Four different ways to use System Restore in Windows 10

Creating a System Restore point on Windows 10 is an important aspect so that we have back up of the running OS. Many users don’t create System Restore points on their System due to lack of proper knowledge or just think it as wastage. Its importance is realized when your PC stops responding while doing noteworthy changes in system files, settings, Registry, applications, drivers, or updating Windows.

Before applying any changes in the section aforementioned, do create a System Restore Point so that if anything goes wrong, data can be restored without losing any specific file or folder. By default, System Restore is disabled in Windows 10. Hence you have to activate this tool first to create the backup.  When you activate the checkpoints, it automatically creates a restore point which would be useful in the future.

You can create a System Restore point manually as well and use this tool when the system stops performing well while installing new apps or changing something new. Hence read the whole article carefully to know how to use this tool.

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Ways to use System Restore in Windows 10

Here is the process to use System Restore on Windows 10.

1. Turn on System Restore

The System Restore point is a feature of Windows 10, designed to create backup automatically of the data when important changes are being done on your system. To do this, you should turn on the system protection checkbox. Here is the complete process:

  • Go to the search box and type create a restore point and hit the Enter key to launch the System Properties dialog box.
  • Under the System Protection tab, select the main drive (C :\) where the operating system is installed. Here click on the Configure button.
  • On the succeeding screen, activate the Turn on system protection checkbox then click Apply and OK button to save changes.

  • You can also adjust the slider under the Disk space Usage section on the same page. It will set the maximum disk space you want to keep for system protection.
  • When this System Protection is set successfully, this will automatically create a restore point when you do any noteworthy changes in the computer.
  • In case you want to create a new restore point manually and don’t have the sufficient space available to do this, just click on the Delete button of the same page in order to remove the restored data.

Note: The system restore configure feature is only available for the root drive of the system. You cannot enable this feature for other disk drives.

    2. Create a System Restore point

The restore point would be created automatically, whenever you turn on the system protection checkbox. If this option is not activated, you can create it manually by following the simple steps described below. It will protect and recover the data if any discrepancy occurs.

  • Go to the Search bar and type create a restore point, click on the best result from the list.
  • When the System Properties dialog box appears up, tap the “Protection Settings,” tab.
  • Select the root drive(C :\) then click on the Create button.
  • Now type the description here. It will help you to identify the restore point.
  • At last, hit the Create button and wait until the task gets finished.

  • When the restore point is completed, you can recover the previous data if something goes wrong on the System while installing a new app, change in Registry files, or updating the driver.

    3. Use System Restore when you can access the desktop

Sometimes you will come across this issue while doing some important changes in Windows OS in which your System might get stuck suddenly due to some trouble. In this case, you can roll back the changes using a restore point which has been created previously. Here are the steps:

  • Go to Start and write Create a restore point in the search box and hit Enter to launch the System Properties dialog box.
  • Under the protection tab, tap the System Restore button thereafter click Next to go ahead.
  • Here choose the most recent known working to restore point from the list to solve the recent occurring issue.
  • Now click on the Scan for affected programs button at the lower section to see those applications which will be removed if they have been installed after the restore point was created.

  • Again hit the close button then next for further process.
  • Lastly, click Finish to complete the task.

When the process is finished, your PC will automatically use the previous settings thus letting everything starts anew and smooth.

4. Undo a restore point when you cannot sign into Desktop

The Undo system Restore tool is only applicable when you can access the desktop. In several situations, this error will make your PC stuck and prevent the sign-in on the Desktop Screen. If that’s the case, you can use your Restore point using the advanced option.

  1. Press and hold the Power button and wait until the PC is turned off.
  2. Again push this button and wait till the Window logo appears.
  3. Repeat this process until the Windows logo screen or automatic repair comes across the screen. Usually, you need to try three times.
  4. Click on the Advanced Startup option thereafter Troubleshoot on the next screen.
  5. After this click on Advanced options and select System Restore from the list.
  6. On the succeeding page, click the Next button to go ahead.
  7. Here choose the most recent known working to restore point to resolve the current issue.
  8. After that hit the Scan for affected programs button. It will look for the applications which have been installed after the last created Restore point and remove them all.
  9. Do the click on Close option, tap Next for further process.
  10. Finally hit Finish to complete the task.

Note: In case you could not avail of the automatic repair window, insert Windows installation media, and push the power button.

Simultaneously press the respective function key to open BIOS. Here click Next then on the Repair your computer button. Now follow the above-described instructions.

Final words:

The same system restores steps that are applicable for all the OS i.e. Windows 10, 8.1, and Windows 7. Do note that this tool does not replace the full backup or reset your system to factory default. In case if there is a fault in the hardware, you cannot use this recovery tool.

That would be all! If you have any queries or suggestions related to this article, do write in the comment box.