How to use System Restore in Windows 10

A guide to helping users!

We've all been in a position where we wish we could go back in time and with Windows 10 this is something you can actually do. Using the System Restore feature which creates restore points, it allows you to have a failsafe in place if a major change occurs on your computer. Whether there has been a failed installation, corrupt driver or even a botched Registry, System Restore can take you back to a previously point where the computer was in a healthy state. However, it's important to note remembering to create restore points is very important otherwise you don't have anything to restore back to.

In this tutorial we'll be going through to use System Restore and how to get your computer back into a healthy state if a issue occurs.

Enable System Restore

The Windows 10 System Restore feature isn't actually enabled by default so you'll need to enable it manually. First, press Start or the Windows key on your keyboard. Press Start, then type ‘Create a restore point’ and click the top result. This will open the System Properties window with the System Protection tab selected by default. Click your system drive (usually C), then click Configure. In the window that appears, click “Turn on system protection.” Click Apply, then OK, then click OK on the System Properties window. 

This means System Restore will now be enabled and start protecting your system. 

Creating a Restore Point

The good thing about enabling System Restore on your computer means Windows will detect any major system changes and it will automatically create a Restore Point which you can revert back to. Although there is some circumstances where it's a good idea to create a manual System Restore. This could be before installing a program, removing a program and when installing new drivers. It's also a good idea to create system points regually throughout the month just to make sure you can revert back if anything happens.

In order to create a Restore Point you need to go back to Systems Properties and click on Create. You will then be prompted to enter a restore name. You don't need to do anymore than that and now you have a restore created, with the name specified and that date and time.

How to restore your PC back

In order to restore your PC back using a restore point you need to be back into the same screen be System Properties. You need to click on System Restore, Click Next, then choose a restore point from the on-screen list. Before you click Next to move on, make sure to scan for affected programs to see what (if any) programs will not be installed if you use this restore point. Once you’ve done that, click Close, then Next, then Finish to confirm you want to restore this particular point. Make sure you're choosing the correct Restore Point.

How to use System Restore in Safe Mode

After installing a program or running into a faulty driver Windows may struggle to load. In most cases you will receive a BSOD stating what the error is. The best solution to this is loading into Safe Mode. This is because the issue could be stopping System Restore from working properly. Safe Mode runs a bare bones version of the operating system to stop anything that may be causing a problem. 

When you load into your desktop click Start, then type Change advanced startup options and click the top result. From the settings window that appears, click Restart now under the Advanced startup heading.

When your PC restarts, click Troubleshoot, then Advanced options, then System Restore. You should then be able to run System Restore as normal. You will also be able to see all of your restore points and choose one accordingly.

Need more help?

Unfortunately, not all solutions can be solved using the Windows System Restore and if you're something struggling with an issue we'd be happy to help. 

You can contact us using the following information:

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