System Restore is a convenient feature in Windows 10. It takes a snapshot of your software, settings, and program files at a particular point in time, and this backup can then be used to restore your PC in the event something goes wrong. To make this work, you have to first create the restore. This tutorial will show you how to create and use system restore points in Windows 10 computers.
System Restore Point
The feature isn’t enabled by default on some computers, so you have to enable this feature to use it in the future.
Enable Feature and Create Restore Point
Step-1: Go to the Start Menu and type Create a restore point. Click Open.
Step-2: In the System Protection tab, click on the system drive, which is Local Disk (C:) in most cases. Now click on Configure.
Step-3: Select Turn on system protection.
Step-4: You can use the slider provided to adjust the amount of Disk Space for the system protection feature.
Step-5: You can delete older restore points (if they exist) by clicking on Delete.
Step-6: Select Apply.
Step-7: You will be asked to confirm if you want to do this. Click Yes.
Step-8: Now click OK.
After this is done, Windows will create a restore point every week. If there is any major system update about to occur, Windows will also create a restore point.
[If you have other drives other than C present, you can create restore points for those drives as well. In Step-2, instead of click on C, you can choose the Drive you want to be protected.]
Manually Create Restore Point
Windows create automatic restore points, but you can also create one manually if you wish. This is useful if you try to change registry settings, try out previous operating systems, etc. There are two ways to manually do this: Using System Properties and by using the command prompt.
- Open Start Menu and type Create a system restore point.
- In the System Protection tab, click on Create.
- Now type a name for the Restore Point.
- Select Create.
This will successfully create a restore point.
- Go to the Start Menu and type cmd.
- Select Run as administrator.
- Type this command and press Enter:
wmic.exe /Namespace:rootdefault Path SystemRestore Call CreateRestorePoint “RestoreDataOne”, 100, 7
- It says RestoreDataOne (between inverted commas) in the command above; you can put any name you want. RestoreDataOne is the name I want for my restore point. You can change it for yourself.
Once you press enter, you will have successfully created a restore point.
How to Use This Feature
If something went wrong, you could use the restore points you created to undo the changes and restore your system to a previously known good condition. [The instructions may vary for you depending on your Restore Points. Just follow the instructions provided on the screen once you start the System Restore in Step-2, and you are good to go.]
Step-1: Go to the Start menu and type Create a restore point. Click Open.
Step-2: Click on System Restore.
Step-3: Click on Next.
Step-4: Click on the restore point you want. You can use the Recommended restore by selecting this option or choose an entirely different one by choosing the option Choose a different restore point.
Step-5: If you choose the recommended option, you can click on Scan for affected programs. This will show you the things that will be removed or restore during the process.
Step-6: Once you are done, click on Finish to confirm your choices.
Your system will restart, and the restoration process will begin.