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How to create a system restore point in Windows 10

How to create a system restore point in Windows 10

Windows 10 is pretty robust when it comes to recovering from problems that might stop it from working properly, but there may come a time when it needs some manual intervention. The system restore feature has been a part of Windows for decades.

In Windows 10 it’s still useful for recovering quickly when a new app or device driver causes instability. The causes as to why your operating system might break are numerous. Most likely, a third party application you install or a virus you got while surfing the internet might cause registry file error of your Windows 10 operating system.

By having a system restore point, you will be able to rescue your system to an earlier point in time thus fixing major OS issues very quickly.

System restore works by creating snapshots called “restore points”, which keep backup copies of your system configuration, including registry settings, driver files, and third-party programs. 

By default, system restore is disabled on Windows 10, but when enabled and configured correctly, it can automatically create restore points, but you can create restore points manually before making any system changes.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will walk you through the steps to configure and use system restore to undo changes that may be harming your device.

Outline of this post:

  • Enable system restore on Windows 10
  • Create a system restore point on Windows 10
  • How to restore your Windows 10 PC
  • Use a restore point when your Windows 10 PC won’t boot

How to enable system restore on Windows 10

Use the following steps to turned on system restore on Windows 10:

Step 1: Click on Start .

Step 2: Search for “System Restore,” and click the result of “Create a restore point”.

Search for create a restore point from start menu

Step 3: Under the “System protection” setting, select the main system drive (Local disk -C in our case) and click the “Configure” button.

Select your system drive and click the configure button

Step 4: Select the “Turn on system protection” option and then use the “Max Usage” slider to determine how much of your hard drive to use to store restore points — 5% to 10% is usually sufficient.

Select the turn on system protection option

Step 5: Click “Apply”.
Step 6: Click “OK”.

How to create a restore point on Windows 10

Windows saves some restore points automatically during a significant change like installing a new app or a downloaded driver or low-level system utility. But  there will be times where you may want to manually create a restore point before modifying anything that might cause problems if you do not do it correctly.

Sunil Pradhan

Developer, Explorer, Learner. My hunger and curiosity drive me forward in directions I want to go.

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Sunil Pradhan

Developer, Explorer, Learner. My hunger and curiosity drive me forward in directions I want to go.