Restore Windows with System Restore on Windows 8/10

If you have problem on Windows, for example, corrupted system files, misconfigure settings, something wrong with a driver, unstable Windows, and you don’t know how to fix the problem, you could use System Restore to restore your system to an earlier point when your system was working fine. By default, System Restore is enabled on system drive so you should have restore points which you can choose to restore your system. If System Restore is disabled, or you don’t have any restore point, you can enable it and manually create restore point when your system is working fine.
Note: System Restore does not affect your documents, images, or other personal data so you cannot use it to backup your files.

In this article, I will show how to enable System Restore, create a restore point, and restore Windows to an earlier point in time on Windows 10.

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Section

  1. Enable System Restore and manually create a restore point
  2. Do a System Restore in Windows 10
  3. Do a System Restore in Advanced Startup (at boot)

Step-by-step

Enable System Restore and manually create a restore point

  1. On Windows desktop, right-click Windows icon at bottom left and select System. Open System
  2. Click System Protection on the left menu.
    Open System Protection
  3. System Restore is enabled by default on system drive which usually is C drive. If it is disabled, you can enable it by select the system drive and click Configure.
    Configure System Restore on C drive
  4. Select Turn on System Protection and you can choose how much disk space on this drive for System Restore (4 or 5% should be enough). Then, click OK.
    Enable System Restore
  5. System Restore is now enabled on this drive, but there is no restore point yet. You can manually create a restore point by click Create.
    Create a restore point
  6. Enter description of this restore point and click Create.
    Enter description for this restore point
  7. You have finished creating a restore point which can be used to restore Windows when there is a problem with your system later.
    Finished creating restore point

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Do a System Restore in Windows 10

In this example, I have adware which slow down my system, so I will restore my system to an earlier point which doesn’t has this problem.

  1. Open System Protection and select System Restore.
    Open System Restore
  2. On System Restore, click Next.
  3. Here you see restore points which you can choose to restore your system. Select a restore point. If you don’t know which one to choose, I suggest to select the most recent one. Then, click Next.
    Note: You can click Show more restore points which will display more earlier points. And you can also click Scan for affected programs to display list of programs that will be deleted or restored if you select this restore point.
    Select a restore point
  4. Click Finish.
    Finishing select a restore point
  5. Click Yes to confirm.
    Confirm restore Windows with this restore point
  6. In this example, it took about 10 minutes to restore my system.
    Restoring Windows system
  7. When it finishes, you PC will be restarted and you should have your system as it was at the time it was restored to.

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Do a System Restore in Advanced Startup (at boot)

If you have problem with your system and you can’t boot into Windows, you could try restore your system with System Restore in Advanced Startup by boot from Windows installation media or recovery drive.

  1. Insert Windows installation media and reboot your PC.
    Note: If it doesn’t boot into the media, you may have to configure boot order in BIOS to boot from the DVD or USB.
  2. On Windows Setup, click Next.
    Windows Setup
  3. Click Repair your computer.
    Click Repair your computer
  4. On Choose an option, select Troubleshoot.
    Select Troubleshoot
  5. Select Advanced options.
    Select Advanced options
  6. Select System Restore.
    Select System Restore
  7. Select target operating system.
    Select target operating system
  8. On System Restore, click Next.
    Restore-Windows-with-System-Restore-19
  9. Here you see restore points which you can choose to restore your system. Select a restore point. If you don’t know which one to choose, I suggest to select the most recent one. Then, click Next.
    Note: You can click Show more restore points which will display more earlier points. And you can also click Scan for affected programs to display list of programs that will be deleted or restored if you select this restore point.
    Select a restore point
  10. Click Finish.
    Finishing select a restore point
  11. Click Yes to confirm.
    Confirm restore Windows with this restore point
  12. In this example, it took about 10 minutes to restore my system.
    Restoring Windows system
  13. When it finishes, click Restart.
    Restart your system
  14. After your PC is restarted, you should have your system as it was at the time it was restored to.
    Finished restore Windows system

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  1. John April 20, 2016

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