Windows 10 restore points: Smart guide

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Please, publish an article about using “Restore point” instrument in Windows 10.
asked May 2, 2016 in Computers by Eric

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Good day to you!
In this instruction, I will provide detailed information about using “Restore point” instrument in Windows 10. This instrument appeared in previous Windows versions and made a good showing, thuswise it is still in use in modern systems as well.
Windows 10 restore points – are the easiest, quickest and the most effective method system recovery after its failure. 

How to restore Windows 10, using restore point

If the Windows 10 system starts normally:

If Windows 10 system manages to load after failure (though with some errors), you can use the restoring mechanism the following way.

1. Press Windows + R buttons (the article: "Win" key: How does it look like, what to do if It's not working), type in “control.exe” in the box and press Enter key:

Entering to the Windows Control Panel - restore points

2. A control panel window will open, type in “recovery” in the top right search box and choose “Recovery” from the menu as shown on the picture:

The recovery menu - Windows restore points
Then choose the first point – Open system recovery. 

3. Choose an appropriate restore point and click “Next”. It’s quite easy to select the correct restore point. It should be the latest point that had been created before the system failed. If on the first try you will choose a wrong point, you can repeat the restoring procedure any time.  

Restore your computer to the state it was in before the selected event
In the next window “Confirm your restore point” press “Finish”, after that the system recovery will start. If you haven’t succeeded in restoring your computer, using one restore point, you can always try once more with another point.

If the system fails to start:

If the system fails to start, you can try another way to start system recovery, using restore point. 

1. In order to get into Windows Recovery Environment without loading Windows 10, restart your computer 2-3 times, using the Power button. Press and hold Power button until the computer switches off and then press it once again to turn it on. 

2. After several of these reloads, you will see “Windows Recovery Environment” window on the screen, click “Troubleshoot” button:

Using restore points if system fails to start

In the next window, click “Advanced options” and then “System restore: Use a restore point recorded on your PC to restore Windows”.

3. The computer will restart and you will be able to choose the restore point name and start the Windows 10 restoring process.

How to enable or disable restore point creating in Windows 10

Automatic restore points creating is enabled by default for system drive (the drive on which Windows 10 is installed). To check whether restore points are on and disable or enable them, move to Control panel as described above (Windows + R keys, control.exe, Enter button). Then type “recovery” in the search box and go to “Recovery” menu. This procedure is described in detail in the very beginning of the article.

Configure system Restore points
Now, click “Configure system restore”, choose a disk (usually, it is advisable to choose Disk C:\ (System)) and press “Configurate...” button. If you want to create a new restore point in manual mode, click “Create...” button:

Select drive to set up system restore points
In the opened window you can enable or disable automatic restore points creating. After making all the necessary alterations press “OK” button.

What to do, if resetting the computer was of no use

Take it easy, there is nothing to worry about. Windows 10 involves other system recovery options, see details in our article: Windows 10 recovery: the All-in-one guide.
If you still have any questions left or need some details – don’t hesitate to ask questions!

answered May 2, 2016 by Expert Brian (5,410 points)

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