How to use system restore in Windows 10 (step-by-step)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to use system restore in Microsoft Windows 10.

What is System Restore?

System Restore is a tool built-in Microsoft Windows that allows someone to revert their computer's state (including system files, installed programs, Windows Registry, and system settings) to that of a previous point in time, which can be used to recover from system malfunctions or other problems.

How to turn on system protection in Windows 10

1. In the Windows search bar, you type restore and then click on Create a restore point.

Or you press the [Windows] + [pause] keys on your keyboard and then click on System protection located on the left side of the window.

On the System Protection tab, in the Protection Settings section, you will see the drives on your PC.

2. Select the system drive (the drive that has Windows installed on it). This is usually the (C:) drive.

3. Click on the Configure button.

Configure System Protection in Windows 10

4. Select the Turn on system protection option.

5. In the Disk Space Usage section, you can adjust the maximum disk space used for system protection.

Turn on system protection in Windows 10

6. Click on the Apply button.

7. Click on the OK button.

System protection is now enabled.

How to create a system restore point in Windows 10

1. In the Windows search bar, you type restore and then click on Create a restore point.

Or you press the [Windows] + [pause] keys on your keyboard and then click on System protection located on the left side of the window.

2. On the System Protection tab, you click on the Create button.

Create a system restore point in Windows 10

3. Type a description to help you identify the restore point.

4. Click on the Create button.

System protection will now create a system restore point. It will let you know when it's done.

5. Click on the Close button.

How to restore your system to an earlier restore point in Windows 10

1. In the Windows search bar, you type restore and then click on Create a restore point.

Or you press the [Windows] + [pause] keys on your keyboard and then click on System protection located on the left side of the window.

2. On the System Protection tab, you click on the System Restore button.

The “System Restore” window will appear.

3. Click on Next.

4. Select the restore point you want.

5. Click on Next.

6. Click on Finish.

7. When the “Once started, System Restore cannot be interrupted” message appears, you click on Yes.

Windows will restart your PC and begin the restore process.


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References:

ComputerHope.com: How to create a Windows Restore Point

ComputerHope.com: How do I restore Windows back to an earlier copy?

HowToGeek.com: How to use System Restore in Windows 7, 8, and 10

WindowsCentral.com: How to use System Restore on Windows 10

Microsoft.com: Create a system restore point

Wikipedia: System Restore