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How to create Windows 10 restore point

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How to create Windows 10 restore point: The function attached to Windows that allows you to create system restore points so that you can restore the OS to a previous state when needed is undoubtedly very useful and can be useful in many situations.

The restore points are in fact archives where all the settings, programs and drivers present on the computer are stored at a specific time so that they can always be available and can be restored as needed. To give a practical example, if you install a program on your PC that causes instability to the system, using the restore points you can bring your computer to a previous condition while keeping all your documents unaltered and without particular effort.

On all Microsoft home operating systems, system restore is active by default, while on Windows 10 it is not. Regardless of the reasons that prompted Microsoft to make this choice, it is clear that in order to create Windows 10 restore point you must first enable this function. To find out how, both to activate the functionality in question and to create a restore point, I suggest you continue reading. In the following lines we will in fact deal with the issue in an extremely detailed way. It’s not difficult and you don’t need special skills, I can assure you. Just have a few minutes of free time and a minimum of patience. I wish you, as usual, a good read.

Activate the function

How to create Windows 10 restore point

As mentioned also at the beginning of the guide, by default the function that allows you to create restore points on Windows 10 is disabled by default. In order to enable this feature, all you have to do is click on the Start button (there Windows flag present in the bottom left part of the taskbar), type control panel in the search field that appears and click on the relevant result listed.

In the window of Control panel which at this point will open on the desktop, click on System and security (if you can’t see this item make sure that in the menu View by: in the top right corner the item is selected Category) then click on System and then select the wording Advanced system settings present on the left.

At this point, click on the tab System protection, select the system disk (it is the one with the item next to it (System)) from the section you find at the wording Security settings, click on the button Configure … and then choose the option Enable system protection then confirm the changes made by clicking on the button first apply and then on OK. Done!

Create and manage recovery points

How to create Windows 10 restore point

Once the function is enabled, you can finally take advantage of the function through which you can create and take advantage of the recovery points. Usually, restore points are created automatically by Windows 10 when you install new software or a new driver on your computer, but in some cases it can be useful to create them manually. How? I’ll explain it to you immediately.

To begin with, go to the main screen of Control panel, select the item System and security, click on System and then on System protection.

Now, click on the button Create … attached to the new window that went to open on the desktop, type a name to mark the restore point you are about to create and press the button Create.

Once this was done, I would wait a few moments for the recovery point to be created. When the procedure is complete, you will see a special warning appear on the screen. So click on Close to close the window that has opened, it warns you of the completion of the procedure.

If you need, you can obviously manage the recovery points created and the space that Windows 10 grants them on the hard disk. How you do it? Very easy. After clicking on the item System protection, click on the button Configure … then presses the button Delete to delete all the recovery points created so far for the current drive.

If instead you want to manage the space allowed for the creation of recovery points, move the cursor that you find in the section I use disk space always in the same window. Based on what your needs are, you can change the maximum amount of disk space used for system protection. Once the available space is used up, the oldest recovery points will be automatically deleted to allow space for the most recent ones.

However, keep in mind that the maximum storage space to devote to system recovery depends on the size of the disk in use. Usually we use a value between 5GB and 10GB.

Restore the system

How to create Windows 10 restore point

Once you have created one or more restore points on Windows 10 you can use them at any time to restore the system to a previous condition. You ask me how? Nothing could be simpler!

All you have to do is click on the Start button, to type restoration in the search field you see appear and click on the item Restoration from the list that is shown to you. In the window that will subsequently open on the desktop click on Open System Restore and click on Forward.

Now, indicate the date to which the system status should be reported and start the recovery procedure by pressing first on Forward and then on end then confirm the execution of the operation by clicking on Yes in response to the notice that you will see appear on the screen. Keep in mind that the recovery of settings, drivers and programs may take several minutes. Generally the more you go back with the date (therefore the greater the changes to be made to the system) and the more time it takes for the procedure to be completed.

To find out which applications and which drivers will be removed following the use of a certain restore point, select the latter in the Windows restore utility and click on the button Search for affected programs you see at the bottom right.

If the list of available recovery points does not appear but the option is automatically selected Recommended restore (through which you can return Windows 10 to the state immediately preceding the current one), tick the item Please choose a different restore point and click the button Forward to access the list of all available recovery points.

If, on the other hand, you can only view the most recent restore points but you want to restore your PC with Windows 10 installed to a previous condition, to also view the older ones you must put the check mark next to the item Show additional restore points.

Alternative solutions

How to create Windows 10 restore point

As anticipated at the beginning, on Windows 10 the function that allows you to restore the system configuration is disabled by default. Although Microsoft has not provided official explanations in this regard, most likely this choice is attributable to the introduction of new new features through which it is possible to restore the system in an equally simple and fast way although in a different way. To be precise, I refer to the function File history, which allows you to recover accidentally deleted files so as not to lose them again (provided that you have two hard drives connected to your computer), and the functionality of OS recovery attached to the system settings, through which it is possible to completely format the computer and restore it, while leaving all the documents unchanged.

To take advantage of the File History feature, you need to go to the Start menu, to type file history, click on the relevant result attached to the list that is shown to you and then click on the link Configure file history settings in the window you see appear on the desktop. Then presses on the button Enable and that’s it.

Then you can recover your files by typing restore files with file history in Start menu, selecting the corresponding result and then choosing the files to be worked on from the displayed screen.

As for the function that allows you to restore the entire system, you can access it by clicking on the icon Settings (there gear wheel) attached to Start menu, then clicking on Update and security in the window that opened and then on the wording Restoration located on the left side. Find the entry now Reset your PC and click the button To start which is in its correspondence.

At this point, select the option Keep my files if you want to restore the operating system by removing the apps and settings but keeping your personal files, or the option Remove everything to remove all personal files, apps and settings. Then follow the simple wizard that is offered on the screen to confirm and start the execution of the operation.

Finally, I would like to point out that in the most desperate cases, i.e. when neither the function used to restore Windows 10 to a previous state, nor the function used to intervene on the individual files and not even the one through which it is possible to restore the system should prove particularly effective, you can resort to using the tool Media Creation Tool, made available by Microsoft itself, and make the formatting of the operating system.

In case you are not aware of it, Using Creation Tool is a small free “Redmond home” program through which you can download any version of Windows 10, install it on your PC, copy it onto a stick or save it as an ISO image . For more information about it and to find out how to proceed in order to format the PC with Windows 10 installed using this tool I suggest you read my article on how to format windows 10 in which I proceeded to speak to you in an extremely detailed way about the matter.