System Restore recovers the PC to an earlier state, undoing bad updates or improper system settings.
- [Instructor] The root of PC trouble is change. Microsoft recognized that change happens unexpectedly. So they included a tool to help unwind the clock. It's called System Restore. The System Restore feature provides a quick backup of vital system settings. It creates a restore point. If anything goes awry in the system, you can use the restore point to bring back the computer into its previous working condition. That's the theory. And the feature works quite well.
So well in fact, that System Restore takes place automatically in Windows 10. Whenever you install new software, a restore point is created. If anything unexpected happens due to that change, you can run System Restore to recover. To do so, or to check on System Restore, press the Windows and Break key combination to bring up the System window. Choose System protection to view the System Properties dialog box. Click the System protection tab if it's not automatically shown.
If System Restore isn't active, then the button is dimmed. To activate it, click the Configure button. Choose Turn on system protection. Set the amount of disk space to use, such as 2%, which is plenty. Then, click OK. To review any System Restore points, or to restore the system to a previous state, click the System Restore button. If no points are set, you'll see a warning. Click the Cancel button. I'll show you how to create a restore point in a moment. Otherwise, click the Next button.
You see a list of restore points. And you can choose the Show more option to view the lot. If you need to restore the system, select a recent restore point. In fact, the most recent one is your best choice. The odds of recovery from an earlier restore point are kinda low, though you can try them if the most recent restore point doesn't work. Click the Next button. To restore the system, you click the Finish button. I'm not gonna do it here, but that's the next step. Windows would then shut down the computer.
Upon restarting, information is recovered from the restore point, taking your computer back in time. You just wait, while the computer restarts and applies the changes. Only when you see the message that the system has been restored is the process complete. While Windows does a good job creating a restore point, you can manually create one at any time. For example, I strongly recommend doing this before installing new hardware. From the System Properties dialog box, click the Create button.
Type a description, such as Memory Upgrade. Click the Create button. Windows saves information about the computer's current state. Click the Close button when it's done. How often should you create a restore point? Not that frequently. Only when you're upgrading hardware. Generally speaking, Windows creates its own restore points when you install new software or whenever the system is updated. If for some reason a recent update has prevented Windows from starting, then you can run the System Restore utility from the Windows Recovery Menu, which was covered in an earlier movie.
At the Windows Recovery Menu, choose Troubleshoot, Advanced options, System Restore. Finally, System Restore is a great tool, but it's not a substitute for backing up your computer files or for creating a system image.
- Diagnosing the causes of PC issues
- Troubleshooting hardware and software
- Performing startup and system restore steps
- Accessing the Task Manager
- Using the Registry Editor
- Fixing Windows
- Maintaining storage drives
- Restoring network connectivity