It is possible to visit back in time in your PC with the System Restore feature. The restore points that are created in your computer are beneficial for you as they allow you to go to the previous, unchanged state. You can use the process given below to access System Restore.
1. Turn on System Restore
You need to enable System Restore on your own as it is not automatically turned on in Windows 10. Go to Start, type in ‘Create a restore point’ in the search section and select the top result that you see on the screen. Once you click on the same, the System Properties window will pop up with having the System Protection tab selected. You have to now click on the system drive, that is usually C, and then hit the Configure option. Next, choose the “Turn on system protection.” from the window that appears on the screen.
Click on the Apply option, then choose OK. The System Properties window will open, and you have to click on OK again. The System Restore features will be successfully enabled in your computer in this way.
2. Create an ideal restore point
Through System Restore, restore points are automatically created whenever a significant change is detected in your Windows computer. So, it is better to create a restore point manually before starting a critical process such as installing a new program. Follow the same method as discussed earlier for creating a restore point.
3. Restore your computer to the earlier state
To get your computer back to the previous state, you can use System Restore in various ways. If you are finding the ideal way, launch the System Properties window and hit the System Restore option. Then, click the Next option and choose the restore point from the available list. For checking the programs that might not install using restore point, click on “Scan for affected programs” before choosing the Next option. After doing the same, click on the Close option, then Next option, and then select Finish to make sure that you want to restore the dedicated point.
4. Use Windows Safe Mode
System Restore might not sometimes work ideally because of faulty program or driver. The best way, in that case, is to run Windows in Safe Mode. For running, click on the Start button and enter “Change advanced startup options” in the dedicated search area and then click on the result that you see on the top. When the setting window appears on the screen, click on the “Restart now” option available right below the “Advanced startup” heading. Once your computer restarts hit the Troubleshoot button, then Advanced option, Advanced options, and then System Restore at last for running System Restore as usual.
5. System Restore while booting
While taking a critical action, sometimes you hit the option that won’t let you boot into windows. You don’t need to worry much as you can still access System Restore to make things right. Firstly, switch off the computer and then switch it on later. After switching on, when the Windows logo shows on the screen, press the power button till your computer turns off. Follow the same process for a few times till the moment you see the Windows Recovery Environment. Select Troubleshoot, Advanced options later on, and System Restore at last for getting started.
6. Compatibility issues
System Restore feature might not work if it is not compatible with the dedicated programs in your PC. If one of the programs in your computer asks you to disable System Restore, it is likely to provide you problems while running Microsoft’s restoration program. Hence, it is best to disable these programs for a while.
Steve Smith is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Steve has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.