How to create and use System Restore on Windows 11/10?

System Restore feature of Windows 11/10 works like a time machine that allows you to undo system changes that may be causing problems. System Restore feature of Windows 11/10 is designed to create a snapshot of your device on a specific date and time to restore your Windows operating system to a working state. If your Windows crashes after installing an update, driver, or app, or after modifying system settings incorrectly using the Registry or another tool, you can easily restore to previous saved time and date to fix the problem without losing your files.

Even Windows 11/10 allows you to delete specific or all “System Restore Points” at once.

Although System Restore is a handy troubleshooting tool, it remains disabled by default, which means you must enable it before you or Windows 11/10 can create restore points.

In this post, we will learn the following:-

  1. Enable the System Restore Point
  2. Create a System Restore point manually
  3. Recover Windows 10 using System Restore

How to enable System Restore Point on Windows 11/10?

Step 1. Open the Start menu and search for Create a restore point.

Step 2. Click on the “Create a restore point” app from the results to open System Properties.

Step 3. Click on the System Protection tab.

Step 4. Under the “System Protection” section, select the main “System” drive and click the Configure button.

Step 5. From the available options, select the Turn on system protection.

Step 6. Finally, click on Apply and then the OK button.

Quick Tips: Windows 11/10 can automatically manage the space; however, under the “Disk Space Usage” section, you can also use the slider to specify the maximum storage capacity to reserve for System Restore.

Once you complete the above steps, Windows 10 will automatically start creating a restore point when a new update or specific system changes are made.

Note: System Restore feature is only available for system drives (on which drive your OS is installed).

How to create a System Restore point manually on Windows 11/10?

Step 1. Open Start menu and search for Create a restore point,

Step 2. Click on the “Create a restore point” app from the results to open System Properties.

Step 3. Under the “System Protection” tab, click the Create button.

Step 4. Type and descriptive name when prompted.

Step 5. Once you have entered the system restore point name, click the Create button.

 

Step 6. It will start creating a system restore point on demand.

Step 7. After a few minutes, you should receive a message, “The restore point was created successfully.”

Step 8. Now, you can close the system protection window.

How to recover Windows 11/10 using System Restore?

Once you run into trouble after making system changes, you can undo the changes using a previously created restore point without spending more time troubleshooting the problem. You can restore your Windows 10 by accessing the desktop or even if your computer won’t boot correctly.

Undo system changes using desktop

If you have still access to the desktop, you can revert system changes using a restore point:-

Step 1. Open the Start menu and search for Create a restore point.

Step 2. Click on the “Create a restore point” app from the results to open System Properties.

Step 3. Under System Protection, click on the System Restore button.

Step 4. It will open the System Restore window; click on the Next button.
Step 5. Select the restore point that you want to use on your computer.
Step 6. Click Scan for affected programs. It will show the apps list that will no longer be available after system restoration because it was added after creating the system restore point.
Step 7. It will start scanning affected apps.

Step 8. It will list the affected apps and drivers, which will not be available after Windows restore.

Step 9. Once you have seen the list of apps/drivers which will not be available after system restore, note down and click the Close button.

Step 10. Click on the Next button to continue with the system restore.

Step 11. Once you have completed the above steps, click on the Finish button.

Now, the System Restore feature will return your computer to the previous working state.

Undo system changes using Advanced startup

If Windows 10 does not boot up correctly, it will try to repair it automatically. Even you can launch an Advanced startup manually to access System Restore.

Step 1. Turn on the PC.

Step 2. As soon as the Windows logo appears on the screen, interrupt the boot by pressing the power button.

Step 3. Repeat the steps from 1 to 2 until the device boots into the recovery.

Step 4. Click the Advanced options button.

Step 5. Click Troubleshoot.

Step 6. Click Advanced options.

Step 7. Click System Restore.

Step 8. Under the System Restore window, click on the Next button.

Step 9. Click the restore point that you want to use on your computer.

Step 10. Click ‘Scan for affected programs‘ if you want to see the list of apps/drivers that will not be available after restoration.
Step 11. It will start scanning affected apps.

Step 12. You will get a list of affected apps and drivers, which will not be available after Windows restore.

Step 13. Once you have seen the list of apps/drivers which will not be available after system restore, note down and click the Close button.

Step 14. Click on the Next button to continue with the system restore.

Step 15. Once you have completed the above steps, click on the Finish button.
Now, the System Restore feature will return your computer to the previous working state, and you can boot it normally.

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