How to use System Restore on Windows 10 Machine?

Spectre and Meltdown

A large section of mass on this planet from small businesses to big enterprises depend on the Windows operating system. Though we hear news about many of its vulnerabilities, most of us tend to ignore them and still depend on the Windows OS for our daily purposes. Bill Gates is truly a successful man. Isn’t he?

As a Windows user, I faced a lot of issues and the after-effects of installing a malware application tops my list of Windows problems. It was difficult for me when I installed something like that on my laptop. The icons were changing, the mouse pointer was moving slow and above all, I was getting pissed after installing a bloatware. It was then that I found a way from Microsoft itself to overcome the problem through System Restore.

Many of us have heard this term, ‘System Restore’ before. But we never noticed or paid much attention to it like me. For those of you who don’t know what it is, ‘System Restore’ is a feature in the Windows operating system which will revert the state of computer (including applications, Windows Registry and system settings) to that of a previous point in the past.

In simple words, I would explain that using the System Restore feature, you will be able to let your computer to return to a specific time in the past when everything was working fine. Now, I am going to guide you on how to use the System Restore feature on Windows 10 PC.

SYSTEM RESTORE ON WINDOWS 10. How does it work?

I will explain you the process in three major following steps.

  1. How to set up System Restore on Windows 10?
  2. How to create a restore point on Windows 10?
  3. How to use System Restore on Windows 10?

Now, let’s begin with the first step.

How to set up System Restore on Windows 10?

By default, the location of the System Restore would be located in the primary drive. If you want to change it, you will have to follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Click ‘Start’ and type ‘Restore’.
  • Select ‘Create a Restore point’.
  • From ‘System Protection’ tab under ‘Protection Settings’, you will be able to view a list of the drives on your computer with ‘ON’ or ‘OFF’ label.
  • Choose your desired drive and click ‘Configure’.
  • Choose ‘Turn on System Protection’ to enable System Restore. By default, this feature should be on for the ‘C: ‘ drive.
  • Set the ‘Max Usage’ slider as you wish in the same window. The more you add, the more useful it would be to revert back.

How to create a Restore Point on Windows 10?

There are some cases when you will have to use the restore point for yourself especially when you are going to install a new software or a new driver. Below are the steps to do so:

  • Click ‘Start’ and type ‘Restore’.
  • Select ‘Create a Restore point’.
  • From ‘System Protection’ tab under ‘Protection Settings’, click ‘Create’.
  • Now give a fancy name and select ‘Create’.
  • In less than a minute, you will see a success message. Now ‘Close’.

How to use System Restore on Windows 10?

In normal cases, you will not have to use this option at all unless you choose the path of adventures like me. I call it the trouble day. When that day arrives, here is how you can use the System Restore on your Windows 10 PC:

  • Select ‘Start’ and type ‘Restore’.
  • Select ‘Create a restore point’.
  • From ‘System Protection’ tab under ‘System Restore’, select ‘System Restore’.
  • You will now see what it looks like a description of the ‘System Restore’ in a new dialog box. Select ‘Next’.
  • In the next screen, you will see the available restore points with dates. Select the desired one, and hit ‘Scan for affected programs’.
  • In a new dialog box, you will see the programs that will be uninstalled and the programs that will be restored. After noting the important ones, now click ‘Close’.
  • When you are ready, select the desired restore point and click ‘Next’.
  • The Windows 10 OS will ask you to confirm once again. Now, if you wish, you can go through the details and click ‘Finish’.
  • In the last dialog box, you will see a message that the process ‘cannot be interrupted’. Select ‘Yes’ to begin.

That’s it. You have just began the System Restore on your Windows 10 PC and it will finish in another 10 minutes. The completion time will depend on your hardware specifications and might finish sooner if your laptop or computer has good specifications.

Let us know whether this way works for you by commenting in the comments section below. We’d love to help you out in case if you are facing any problem.

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