Sys­tem Re­store

Windows Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 -

What hap­pens if you run into prob­lems and want to roll your PC back to a work­ing state? Sys­tem Re­store is the ob­vi­ous choice here – a clever and rel­a­tively pain­less way to roll back Win­dows it­self without af­fect­ing your data, but it’s dis­abled by de­fault in Win­dows 10. Type ‘sys­tem re­store’ and click ‘Take a re­store point’ to open its dia­log box. Se­lect your sys­tem drive (typ­i­cally C) and click Con­fig­ure. Choose ‘Turn on sys­tem pro­tec­tion’ and then set a suit­able size – 5-10 per­cent is usu­ally suf­fi­cient. Click ‘OK’ fol­lowed by ‘Cre­ate…’ to cre­ate your very first sys­tem Re­store point.

From now on, Win­dows will take reg­u­lar Re­store points au­to­mat­i­cally and some pro­grams will of­fer to cre­ate Re­store points for you dur­ing use too. Should you need to roll your PC back re­turn to this screen and click ‘Sys­tem Re­store…’ to start the process. Sys­tem Re­store can also be ac­cessed from the screen that ap­pears if Win­dows won’t start up prop­erly – click Trou­bleshoot > ‘Ad­vanced op­tions’ > Sys­tem Re­store.

It’s not fool­proof, but Sys­tem Re­store can often fix quite ma­jor prob­lems without the need for re­in­stalling or re­set­ting Win­dows.

When se­lect­ing a Re­store point, Win­dows can dis­play the ef­fects of restor­ing it, both in pro­grams re­moved and set­tings re­stored.

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