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Steps to Enable System Restore in Windows 10

You can find some efficient features in Windows 10 particularly regarding system recovery. The tools for recovery are easy to use. In spite of this, there may be occasions when you have to intervene manually to restore the system.

It might be an installation gone wrong, or some features could freeze up that leads to the system not working anymore. In addition to the backup, you have done, the System Restore function of Windows 10 allows you to retrieve all system changes easily without damaging files. The feature helps rewind the system to a point before the damage and erases all changes that caused the problems.

The System Restore feature is used to identify system changes in drivers, applications, the registry, system settings, and files while saving the working state of the system as a restore point. If your device faces any issues because of poor configuration and other faults, you can use the System Restore feature to fix the issue affecting the performance of your PC or preventing your PC from responding.

Why System Restore Is Disabled in Windows 10

In Windows 10, System Restore is not enabled by default. It is possible that it was disabled because it uses up plenty of storage space. Without System Restore, the drive space requirement for Windows 10 is greatly reduced. Since Microsoft wants to run its operating system on devices with storage space as low as 16GB, the feature is disabled.

This reduced space requirement helps the system compete with the cheaper Android tablet and Chromebook devices. Also, System Restore is not the only feature that you can use to recover the operating system to a new state. The PC reset option in Windows 10 also wipes files completely.

Here are three ways to restore your computer in Windows 10:

Use System Restore

Enable System Restore

1. You can find the System Restore option in Windows 10 by entering it in the Search box. A few options will appear. Choose the option, ‘Create a Restore Point’ from the displayed results.

choose create a restore point

2. The window that pops up after making the selection will be titled ‘System Properties.’ In this window, click on the ‘Configure’ button under the ‘Protection Settings’ heading.

configure button under protection settings

3. In the next screen under ‘Restore Settings’, choose ‘Turn on System Protection.’ This will help to undo any undesired changes. Enabling system restore allows you to move the computer back to a time before an issue occurred.

turn on system protection under restore settings

4. Now, use the Max Usage sliding bar to decide the percentage of space on the hard drive you need to use for storing the restore points. Around 10% is sufficient for this. Click on ‘OK.’

Create a Restore Point

This is a good idea if you want to save your current settings before making changes in system settings. If not, you need not worry about it as Windows 10 can create the points automatically.

1. You can create a restore point on your own manually by typing ‘System Restore’ into the search box and clicking the ‘Create a Restore Point’ option.

choose create a restore point

2. Click the ‘Create’ button, and use the dialogue box to name the restore point.

create button under protection settings

Return to a Restore Point

1. When you need to revert to the Restore Point, you again type ‘System Restore’ into the search box and click the ‘Create a Restore Point’ option.

choose create a restore point

2. The System Properties window opens, and this time you click on the ‘System Restore’ option.

system restore under system protection

3. As you progress through the System Restore wizard, you will see different ‘Restore Point’ options. Before you proceed to the Restore Point, click on the ‘Scan for Affected Programs’ button. This shows you the changes that will happen to the PC before using the Restore Point.

scan for affected programs

4, When you find the restore point you need, click on ‘Next’ to proceed.

System Restore in Safe Mode

The previous method may not work if your Windows operating system has serious issues. Serious operating system problems prevent System Restore from reverting to the Restore Point. If your computer cannot return to the restore point, you should open Windows 10 in Safe Mode.

Safe Mode is a barebones version of Windows that operates the system with the bare minimum of features needed. You will not be able to use any settings, drivers or apps that are complex and potentially problematic. Even if System Restore did not work in Normal Mode, a system restore done in Safe Mode is generally effective.

1. Open the ‘Start’ menu, and choose ‘Settings’.

settings on start menu

2. Under the Settings feature click on the ‘Update & Security’ option.

updates and security in windows settings

3. Next, choose the ‘Recovery’ option. Under ‘Advanced startup,’ click  ‘Restart Now.’

restart now under advanced startup

4. Once Windows restarts it will display the, ‘Choose an Option’ menu.

troubleshoot on choose an option

5. Select ‘Advanced options’ under ‘Troubleshoot’ and then choose ‘System Restore.’ Now System Restore will run normally.

system restore under advanced options

Use System Reset

Sometimes the issues in your PC may be so severe that it is not possible to restore it with either of the above two methods. However, there is another method you can choose. You can use the Reset feature, which recovers the system to its factory condition.

This should not affect your documents, but all your applications and other settings will be deleted. Before you use this method, make sure you have completely backed up your important files.

Resetting the PC

1. Open the ‘Start’ menu and choose ‘Settings.’

settings on start menu

2. In the settings window, click on ‘Update and Security,’ and select ‘Recovery’ from the menu on the left side of the window. This will open the ‘Reset this PC’ window.  Click on ‘Get Started.’

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4. Once you choose the ‘Get Started’ option, you will be taken to a subsequent screen where you can choose to ‘Keep my files’ or ‘Remove everything.’ If you choose ‘Remove everything, even your documents and files will be deleted.

get started option

5. After making your selection, follow the instructions given on-screen. They will help to reset Windows 10. You can see the list of applications that the system will erase on reset. You will have to confirm your choices before proceeding.

Using the Safe Mode Reset

In some corrupt systems, the reset feature may be prevented from working, just as the System Restore feature did. If the issues on your PC are very severe, you can run the system using ‘Safe Mode’ when performing a reset to bypass the issues.

1. As described above, open the ‘Start’ menu, choose ‘Settings,’ click on ‘Update & Security.’

updates and security in windows settings

2. Now, choose ‘Recovery.’ Under the ‘Advanced startup’ option, click ‘Restart Now.’

restart now under advanced startup

3. Once Windows restarts it will display the, ‘Choose an Option’ menu.

troubleshoot on choose an option

5. Select ‘Troubleshoot’ and then choose ‘Reset this PC.’

As you can see, restoring your system is an easy task for a Windows 10 computer. You can choose to enable the ‘System Restore’ feature, but in the case of tablets and laptops with minimal storage space, this is not advised. Even with a device that has smaller storage you can still restore it if the system becomes corrupt.