How to Use System Restore on Windows 10

How to Use System Restore on Windows 10

System Restore is a tool within Windows 10 that basically restores Windows to an earlier state. There could be many reasons why you may need to restore your PC back to an earlier date. For instance, if you face problems after a driver update or perhaps you applied faulty settings through Registry Editor while you were trying to stop automatic updates on your Windows 10.  

The tool is disabled by default, so in order to use it, you must enable it. Then, you can set it up to save system states as ‘Restore Points’ either automatically or manually. We’ll cover all three parts, i.e., enabling it, setting it up, and using it to restore Windows 10.  

How to Enable System Restore on Windows 10? 

Here are the steps to enable System Restore on Windows 10: 

  • Click Start, and in the search bar, type ‘Create a restore point.’ 
  • Select the top option, which will open a System Properties window.  
  • Click on the System Protection tab, then click Configure.  
  • Check Turn on System Protection option.  
  • You can select Max disk space for this purpose using the slider, otherwise, Windows will manage disk for this automatically.  
  • Click Apply, then Ok.  

Enable System Restore in Windows 10

Now, Windows 10 will start making restore points of the Windows whenever new updates are installed, or you apply major setting changes. It will automatically take a snapshot of the system and save it, in case you need to revert back to it. 

How to Create a System Restore Point on Windows 10? 

So what if you want to manually create a system restore point on Windows 10? The steps are pretty similar. Here’s how you do it: 

  • Click Start, and in the search bar, type ‘Create a restore point.’ 
  • Select the top option, which will open a System Properties window.  
  • Click on the System Protection tab, then click Create.  
  • A new small window will appear, where you can add the name for the restore point.  
  • Type the name (as detailed as possible to distinguish it), and click Create.  
  • Now, click Close, then OK.  

how to create a system restore point in Windows 10

You have manually created a System Restore point, and you can now go ahead and apply any changes or download any software. If things go wrong, you can select this restore point you just created to restore Windows 10 back to this point in time.  

How to Use System Restore on Windows 10? 

Now, let’s discuss the steps of how you can restore Windows 10 with the help of System Restore. Here’s how you do it: 

  • Click Start, and in the search bar, type ‘Create a restore point.’ 
  • Click System Restore.  
  • Click Next and you’ll see a list of restore point options. 
  • Select the restore point you want to use.  
  • Use the ‘Scan for affected program’ button to check which programs will be affected by the restore point (they might be uninstalled if they were installed after this restore point).  
  • Now, click Next, and then Finish.  

How to Use System Restore in Windows 10

Now, Windows 10 has been restored back to the selected restore point. If there were any apps lost in the process, you’ll need to download and install them again.  

If the computer doesn’t startup, you’ll need to use an advanced setup to restore it back. You can use the above steps to restore it back.  

Why Use System Restore on Windows 10? 

Windows 10 is a legacy safety feature that was built to give an easy way to fix problems for users. Sometimes when you download and update a driver or install new software, it can mess up with the system settings, causing problems in the system. With system restore, the settings go back to a point in time where they were working fine.  

Basically, it eliminates the need to manually look for the problem and resolve it. It’s a quick fix to get your PC running again smoothly. This option is not enabled by default, so you must enable it and use it manually to restore the system back to an earlier date.  

Final Thoughts

System restore on Windows 10 is a useful tool to quickly revert back any changes in the system that are causing problems. Think of it as an automatic snapshot of the system settings.  

If you enable it, it will keep taking these snapshots randomly. However, you can manually create a restore point as well, as demonstrated above.  

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