The Windows 10 Restore Point – Creation and Use
Whether it’s a failed Windows Update or a problem with the Windows Registry, or a bad software installation, System Restore can take Windows 10 back to a point before the problems started and will leave all your precious documents intact.
For many people, System Restore protection is already turned on by default, for just the main system drive (C:). For others, System Restore may not enabled by default for any of your drives.
If you want to be protected by System Restore, you should certainly turn it on for at least your system drive (C:). In most cases, that’s all you need, since all the things System Restore protects tend to be located on the system drive anyway. If you want to turn on System Restore protection for any other drives you can do that too.
To make sure System Restore is turned on and to enable it for specific drives hit Start, type ‘restore’, and then click ‘Create a restore point.’ This action doesn’t actually create a restore point; it just opens the dialog where you can get to all the System Restore options.
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 will enable System Restore and let it begin protecting your Windows PC.
Once System Restore is working you can create your own restore point at any time. A good idea is to create a restore point just before you install any new programs.
To create a restore point click Start then type ‘restore’ and click ‘Create a restore point’. Under the System Protection tab, click Create. You are then prompted to name the restore point. Make it something descriptive that will help you if you need to restore your PC back to this point in time. Once you’ve done that, click Create.
Restore your PC to an earlier point
There are a number of ways to use System Restore to get your PC back to an earlier state. The easiest is to open the System Properties window then click System Restore. Click Next, then choose a restore point from the on-screen list.
Before you click Next to move on, it’s a good idea to click ‘Scan for affected programs’ to see what (if any) programs will not be installed if you use this restore point. Once you have done that, click Close, then Next, then Finish to confirm you want to restore this particular point.
You can see how useful System Restore would be especially if something goes wrong with your Windows PC . You can now run System Restore and click on a recent restore point. This will reinstate system settings, files, and drivers, returning your underlying Windows system to that earlier point in time.