How to use System Restore in Windows 10: Enable, create and restore

how to use System Restore in Windows 10
System Restore in Windows 10

In Windows 10 (and former versions too), it is actually possible to go back in time, with the help of the System Restore functionality. This feature creates and stores periods in the usage timeline called restore points. The points serve as a backup of your whole system, so you are able to bounce back when there is a major change.

This piece is going to show you how to use the System Restore feature well. Let’s get into it.

Enable System Restore

 

The first thing you should know is, in Windows 10, System Restore is not turned on by default. You have to enable it.

1. Press Start.

2. Search “Create a restore point”.

how to use System Restore in Windows 10

3. Click the top result. It will open the System Properties window.

4. Click your primary drive (usually C).

5. Hit Configure and a window will appear.

how to use System Restore in Windows 10

6. In the window, click “Turn on system protection”.

how to use System Restore in Windows 10

7. Click Apply, then OK.

8. Lastly, click OK on the System Properties window.

You have now enabled the System Restore feature!

Create a restore point

Now, let’s see how we can create a system restore. It is good to know that System Restore points are created automatically whenever Windows detects major system changes. Aside from that, you also create restore points manually.

Manually creating a restore point

  1. Click Start.
  2. Enter “Create a restore point”.
  3. Click the first result.
  4. Click “Create” under the System Protection tab.
  5. A prompt comes for you to name the restore point.
  6. Click Create after naming it

Note: The name you give to the restore point should be descriptive so that it will be easy to know what point that is exactly.

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Restore the PC to an earlier point

Now to the other most thing, how to restore a previously saved system. There are many ways to do this but, let’s use the usual way of doing it for the sake of this article.

  1. Hit the Start button and search “System”.
  2. Click the top result and your System Properties window will open up.
  3. Click System Protection and hit System Restore.
  4. Click “Next”, then choose a restore point from the list. It is always good to click “Scan for affected programs” to know which programs won’t be installed if you restore the system from that point.
  5. To complete the whole exercise, click Close > Next,
  6. Finally hit Finish to confirm that very restore point.

So now you know the most important aspects of the System Restore functionality, especially for Windows 10.

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