How to Use Windows 10 System Restore

System Restore on Windows 10 feature is designed to create a snapshot of your computer and then save the current working state as a “restore point” once system changes are detected. After installing an update, driver, or app incorrectly through the Registry or another tool, you can then use a previous restore point to revert your settings to an earlier point before the problems happening without losing your files.

In this post, we’ll show you ways of setting up System Restore as well as how to get your computer from problems that are affecting the normal operation.

Steps to enable System Restore on Windows 10

While System Restore is not enabled by default, you can configure the feature by following steps below:

  1. Click on Start menu
  2. Search for Create a restore point, click on the result to open the System Properties experience.
  3. Below “Protection Settings” section, click on “System” drive and select Configure button.

  1. Choose Turn on system protection
  2. Click on Apply
  3. Click on OK

Once you are done with the steps, Windows 10 will automatically create a restore point when a new update is installed or the specific system changes are made.

You cannot enable System Restore feature globally since it’s only available for system drives.

Steps to create a System Restore point on Windows 10

System Restore will automatically create checkpoints once it detects system changes. However, if you have to make significant modifications to your installation, you should manually create a restore point.

To create a System Restore point, just do the steps below:

  1. Click on Start menu
  2. Search for Create a restore point, and click on the result to launch the System Properties experience.
  3. Below “Protection Settings” section, simply click on Create button.
  4. Enter a name for the restore point.
  5. Click on Create button.
  6. Click on OK button.

You still have a way to undo changes if something is wrong when installing a new driver or editing the Registry.

Also see: How To Use PS3 Controllers With Windows 10 PC

Methods to recover using System Restore on Windows 10

If you encounter problems after making system changes, you can try undoing the changes with the help of a previously created restore point. You can perform so when you can still access the desktop, or even when your Windows 10 cannot boot up correctly.

Undo system changes through desktop experience.

If you still have access to the desktop, you can revert system changes using a restore point with these steps:

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Search for Create a restore point, and open the System Properties experience by clicking on the top result
  3. Choose System Restore button.
  4. Select the restore point you want to use on your computer after clicking on Next.
  5. Select Scan for affected programs button to see the apps that are no longer available, which have been added after the creation of the restore point.
  6. Click on Close button and choose Finish

After completing the steps, System Restore will then return your computer to the previous state.

Undo system changes through Advanced startup

If your Windows could not boot correctly, then you can take advantage of Advanced startup to access System Restore.

Boot into Advanced startup

Follow these steps below to access the Advanced startup environment:

  1. Power on your Windows computer
  2. As soon as you see the Windows logo, quickly press the Power button to interrupt the boot process.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 a few times. After that, you can use the steps listed below to access System Restore on your computer.

Follow these steps below to access System Restore when your computer cannot boot correctly:

  1. Click on Advanced options button > select Troubleshoot.
  2. Choose Advanced options > System Restore
  3. Select the restore point you want to use.
  4. Click on Scan for affected programs button to see the apps that are no longer available since they were added after the creation of the restore point.
  5. Click the Next button > then Finish button.

After you complete the steps, the changes causing the system problems will be got rid of and your computer can start normally.

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