Explore the System Restore window and review the default settings. Create a System Restore point manually. Configure the Disk Space Usage setting to maximize the number of points saved while at the same time balancing that figure with the how much free space is available to work with. Learn how to access those restore points when necessary. Locate Local Group Policy entries.
- [Instructor] System Restore has been a part of Windows since Windows ME, and automatically takes snapshots of the operating system and its various components, including the registry without input from you. The snapshots it saves are called System Restore Points. Let's open System Restore. I'll type system restore in the search window on the task bar, and in the results, click Create a restore point. Note that System Restore only restores the operating system and registry.
System Restore won't make any changes to your files, your pictures, your music, downloads, videos, or any other personal data. All of that remains the same. Notice here that the C drive is listed, and protection is on. C is usually the drive we're concerned with, although other drives can certainly exist and contain data. If you ever feel like you're about to do something risky such as installing a new device or device driver, you can create a restore point manually.
Click Create to get started. I'll name my restore point Sample Restore, and click Create. Now I'll click Close, and let's take a look at that restore point. Now click System Restore. You can choose the recommended restore point or choose another. I'll click choose a different restore point and click Next. There are three here. One is the sample restore I just created. One is before installing a video driver, and another is one Windows created not too long ago.
If you actually click a point and perform the restore action, you computer will reboot and the process will take some time, perhaps 10 or 15 minutes. I'm not going to do that now, so I clicked Cancel. Now click Configure. Note how much disc space you have allotted for system restore. I keep mine at about 10%. The number of restore points this adds up to depends on your computer's configuration. However, the more space you give to system restore, the more restore points Windows will save.
The allotted space is filled, the oldest restore points are deleted, and new ones take their place. There are two group policy settings you can configure on your local Windows Pro or Enterprise machine to manage System Restore. To configure them, type gpedit in the search window on the task bar and click it in the results. I'll maximize the window and expand the pane so that we can dive into Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and System Restore.
The two options are to turn off configuration and turn off system restore. I see no reason to disable System Restore, but if you want to disable the option to configure it, you can certainly do so. To turn off configuration, double-click it, click Enabled, and click OK. I'll click Cancel. Whatever the case, and however you decide to configure System Restore, make sure it's enabled and that you remember it's an option that you can use should your computer ever begin to malfunction. Further, make sure to create restore points manually if you ever feel like you're about to do something that could harm the computer, like installing device drivers or third-party software.
Although System Restore isn't meant to help you recover from a malware attack, sometimes it can do that too. Better to be safe than sorry.
Note: The course also maps to the third part of MCSA exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10. Taking this course will prepare you for objectives in the Manage and Maintain Windows domain of the test.
- Configuring Windows Update
- Updating Windows apps
- Reviewing event logs
- Using Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor
- Managing security with Windows Defender
- Creating a recovery drive
- Restoring and recovering files
- Recovering the OS with Windows Recovery
- Configuring authorization and authentication
- Securing Windows 10 with passwords
- Joining workgroups and domains
- Creating and using accounts
- Automating tasks with PowerShell