It is essential that all PC users know how to use System Restore in Windows 10. When your computer begins to crash, displays error messages, or does not even start, a System Restore can be a true lifesaver.
Introduced in Windows Me in 2000, System Restore works by creating “restore points” that allow you to roll back a misbehaving computer, including system files and settings, installed programs, and the Windows registry, to a point earlier in the time it was working. adequately.
System Restore used to create restore points automatically once a week, but in Windows 10, an instance is only created when a significant event occurs on your PC, such as an update, a program, a driver installation, or a system setting. that is changed. It is also possible to create restore points yourself.
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Interestingly, considering how useful System Restore is, Windows 10 saves the tool in the System Properties section of the Control Panel and doesn’t even turn it on by default. It is now part of a larger feature called System Protection, which makes it even harder to find.
In our guide below, we’ll explain how to turn on System Restore in Windows 10, how to create a restore point manually, and how to use a restore point to revert your PC to a correct working state when something goes wrong. We also cover how to run System Restore when Windows won’t boot.
How to Use System Restore in Windows 10: Turn on System Protection
As mentioned above, System Restore is disabled by default in Windows 10. You may not realize this until you need to undo the unwanted changes and find that you cannot. Here’s how to enable System Protection, which includes the System Restore tool.
1. Type “system restore” in the Windows 10 search box and click “Create a restore point” in the results list.
2. The System Properties dialog will now open in the System Protection tab. In the Protection Settings section, select the main unit of your system, which is usually labeled “C:” and click the Configure button.
3. Select “Activate system protection”. in Restore settings. You can also adjust the maximum amount of disk space allocated to restore points.
However, as Windows 10 handles disk space usage automatically, you don’t need to worry about this unless you are running out of space on your hard drive.
In the same box, you can also click Delete to delete the old system restore points if you need it at a later date.
4. Click Apply, later OK to enable System Restore and close the System Protection box for the main system drive.
Windows 10 now automatically create a restore point whenever a significant change is made to your system.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 for your other drives, if you want to enable System Protection for them as well.
How to use System Restore in Windows 10: create a restore point
Although Windows 10 handles restore points automatically, you may also want to create a point manually before making a major change to your PC. For example, you may plan to modify system settings or open a potentially dangerous download. Here’s how to do it.
1. Repeat step 1 in the previous section to open the System Protection dialog. Select the unit you want to create a system restore point for, and click the Create button.
2. Enter a descriptive name for your restore point to help you identify it later. Windows 10 adds the date and time automatically. Click Create to continue.
3. System protection now create your restore point. This can take a while, depending on the amount of data you need to save.
Once complete, you will see a message confirming that the restore point was created successfully. Click Close to exit.
How to use System Restore in Windows 10: Restore your system
Hopefully, you shouldn’t have to restore your system too often, but if your PC starts to misbehave, for example if it keeps crashing or certain functions don’t work, here’s how to undo the troublesome changes by restoring Windows to a previous state. .
1. Open the System Properties box, in the same way as we described above, and click the “System Restore” button on the System Protection tab.
If the option is grayed out, unfortunately you don’t have any restore point available
2. When the System Restore window opens, Click Next To get started. Select restore point you want your system to return to.
Also worth it by clicking on “Search for affected programs” to check which programs and drivers will be removed because they were installed after the restore point was created.
Press next to continue.
3. Check and confirm the restore point details, then click the Finish button. This will return your system to the good working order it was in when that point was created.
Note that System Restore will need to restart your PC to complete, so make sure to save open files before clicking Finish.
Also, System Restore cannot be interrupted while it is in progress. It can be time consuming, so it is wise to do something outside of your computer while you wait.
How to use System Restore when your Windows 10 PC won’t boot
If your PC does not start properly to allow you to run System Restore, or hangs almost immediately, you can run the tool from Windows 10 “Advanced Startup Options”. Here’s how to access System Restore using this method.
1. Start or restart your PC, then press the F11 key while starting. Alternatively, hold down the Shift key while restarting your system.
A blue screen will appear asking you to ‘choose an option’. Select “Troubleshoot”.
2. You will now be presented with the “Advanced Options” screen. If not, find a button with that name and click on it.
Either way, select the System Restore option.
3. Choose your Windows account, enter your password, later click Continue.
This will open the System Restore wizard. Now you can restore your PC to its previous working state, as described in the previous section.
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