How to Enable and Use System Restore in Windows 10

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Introduction

System restore in windows 10 is a very important tool that is probably ignored by most users. But using this tool can save you a lot of trouble especially if your computer fails to boot.

If you have every had blue screen of death (BCoD) you will appreciate the importance of having an existing restore point.

There are two sections covered in this guide:

  1. Steps to enable System Restore
  2. How to use System Restore to Fix Windows 10 problems
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How to Enable System Restore in Windows 10

  • Search System Restore and click Create a restore point.
  • At System Properties, System Protection tab highlight a drive and click Configure.
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  • Then select Turn on system protection and click OK. You can determine the Max disk usage for restore points by moving the slider beside Max Usage.
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  • To create a Restore point, click Create.
  • Then give the restore point a descriptive name and click Create. Wait until you receive the message shown in the second image below.
Anytime you want to create a Restore point, click Create. You can schedule this to happen automatically. This post Create System Restore Point on Schedule in Windows 10 shows how to create restore points automatically using Windows task scheduler.

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How to Recover Your PC with System Restore in Windows 10

If your computer fails, follow the steps here to revert your computer to a previous restore point. You could also restore your computer even if it hasn’t failed.

In this section I will demonstrate how to:

  1. Restore your computer from within Windows 10 – use this option if your computer hasn’t failed but you need to revert to where it was before you made a recent change
  2. Use System restore in Windows 10 to fix your computer when it is not booting.

How to Perform System Restore to Revert to a Previous State

Use the steps in this section to restore your computer to a previous state. This is useful if you recently made a lot of changes but want to roll all the changes back at once.

  • Search Restore. Then select Create a restore point.
  • Then click System Restore.
  • When the Restore wizard opens, click Next.
  • Then select a restore point and click Next.
  • To commence system restore, click Finish.

How to Use System Restore in Windows 10 if PC is not Booting

How to Use System Restore in Windows 10 If PC is not Booting
  • When Troubleshoot screen opens, click Advanced options.
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  • Then click System Restore.
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  • When the restore wizard opens, click Next.
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  • Select a restore point and click Next.
  • To initiate the restore, click Finish.

Conclusion

As I said at the introduction, using system restore in windows 10 can become a life saver when your computer fails to start.

So, if you have just scanned through this guide without enabling and creating a restore point I strongly recommend that you do so now. Next time your computer fails you will be glad you did!

On the other hand if you used this guide to restore your Windows 10 kindly share your feedback. Use the “Leave a Reply” form at the end of this page.

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