Manage System Restore in Windows 10

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Using System Restore in Windows 10 can save you a lot of headaches if something goes astray with your PC. Although software engineers and developers have decreased the number of glitches seen in most programs, there are still incidents when something just doesn't work out, or, you make a mistake when editing a vital system file or options.

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Typically, Windows 10 will automatically create System Restore Points (if enabled) after installing critical updates. However, users can also create manual System Restore Points on their own, and use them to revert to a specific time. Of course, restore points don't replace performing proper backups, but they can help you in a jam. Say for example in you're planning on making some tweaks to your computer via the registry, creating a system restore point before hitting the registry editor might be a good idea.

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In this VisiHow Tutorial, we'll go through the steps on enabling, creating, deleting, and using System Restore Points. We'll also include steps to access a restore point if your PC doesn't boot properly.

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Enable System Restore on Windows 10

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    Go to the search box, type; "create a restore point" (without the quotes), then click the first link once the results populate.01
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    On the System Protection tab, click "Configure". Make sure you have the proper drive selected
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    Usually, this will be your "C" Drive.
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    Select the radio button next to "Turn on system protection"
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    Next, move the slider next to "Max usage" to adjust the maximum amount of disk space that can be used for system protection. Click "Apply" to save the changes.
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    Finally, click "OK" to close the System Protection window. You now have System Restore enabled.
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Create System Restore Point in Windows 10

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    Using the search option, type; "create a restore point" (without quotation marks)
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    When the results populate, click the link at the very top.
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    On the System Protection tab, click the "Create" button.
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    Next, give your System Restore Point a name, then click "Create" to continue. Your PC will now create the restore point.
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    Once completed, you'll see a message that says; "The restore point was created successfully"
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    Click "Close" to exit the dialog window. You've now created a manual system restore point.
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Delete System Restore Points on Windows 10

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    Head to the search feature and type; "create a restore point"
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    Click the first option once the results populate.
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    While on the System Protection tab, click "Configure".
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    Next, click the "Delete" button to the right of Delete all restore points for this drive.
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    When the following dialog window appears, click "Continue" to delete all the restore points for this drive.
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  • Restore My Computer to an Earlier Date

    To restore your computer to a time in the past, follow the steps below. If your PC doesn't boot correctly, follow the steps in the Tips and Warnings section.

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      Use the Windows search function to search for; "create a restore point" (without the quotes)
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      Click the first option when the search returns.
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      Here on the System Protection tab, click the "System Restore" button.
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      On the following window, click "Next".
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      Next, select a restore point for the most recent time that your PC worked properly, then click "Scan for affected programs".
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      When the scan is completed, you'll see all the applications and drivers that will be deleted once you restore your system, in the first box
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      The second box will list any programs and drivers that might get restored. Click "Close" to proceed.
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      With the most recent working restore point selected, click "Next".
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      On the Confirm your restore point window, click "Finish".
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      On the final dialog window, click "Yes" to restore your system
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      Be sure you've selected the right restore point as this process cannot be undone.
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    Tips, Tricks, and Warnings

    • If you plan on making any edits to the registry, create a System Restore Point first.
    • If your PC doesn't start, you still might be able to use a restore point by following these steps:
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      Attempt to start your machine three times.
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      After the third attempt, you should see the Automatic Repair menu.
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      Click the "Advanced Startup" link.
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      Select "Troubleshoot".
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      Click the "Advanced options" link.
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      Select the "System Restore" option, followed by "Next".
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      Choose a restore point for the most recent time that your system functioned correctly.
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      Check which applications will be deleted by clicking; "Scan for affected programs", followed by "Close".
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      Click the "Next" button.
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      Finally, click "Finish".
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    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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