How to find out programs, files which will be affected after a System Restore

Will a system restore affect or delete my personal files or documents? Which programs or drivers will be affected after I effect a system restore? What all changes will a system restore effect? How do I find this out? Some very common questions I will try to answer here.

A System Restore will affect your system files, programs and registry settings. It can also make changes to scripts, batch files, and other types of executable files on your Windows computer. So any changes which have been made to these files, will be reversed.

System Restore will not affect your Documents folder or Personal files like photos, emails, etc, but you may find files on your desktop going missing. So you may want to move your personal documents from your desktop to a safe location before effecting a system Restore.

Which programs, drivers, files will be affected after a System Restore

To find out which programs exactly will be affected after a system restore, type rstrui.exe in start search and hit Enter to open System Restore. Select Choose a different restore point and click Next.

Which programs, drivers, files will be affected after a System Restore

Click on Scan for affected programs.

It will then scan for programs which will be affected or deleted. It will then list the programs and drivers which will be deleted and those which will be restored.

Thats it!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. japp

    Interesting article

  2. Shankar

    Thanks. I was badly wanted it.

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