If you click Select another back up to restore files from you first define the backup set (backup period) to restore from and then the file or folders you want to restore. Also choose Select another back up to restore files from if you want to restore from a network location. Restore all user’s files brings up the same dialogue as Restore my files.
Recover system settings on your computer brings up the Recovery center in default mode. You proceed by clicking Open System Restore to undo a recent program installation or system configuration change for example. In the recovery center you have to select Advanced recovery methods to reinstall Windows 7 or use a system image.
If you are going to apply a system image then the Windows 7 recovery wizard will remind you that as a best practice you should make an ordinary backup as outlined above. Your computer will reboot automatically to continue the recovery. Upon the computer boot you have to indicate what your keyboard layout you have. Then click Next.
In the next phase Windows 7 scans your computer for systems images which might take a while. On the next screen you find information about your latest system image, which is chosen as default for re-imaging your computer. Alternatively, you can make your own selection including additional advanced options such as for using system images on DVD or stored in network locations.
The next screen provides support for installing additional drivers, disk operations such as format and repartition, and has some advanced options, too. Clicking Next, Finish then Yes will finally start re-imaging your computer. Restoring an image takes about the same time as its creation, usually a couple of minutes at the most. Upon completion Windows 7 restarts automatically.
Windows 7 systems re-imaging does usually not affect your personal files and folders. Nonetheless will you be presented the option to restore your files from a backup Windows 7 starts the first time after being re-imaged.