Windows System Restore is an inbuilt utility tool that helps users revert their system to an earlier point in time when it crashes while keeping their personal files unaffected. Here’s how to access and perform System Restore on Windows 10 PC, along with some other ways to resolve PC issues.
Windows System Restore is an inbuilt feature that allows you to revert systems to a previous working state. You might find the system restore utility in Windows 10 quite useful for fixing crashes and system errors.
Let’s look at how Windows System Restore functions, how to enable it on any Windows 10 PC, and other ways to resolve system issues.
Windows System Restore: How It Works
In case of a system malfunction or crash, you can use Windows System Restore which will help you revert the system to a restore point. These restore points are primarily snapshots of your Windows program files, registry settings, and driver configuration taken at different times. System Restore will create a restore point before you make some prominent changes to your system, such as the installation of a new application or driver. If the changes end up making your computer unstable, you can undo them by selecting a restore point of your choice. This will take your computer back to the state it was in when the selected restore point was created. Thus, by restoring Windows 10 PC to an earlier point in time, Windows System Restore helps users get rid of any recent changes made into system files and settings that might have caused the problem.
Windows System Restore, however, does not save a copy of your personal documents or photos or emails as a part of its snapshots. As a result, your personal files will remain unaffected even when you execute this utility on your system. It will restore applications that were uninstalled after the chosen restore point was made and vice versa.
In a lot of Windows 10 PCs, Windows System Restore is turned on by default, which provides protection coverage only for the system drive or drive (C:). If you seek its protection for other drives, you need to manually activate it.
How To Enable Windows System Restore on a Windows 10 PC
If you want to enable Windows System Restore for other drives in any Windows 10 system, you can do it by following the steps given below:
- Go to the ‘Start’button on your PC.
- Type ‘System Restore’over the search box. When you see the ‘Create a Restore Point’, click it to directly open ‘System Properties’ window, with ‘System Protection’ tab already selected. Alternately, you can open this window through ‘Control Panel > System > System Protection’.
- The tab will display a section called ‘Protection Settings’ with all the available drives on your PC and the status of System Restore protection on each of them. To enable its protection for any drive, click on the ‘Configure’ button on the right.
- In the following ‘System Protection’dialog box that opens, you can click on the ‘Turn On System Protection’ option.
- This would give you access to the ‘Max Usage’slider that allows you to determine the hard drive space you want to allocate for System Restore to work.
- Once it is done, click on ‘Apply’and then on ‘OK’ to save the changes and close the ‘System Properties’ dialog box.
How to Create a Windows 10 Restore Point
- On the search bar of the ‘Start’menu, type ‘System Restore.’
- A list of search results will appear. Select the ‘Create a restore point’from the search results.
- This will take you to the ‘System Properties’ window. Select the ‘Create’ button at the bottom right side of the ‘System Properties’
- In the following ‘System Protection’dialog box that opens, add a description for the restore point to be created, and click ‘Create’.
- A new dialog box would appear on the screen stating that the restore point has been successfully created. Click the ‘Close’ button.
How to Restore Windows 10 PC to an Earlier State with Windows System Restore
- Use the above steps to open ‘System Properties’
- Go to ‘System Protection’tab and click on ‘System Restore’ button on the right.
- A new System Restore dialog box would open, with the heading ‘Restore Windows files and settings.’ Click on ‘Next’ to proceed.
- In the following window, you will see all the restore points created so far. Select any Windows 10restore point that you want your system to revert to, and click ‘Next.’
- You will see all the details of the restore point in the next window for review. Click on ‘Finish’to confirm.
- A new dialog box would appear with the question, ‘Once started, System Restore cannot be interrupted. Do you want to continue?’Click on the ‘Yes’ button, which will start the process of system restoration.
- Once the process is complete, the computer will restart. Log in to Windows normally and you will see a dialog box with the message that the process has been successfully performed. Click on the ‘Close’button to exit this process.
Other Ways to Fix a Windows 10 PC
At times, performing Windows System Restore cannot resolve the problem. Many users also try to choose older restore points to revert the system to a workable state, but this method has its own limitations. In such cases, it is best to try other troubleshooting methods to fix the issue. Here are a few other ways in which you can fix the problems on your Windows 10 PC:
- At times, Windows PCs fail to start up properly due to some corrupt or missing system files. If so is the case, opt for Startup Repairutility that scans and fixes damaged system files.
- If the PC fails to boot, you can boot it in the Safe Modeand opt for the Advanced Startup options that include Command Prompt, Windows Image Recovery, and Startup Settings.
- If nothing works, you can choose to Reset Your PC,an inbuilt system recovery functionality in Windows. Executing it will take your system to its factory default settings.
- Third-party solutions based on the reboot to restoretechnology also help in fixing system issues instantly. Deploying a reboot to restore software on the system is easy. All you need to do is to determine a suitable baseline configuration and activate the solution. After doing so, all changes made during the user sessions will be deleted, and the system will be reverted to its original baseline with each restart.
Windows System Restore can be useful to revert a system to a functional state. However, it is not a cure-all solution when the system crashes or ceases to function entirely. There are multiple recovery tools and reboot to restore solutions available that can simplify the task of restoring any Windows 10 PC.