3. Create a system repair disc
Restore points are underutilized and handy, for certain, but there’s a problem with relying solely on them to save you. The hard drive itself could become corrupt and Windows 7 might not be able to find the operating system or the restore point, which would mean having to re-install the entire operating system.
That’s why we recommend creating a system recovery disc, which is (in the case of Windows 7) a separate DVD you will create with your computer that you can use to restore a computer that won’t boot up. Depending on your comfort level, this may sound overly technical, but it’s not hard.
With Windows 7, you’ll need a blank DVD (not a CD-R) to create the repair disc—as well as, of course, a DVD burner. Insert the disc in the drive, go to the Start menu, and type “backup.” Click on the “Back up your computer” option again, but this time, look on the left-hand side of the window and click on “Create a system repair disc.” You’ll see a prompt to select your DVD burner. Click “Create disc”; wait for the disc to be burned, then click Close and OK. Now, if your computer fails to boot up or prompts you to use a restore point, you can insert the recovery disc and use it to restore your computer. Remember that this process does not restore data (such as documents and photos), but only restores the operating system. To restore data, you’ll need to fetch it from your backup.