How to Create and Use System Restore on Windows 11/10?

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System Restore feature of Windows 11/10 works like a time machine. It allows you to undo system changes when you encounter issues after a Windows update or due to some software. The System Restore creates a snapshot of your device on a specific date and time that helps you restore your Windows operating system to a previous working state. If your Windows crashes after installing an update, driver, or app or after modifying system settings incorrectly using the Registry or another tool, you can quickly restore your machine to the previously saved time and date to fix the problem without losing your essential files.

Although System Restore is handy, it remains disabled by default, which means you’ll need to enable it before you or Windows 11/10 can create restore points.

In this growupwindows article, we will guide you with the following:-

  1. Enable the System Restore Point
  2. Create a System Restore point manually
  3. Recover Windows 11/10 using System Restore

How to Enable System Restore Point on Windows 11/10?

To enable or turn on System Restore Point on Windows 11/10, do the following:-

Step 1. First, click on the Start menu/button and type Create a restore point.

Step 2. Click on the Create a restore point control panel item from the search results to open System Properties.

Step 3. Then, select the System Protection tab.

Step 4. Under the “System Protection” section, select the primary “System” drive and click the Configure button.

Step 5. After that, select the Turn on system protection option.

Step 6. Finally, click on Apply and then the OK button.

Quick Tips: Windows 11/10 can automatically manage the space; however, if you need, under the “Disk Space Usage” section, use the slider to specify the maximum storage capacity to reserve for System Restore.

After completing the above steps, Windows 11/10 will automatically start making a restore point when a new update or specific system changes are made.

Note: System Restore feature is only available for system drives (on which drive your OS is installed).

How to Create a System Restore Point Manually on Windows 11/10?

To create a system restore point manually on your Windows 11/10 PC, do the following:-

Step 1. First, click the Start icon on the taskbar and then type Create a restore point,

Step 2. In the available search results, click on the Create a restore point control panel item to open System Properties.

Step 3. Click the Create button under the “System Protection” tab.

Step 4. Type a descriptive name when prompted.

Step 5. After entering the system restore point name, hit the Create button.

Step 6. It will start creating a system restore point.

Step 7. After a few minutes, you should receive a message, “The restore point was created successfully.”

Now, you can close the system protection window.

How to Recover Windows 11/10 using System Restore?

Once you are in trouble after making system changes, you can undo the changes using a previously created restore point without troubleshooting the problem. You can restore your Windows 11/10 by accessing the desktop or even if your computer won’t boot accurately.

Undo system changes using desktop

If you have still access to the desktop, you can revert system changes using a restore point:-

Step 1. Open the Start menu and search for Create a restore point.

Step 2. Click on the Create a restore point control panel item from the results to open System Properties.

Step 3. Under System Protection, click on the System Restore button.

Step 4. When the System Restore window opens, click on the Next button.

Step 5. Select the restore point that you want to use on your computer.

Step 6. Click Scan for affected programs. It will show the apps list that will no longer be available after system restoration because it was added after creating the system restore point.

Step 7. It will start scanning affected apps.

Step 8. It will list the affected apps and drivers, which will not be available after Windows restore.

Step 9. Once you see the list of apps/drivers which will not be available after system restore, note down and click the Close button.

Step 10. Then, click the Next button to continue restoring the system.

Step 11. Once you have completed the above steps, click on the Finish button.

Now, the System Restore feature will return your computer to the previous working state.

Undo system changes using Advanced startup

If your Windows 11/10 doesn’t boot up, it will automatically repair it. Even you can launch an Advanced startup manually to access System Restore. For that, do the following:-

Step 1. Turn on the PC.

Step 2. As soon as the Windows logo appears on the screen, interrupt the boot by pressing the PC’s power button.

Step 3. Repeat the steps from 1 to 2 until the device boots into the recovery.

Step 4. Click the Advanced options button.

Step 5. Click Troubleshoot.

Step 6. Click Advanced options.

Step 7. Click System Restore.

Step 8. When the System Restore window appears on the screen, click the Next button.

Step 9. Select the restore point that you want to use on your computer.

Step 10. Click Scan for affected programs if you want to see the list of apps/drivers that will not be available after restoration.

Step 11. It will start scanning affected apps.

Step 12. You will get a list of affected apps and drivers, which will not be available after Windows restore.

Step 13. Once you have seen the list of apps/drivers that will not be available after system restore, note down and click the Close button.

Step 14. Click on the Next button to continue restoring the system.

Step 15. Click on the Finish button.

Now, the System Restore feature will return your computer to the previous working state, and you can boot it normally.

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