by itself. Ensure that you have created a system backup with this freeware before.

Step 1. Download, install and open this freeware.


Step 2. Click Restore in the left pane. Select the backup task (System Backup) you want to restore. Then click Next.


Step 3. Select a Backup Point from the list. By default, the system will be restored to the original system disk. You can choose Restore system to other location. Then click Next.

Backup Point

Step 4. Confirm your operations and then click Start Restore.

Start Restore


  • Enable Universal Restore: check this box to restore system to dissimilar hardware. After doing an edition upgrade, you can enjoy this feature.

  • The above steps also work for restoring computer to earlier date in Windows 10.


This article contains two ways to restore computer to earlier date in Windows 7. Since Windows built-in feature sometimes may goes wrong, AOMEI Backupper Standard is highly recommended. Not only does it permit you to restore computer to a previous date, it also gives you many flexible backup solutions such as auto backups, incremental and differential backups and so on.