Updated: 01/18/2023 by Computer Hope

Restore may refer to any of the following:

1. Alternatively called a system restore, restore is reverting a computer back to its original configuration or an earlier copy. See our factory settings definition for full information and related links.

2. Restore describes recovering lost or old data from a backup.

Maximize button

3. Restoring is taking a window that was minimized and enlarging it back to maximized or its "Normal" size. Restore also refers to taking a maximized window and reducing it to a "Normal" size. In Microsoft Windows, this action can be carried out using the three-button menu (shown right) found in the upper-right corner of a window.


When the window is reduced in size, it's also called restore down.

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