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If something goes abrupt with your Windows 10 PC, due to a new application use or a latest driver upgrade, simply trying to roll back or uninstall the driver doesn’t always benefit. That’s where Windows 10 System Restore feature comes in; as it simply lets you go back to the previous time, when PC was working properly.

But how does that function? Well, it simply do that by forming “restore points” from time to time, particularly when you install a new software application, or a Windows 10 update. Plus, it creates one every week anyway, and you can do so yourself anytime.

Windows 10 restore are basically an image of the crucial Windows stuff, like system files, hardware drivers and registry settings, themselves. It doesn’t take any of your personal files into consideration, so this isn’t like a backup by any means. Depending on your device settings, a small portion of your hard disk is dedicated to storing these restore points that by default clears out the old to make space for the new one. You’ll still require backing up all your personal information yourself, but Windows 10 Restore can help fix software problems on your Windows PC.


When you open System Restore, you’ll be displayed with the available restore points, which will permit you to return to an exact time in the past. In short, Windows 10 System Restore permits you to revert to a state when your PC was working just fine.

Before you apply the feature, you should know how it impacts your PC. Since Windows 10 System Restore doesn’t make a backup file of your personal data, restoring your system won’t change any of them. In its place, it keeps a track of all the apps you had, so once you select a point, any applications that were installed after that will be gone, and the uninstalled ones will come back.

Once the process is completed, you will have to re-run the installers/ uninstallers to simply get rid of the ones you don’t want. Luckily, Windows 10 does present you with a list of affected applications, making this method simpler.

How to set up System Restore on Windows 10

Automatically, the Windows 10 System Restore option is turned on for your primary drive, that comprise of all the necessary Windows documents. If you’d like to extend that facility, follow these phases:

  • Click start, and type in “restore”.
  • Select Create a restore point.
  • In the System Protection tab, under Protection Settings, you’ll get a list of available drives on your PC, with an On or Off label next to them.
  • Select the appropriate drive, and click Configure.
  • Next Turn on system protection to allow System Restore. It should be on by default for C:.
  • On the similar dialog box, adjust the Max Usage slider as you prefer. The more space you make, the farther back you can select to go later.

How to create a Restore point on Windows 10

In some scenarios, you might want to form a restore point yourself, for instance, if you’re about to install an app or a new driver from an unconfirmed source. Here’s how to do:

  • Click Start, and type in “restore”.
  • Select create a restore point.
  • In the System Protection tab, under Protection Settings, click Create.
  • Then, give it a name of your choice, and hit Create.
  • After less a minute, you’ll be given a success message. Click Close.

How to use System Restore on Windows 10

Hopefully, you not at all have to bother with this. But should that troubling day come, here’s how you can restore your device to an earlier point:

  • Click Start, and type in “restore”.
  • Select Create a restore point.
  • In the System Protection tab, under System Restore, hit System Restore.
  • A new dialog box will give you a brief detail of System Restore. Select Next.
  • On the next page, you’ll see the available restore points, with a date next to each of them. Select the required one, and click Scan for affected programs.
  • In a new dialog box, you’ll have two separate lists – the top one displays programs that will be deleted, and the bottom one displays programs that will be restored. Once you’ve noted the crucial ones, click Close.
  • If you’re ready, select the appropriate restore point, and click Next.
  • Windows 10 will ask you to confirm. Go through the details, and then click Finish.
  • In a final dialog box, System Restore will tell you that it “cannot be interrupted”. Click yes to start.

The Windows 10 restore method will take over your PC, and finish in about 15 minutes, more depending on your CPU and hard-drive speed. Once it begins, you can login to see if everything is working perfectly. If it didn’t have the desired result, contact Windows 10 Technical Support.