In this guide we will explain you what is a system restore in Windows, how it works and will show you how to create a system restore point in Windows 10.
What is a system restore in Windows and how it Works?
System Restore is a feature in Microsoft Windows that allows the user to revert their computer’s state (including system files, installed applications, drivers, and system settings) to that of a previous point in time, which can be used to recover from system malfunctions or other problems. First included in Windows ME, it has been included in all following desktop versions of Windows released since, excluding the Windows Server In Windows 10.
System Restore works by detecting system changes, such as in system files and settings, Registry, applications, and drivers, and saving a working state as a “restore point.” If as a result of a misconfiguration your device experiences any issues, you can then use a restore point to undo the changes to fix problems that may be causing your PC to stop responding or affecting performance. System Restore is turned off by default and must be enabled by users in order to function.
How to enable System Restore
As we mentioned above System Restore is turned off by default and must be enabled by users, but you can use the following steps to enable it:
- Open Start.
- Search for Create a restore point, and click the result System Properties.
- Under “Protection Settings,” select the main system drive, and click the Configure button.
4. Select the Turn on system protection option.
Quick Tip: You can also use the slider to set the amount of storage you want System Restore to use, which by default is only one percent.
5. Click Apply and Click OK.
How to create a system restore point in Windows 10
Although a new restore point will be created automatically during a significant change happens, there will be times where you may want to manually create a restore point before modifying anything that might cause problems if you don’t do it correctly.
- Open Start.
- Search for Create a restore point, and click the result System Properties
- Under “Protection Settings,” select the main system drive, and click the Create button
4. Enter a description to identify the restore point.
5. Click Create.
Important Note: Even though System Restore may remove a program you’ve installed, it won’t also delete the files you’ve made through the program. For example, even if System Restore deletes your Adobe Photoshop installation and Microsoft Word program, the images and documents you may have created or edited with them are not removed as well – those are still considered your personal files.
System Restore doesn’t guarantee that the issue will be resolved. Say you’re only just now experiencing an issue with your video card driver, so you restore the computer back to a few days ago, but the problem persists. It’s possible the driver was corrupted three weeks ago, in which case restoring to just a few days ago, or any point within the last three weeks, will do no good in correcting the problem.