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.