How to Enable and Use System Restore on Windows 11 or 10?

We all know about Time Machine. Similar in functionality, Windows 11 and 10 offer a feature known as System Restore. It also works like a time machine and enables you to undo system changes that may be causing problems. Microsoft has designed System Restore to create a snapshot of your device on a specific date and time so that you can restore your Windows operating system to a previous working state. If you have messed up with the settings, 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 to previous saved time and date to fix the problem without losing your important files and folders.

Although System Restore is a handy troubleshooting tool on a Windows 11/10, this function remains turned off by default. This means you’ll need to turn it on before you or Windows 11/10 can create restore points.

In this post, we will guide you on the following topics:-

  1. Enabling a System Restore Point,
  2. Creating a System Restore point manually, and
  3. Recovering Windows 11/10 using System Restore.

How to Turn On System Restore Point on Windows 11/10?

To enable or turn on the system restore point on your Windows 11 or 10 PC, do the following:-

Step 1. Open theStart menu by pressing Windows key and type in Create a restore point.

Step 2. Click on the Create a restore point app. This will open the System Properties window.

Step 3. After that, select the System Protection tab.

Step 4. Next, under the “System Protection” section, select the “Primary System Drive” and hit the Configure button.

Step 5. Click the Turn on system protection option on the following screen.

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

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

After you complete the above steps, Windows 11/10 will automatically create a restore point when a new update or specific system changes are made.
Note: System Restore 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, use the following steps:-

Step 1. Hit Windows key on the keyboard and type Create a restore point.

Step 2. In the search results, click the Create a restore point app to open the System Properties window.

Step 3. Under the “System Protection” tab, click the Create button.

Step 4. Type a descriptive name when prompted.

Step 5. Once you have entered the system restore point name, click the Create button again.

Step 6. Now Windows will create a system restore point.

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

Step 8. Now, you can close the System Protection window.

How to Recover Windows 11/10 using System Restore?

In bad condition, when you are in trouble and unable to troubleshoot or boot into your PC, you can restore your Windows 11 or 10 computer to a previous working state.

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 type Create a restore point.

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

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

Step 4. Then, click on the Next button.

Step 5. Select a restore point that you want to use on your computer in the next window.

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

Step 7. Once done, it will start scanning affected apps.

Step 8. You will see a list of the affected apps and drivers, which will not be available after Windows restore.

Step 9. Note down the list of affected programs and click the Close button.

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

Step 11. Finally, click the Finish button.

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

Undo system changes using Advanced startup

If Windows 11/10 does not boot up correctly, it automatically repairs it. If you are still facing issues, you can launch an Advanced Startup manually to access System Restore.
Step 1. Turn on your computer or laptop.

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

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

Step 4. Then, click the Advanced options button.

Step 5. Select Troubleshoot option.

Step 6. Click Advanced options.

Step 7. Choose System Restore.

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

Step 9. Select a restore point that you want to apply 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 affected apps/drivers which will not be available after system restore, note down and click the Close button.

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

Step 15. Click the Finish button.

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

That’s it.

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