As always, this advice is for normal non-technical individuals and small business users. If you are technically savvy or have complicated computer setups, I encourage you to do more research and draw your own conclusions.
As always, this advice is for normal non-technical individuals and small business users. If you are technically savvy or have complicated computer setups, I encourage you to do more research and draw your own conclusions. Type in Create a restore point and click on it when it appears on the menu.
System Restore is set up separately for each drive. It only needs to be turned on for the drive where Windows is installed, usually the C: System Restore is running.
Click OK to close windows. System Restore will now function completely automatically. What is System Restore? System Restore has absolutely nothing to do with your data. It does not back up your files or pictures. Your stuff will not be better protected after you turn it on.
You still need to turn on File History or do cloud backups or whatever your choice is to back up your files. System Restore backs up files related to running Windows — registry files, drive and boot configurations, and hardware drivers. It takes snapshots automatically before certain kinds of changes: If the changes cause problems for your computer — anything from distorted colors to being completely unable to start — System Restore allows the computer to be rolled back to its previous condition.
Again, to be clear, System Restore does not touch your data. If you use System Restore to restore the computer to its condition three days ago, you will not lose three days of files or email. Windows 10 requires timely installation of updates.
Microsoft has removed many options to delay or avoid updates as a way to ensure that all computers are continually protected and up to date. The update system has been smooth and trouble-free for almost everyone. Occasionally, though, there have been problems with updates, just like always.
In the worst cases, Windows 10 computers go into a startup loop, displaying a series of messages about installing updates, failing to install updates, rolling back, restarting, installing updates, failing to install updates, rolling back, restarting.
It allows you to roll back to the condition of your computer the day before the failed updates. It replaces the registry with an earlier version, it restores hardware drivers to their pre-update condition, and it frequently returns the computer to a usable state.
There will still be some work to be done to find out why the update failed or else the same thing might happen again, but at least the computer returns to being functional. In the right circumstances, using System Restore is far easier than the Reset and Refresh features built into Windows It is one of the options in the automatic repair environment that appears when your computer is unable to boot up three times in a row. This is an advanced tool that might be better suited for your IT support person — but trust me, your friendly IT consultant will be very happy to find it running if needed!
Why did Microsoft disable System Restore? This one has taken me completely by surprise. I had two dismal experiences with Windows 10 computers that could not start after updates went sideways. In each case I found myself staring at a message that no restore points were available, turning each recovery into a much more difficult ordeal.
It took me a month to tumble to the reason, which is that Microsoft has deliberately turned off this feature in Windows 10 for some computers. I have been looking at Windows 10 computers in the last few days and cannot find any pattern to when it is enabled or disabled. The worst part is that Microsoft has offered no explanation whatsoever. There is an inaccurate reference to it on this page about Windows 10 recovery options , which is written as if System Restore will be readily available.
In fact, it encourages you to turn it on. I cannot find any public comment by Microsoft whatsoever that explains why it has been deprecated in Windows System Restore was introduced more than 15 years ago in Windows ME. Remember Windows ME, the disastrous followup to Windows 98? Unlike previous versions of Windows, there is no direct access to System Restore from the Windows 10 Start menu. There is no tile to provide quick access.
Those options are invaluable but they also require much more work when a simple hardware change or failed update has caused a problem. You can reset your PC in Windows 10 and leave your files intact — but it will remove every program you have installed other than the apps you have installed from the Windows Store, which is roughly none of them.
That mean reinstalling Office, Acrobat, Quicken, utilities, and all the other programs you use to get work done.
Turn on System Restore. But if that day comes, our conversation will be much more upbeat if I can find a System Restore point to get you back up and running.
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How to Enable or Disable System Restore in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 System protection is a feature that allows you to undo unwanted system changes by being able to do a System Restore.