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Using System Restore In Windows 10

System Restore for Windows has been around for years since Windows ME. Some folks use it frequently, and some never touch it. It is included in Windows 10 along with other recovery options.


When System Restore is enabled, Windows automatically creates a record of the changes introduced by a system or software event as changes occur on a user’s PC. By using System Restore users will be able to roll back their systems to an earlier date if a bad installation, update, or some configuration gives an undesired result. These records or points in time are saved as Restore Points.


Be aware that System Restore has not been enabled by default on all installations! When Windows 10 is installed or when a new computer running Windows 10 is received, one of the first things to do is to enable System Restore. This will tell Windows to automatically create a Restore Point that the system can return to if there is a problem. A Restore Point can also be created manually if the user is unsure about an update, new installation, or some other configuration that will be changed without an easy way to undo it.

 

To Enable System Restore:
1. Turn your Windows 10 computer on and log on with an administrator account.
2. Click on the Search or Cortana icon in your desktop taskbar. Alternatively, from the Start menu on the taskbar, click Settings.
3. Type System Restore in the search field.
4. The System Properties window appears.
You’ll see Create a restore point. Click that.
5. You will be taken to the System Protection tab of the System Properties window. This is where the System Restore options are located.
If system protection is not on, click Configure.

In the next window, select the radio button that shows Turn on system protection.
Default settings under Disk Space Usage should be ok for most users. However, if you would like to change that, the slider for Max Usage can be adjusted. The less space you provide, the fewer restore points System Restore will be able to save. However, remember that Windows will be using disk space, so choose wisely. Don’t forget to click Apply.
OK to save your settings.
Close the System Properties window.

 

 

Using System Restore

 

Log on with an administrator account.

1. Select the Start button, type control panel. Choose that from the list of results.
2. Search Control Panel for Recovery.
3. Select Recovery > Open System Restore > Next.
4. On the next page, click to select your preferred restore point from the available list. Windows recommends you use the most recent Restore Point.
5. You may want to click 'Scan for affected programs' to see which programs and hardware drivers will be affected by rolling back your PC to this point. This option will show the programs that will be removed if you choose a particular Restore Point as well as others that will be restored. This should help you decide whether to use it.
6. Once you decide, click Next to continue and follow the prompts.
7. On the Confirm your restore point page, click Finish.
8. On the warning box that appears, click OK to confirm your action.
9. Restoring will take a few minutes. Sit back and wait until Windows 10 restores to the selected restore point and restarts automatically.
10. Start using the operating system normally.


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Running System Restore From A Command Prompt

 

If you are unable run System Restore from inside Windows as described above, because a problem is so bad that your computer won't start normally, you may be able to start in Safe Mode to access Run for a Command Prompt. From here you may be able to start the System Restore utility by executing a simple command.
1. Open Run from the Start Menu
2. Type the following command in the text box or Command Prompt window:

               rstrui.exe
3. Press the Enter key or press the OK button, depending on where you executed the System Restore command from.
4. The System Restore wizard will open. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the System Restore process.

 

 

Additional Resources:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12415/windows-10-recovery-options

 

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themeshouter On 2017-10-14, 4:15 AM

Yes, you can safely restore to windows 10. In case of any problem you can contact microsoft tech support for instant solution. If you don't know how to get help in windows 10 then just follow the instruction properly at a time of update.

xcln On 2017-11-21, 11:50 AM

Although the system restore is very nice *when it works*, which is maybe 95% of the time, I personally do NOT use it, except for quick tests. The reason is that it does not provide an ironclad guarantee you can go back to a previous state. Why live with that uncertainty/ risk when there is a better way? On top of that, if you use Solid State Drives, it eats up your available space and reduces your hard drive longevity.

 

Windows also has (since Win 7 Pro) another complete system backup utility. That one also I do not use except when I am in a hurry, and I certainly do not depend on it for that same less than 100% reliability. On top of that, IF you machine (or hard drive) dies, that backup is USELESS because you cannot use it (assuming you can recover that Image Backup Folder) on another computer.

 

So I highly recommend a third party system backup imaging software. I have had excellent experience with Acronis and Paragon Hard Drive Manager, among others, some of which are also free.

 

The right way to proceed (for smaller operations) is to use a second hard drive, either in a drive bay or in a base, and in more modern (USB 3 enabled) laptops and external USB 3 hard drive.  The reason is that this way the backup will be much faster (except if you have a large enoug SSD).

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