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How to restore the system to a previous point in Windows 10

System Restore in Windows 10 allows you to undo system changes that could be causing problems and return to a previous point in the settings. In this post we will see how you can restore the system in Windows 10 and create a restore point.

Windows System Restore is designed to create snapshots of the current operating state of the device. These snapshots are better known as ” restore points ” and are created when changes are detected in the system.

If a critical issue occurs after installing a system update, device driver, or after modifying the registry, you can use one of the available restore points to restore Windows 10 to an earlier point in time and fix the problem without losing your files. This is different from restoring Windows 10 from the factory, as you don’t lose files, all your settings, or all applications.

How to enable System Restore in Windows 10

Although it is a very useful recovery tool, System Restore is disabled by default. To create restore points automatically or manually, you must first enable the feature from the Control Panel:

# 1. Open Start, search for  Create a restore point  and click on the top result to open the System Properties window .

# 2. Within the System Protection tab and under the Protection Settings section , select the main unit ” System ” and click the Configure button  .

# 3. Select the Enable system protection option  and click the Apply / OK button  .

From now on Windows will automatically create a restore point when applying a new update or when specific changes are made to the system.

Create a Windows 10 restore point

System Restore will create a checkpoint automatically whenever it detects changes to the system. However, you can always create a restore point manually if you consider it necessary:

# 1. Open Start, search for  Create a restore point  and click on the top result to open the System Properties window .

# 2. Within the System Protection tab and under the Protection Settings section , click the Create button  .

# 3. Enter a descriptive name for the restore point, preferably related to the change to be made, and click Create.

The restore point will be created and you can restore the computer to the settings at that point if something goes wrong. For example, if the system stops working when you install a device driver, application, or modify the registry.

System restore in Windows 10 to a previous point

When the system becomes unstable, inoperative or there are some problems after modifying the system settings in Windows 10, you can fix it by applying a previous restore point.

In addition, the system can be damaged by changes that happen behind the scenes, such as updates, etc. In these cases you can also try to recover your system with this Windows functionality.

Basically you can restore Windows 10 to an earlier date in 2 ways: from the desktop, if you can log in, or using the advanced startup settings if the system won’t boot.

1) Undo system changes from the desktop

If you still have access to the desktop, you can revert the changes and restore your Windows 10 computer to a previous point:

# 1. Open Start, find Create a restore point,  and select the top result to open the System Properties window .

# 2. Inside the System Protection tab , click the System Restore button  .

If the option is grayed out, it means that the system does not have a restore point available.

# 3. In the System Restore window , click the Next button  .

# 4. Now select the desired restore point to revert the changes.

# 5. Before proceeding with the process, you can click the Detect affected programs button  . This allows you to confirm the applications that will be removed, because it was installed after creating said restore point.

# 6. Click the Next button  and then Finish  to start the restore.

Then System Restore will return the device to the chosen point, where everything is supposed to be in good working order.

2) Undo system changes from advanced startup

If your computer wo n’t start and you can’t access the desktop, then you will need to use advanced startup settings. This will allow you to use the System Restore function to undo the system changes.

# 1. To access advanced startup, turn on the device and as soon as the Windows logo appears, press and hold the power button to force a shutdown.

# 2. Repeat the previous step two more times, or until the device enters advanced startup or recovery options.

# 3. When the Automatic Repair screen finally loads , click the Advanced Options button  .

# 4. Then click on  Troubleshoot.

# 5. Then click on Advanced Options.

# 6. Now click on  System Restore.

# 7. Then select your Windows 10 account, confirm your password, and click Continue.

# 8. Select the restore point to revert the changes.

You can click the Detect affected programs button   to confirm which applications will be removed because they were installed after creating the restore point.

# 9. Click the Next button   and then  Finish.

Upon completing these steps, Windows 10 will be restored to the chosen restore point, undoing any subsequent changes to it. This will help you troubleshoot your system, returning it to a known working state.

System Restore is a convenient feature to quickly recover from configuration problems that cause your computer to malfunction. It may be more suitable than the option to restore Windows 10 from the factory, since you will not lose all your settings and installed applications.

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