Windows Operating System has a built-in safety mechanism called ‘System Restore’ that allows you to create a system restore point on your computer and use this point to restore your Windows 10 computer from. This allows you to quickly undo all recent changes on your computer (which might be causing the problems) and run your computer with earlier settings at which it was functioning normally.
System Restore Points On Windows Computer
A System Restore Point on a Windows computer can be defined as saved record of Windows system files, registry settings and other executable files responsible for proper functioning of the system.
The Windows operating system is designed to automatically create System Restore Points, both periodically and also when it detects major changes taking place on your computer (like Software updates). In addition, Windows System Protection feature also allows you to manually create System Restore Points and save them to your computer.
Whenever required, you can choose from any of the System Restore Points available on your computer to quickly get your computer back to its normal working condition.
Restore Windows 10 Computer Using System Restore
Follow the steps below to restore your Windows computer using a system restore point that was either automatically created by the system or manually created by you.
As mentioned earlier, System Restore procedure will undo all recent changes to system files on your computer and take it back to a state where it was functioning normally.
1. Right click on Windows 10 Start button and choose Control Panel.
2. On the Control Panel locate the System icon and click on it (See image below).
3. Next, click on System Protection, you will find this link located to the left on System Screen (See image below)
4. Once you click on system protection link you may see a popup asking you to enter your Admin Password, in case you are currently not logged in to your Admin account.
5. Enter your Admin Password which will take you to the first System Restore Screen (See image below).
6. Click Next to reach the second System Restore screen where you will be able to see all the System Restore Points available on your computer (See below).
7. Click on the Restore point that you would like to use for this restore. In this case we have chosen a manually created restore point called “My-Restore” (See image above). You should be fine going with a system generated restore point.
Note: After selecting a restore point, you can click on Scan for affected programs to view the applications that will be deleted by the restore process.
8. After choosing a Restore Point, click on Next.
9. You will see a pop-up indicating that System Restore is taking place on your computer. You will see another pop-up confirming that your system has been restored to your chosen system restore point.
Once the System Restore Process is completed, your computer will be back to the point in time when it was working properly.