Create and use the Restore point in Windows 10

This tutorial explains what the Restore point is and how to create and use it in Windows 10. Learn how the Restore point works and how can you access it in Windows 10.

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What is the restore point?

A restore point is the snapshot of Windows' settings, registry entries, and critical system files and programs. When you install a hardware driver, or a new program, or make any major changes in Windows' setting, the Windows, if the System Protection is enabled, automatically creates a restore point that allows you to roll back the changes.

If you roll back the changes or restore the system at an earlier point, all settings and changes which you made after that point will vanish. The following image explains this process in detail.

how restore point works

When you restore the system, your data and programs do not change. The restore option only resets the registry to an earlier point in time. If the problem is triggered due to a bad driver or from the changes that you made recently, this option will fix it.

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The restore option is an advanced system recovery tool. If not used carefully, it can cause more problems rather than solving existing problems. To keep this option away from the regular users, in Windows 10, Microsoft made the accessing of this option a little bit harder.

If you are a non-technical or a regular user of Windows 10, instead of using the restore point option you should consider other easier system recover options such as; Fresh Start, Remove the latest update, Reset the system while keeping the program and user data, and reset the system while removing everything. These tools make the system recovery a few clicks' task. These tools are specially developed for the non-technical or regular users of Windows. I will explain these options separately in the next part of this tutorial.

Enabling the Restore Point option

Unlike the earlier version of Windows, in Windows 10, the restore point option is not enabled by default. Before use, we must have to enable this option.

To enable the restore point, type the "restore point" keyword in the Cortana search box and hit the enter key. From the result, click the "Create a restore point" link.

search restore point in cortana

Alternatively, click the start button. From the left menu click the setting icon. In the search box of the opened window, type "restore point" and hit the enter key. From the result, click the "Create a restore point" link.

search restore point in windows settings

The restore point option is available in the System Protection tab of the System Properties Control Panel. Click the Configure button.

configure button

The opened sub-window contains two sections; Restore settings and Disk space usage. To enable the restore point option we have to select the Turn on the System Protection option from the Restore settings section.

By default, Windows does not define the disk space limit for this option. Usually not required, but if you have low disk space, you can define the maximum disk space for this option. If you set the maximum cap, old restore points will be automatically deleted to make the space for new restore points.

Select the "Turn on system protection" option and click the OK button.

enable system protection

Creating a restore point

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Once the system protection is enabled, Windows automatically creates a restore point when you install new drivers or make changes in system settings. If required, you can also create a manual restore point.

To create a manual restore point, click the Create button.

create restore point

In the opened window, set a descriptive name and click the Create button.

set name for restore point

The process may take a few minutes.

restore process running

Once the process is finished, the wizard notifies you that the restore point was created successfully. Click the Close button then click the OK button to close the System Properties dialog box.

restore done

Your manual restore point is ready to rescue the system from incorrect change.

Using the restore point

Before you use the restore point to roll back the changes, consider the following facts.

  • If you lost any data and want to get it back from the restore point, you will not succeed. The Restore point does not take the snapshot of user data.
  • After the restore, all current settings will be replaced by the previous settings. It means any changes that you made after the restore point will be disappeared.
  • This option only fixes the issues which are caused due to incorrect settings, corrupt registry, and bad drivers.
  • Don't run this process on the production system, unless it is required. So if you want to run this process for learning or testing purposes, run it on the sandbox system.

To restore the system in the earlier point, access the System Properties dialog box again and click the System Restore button.

restore point

This button highlights only if any restore point is available. If this button is not highlighting, it simply means that the restore point is not available.

Windows scans all available restore points and start a wizard that allows us to restore the system in any of the available restore points.

scanning restore point

The wizard automatically selects the restore point which it assumes that can fix your problems. To continue with the pre-selected recommended restore point, click the Next button.

If you want to browse all available restore points or want to use another restore point, select the "choose a different restore point" option and click the Next button.

pre selected restore option

At the next screen, the wizard lists all available restore points. To know which restore point will make what changes, select the restore point from the list and click the "Scan for the affected programs" button.

Select the restore point which you want to use and click the Next button.

select the restore point

Wizard warns you that this process cannot be undone. Click the Yes button.

wizard warning

After getting confirmation, the wizard starts the restore process.

restoring point

During this process, the wizard reverts the changes to the selected restore point and restarts the system.

restart system

After restart, all current settings and changes those you made after the selected restore point will vanish.

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