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    System Restore Windows 10

    How to Do a System Restore of Windows 10
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    16 Mar 2017
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    How to Do a System Restore of Windows 10

    information   Information
    If you're having problems with Windows 10 on your PC, you can try to refresh, reset, or restore it.

    System Restore is a way to undo system changes by using restore points to return your system files and settings to an earlier point in time without affecting personal files of users. System Restore uses a feature called system protection that regularly creates and saves information about your PC's drivers, programs, registry, system files, and settings as restore points.

    If you are having recent problems with Windows 10, then you could do a System Restore to restore Windows back to an earlier point in time, called a restore point.

    This tutorial will show you how to do a System Restore to restore your Windows 10 back to an earlier point in time.

    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to perform a System Restore.


    When you do a System Restore, system protection will automatically create a restore point before proceeding, so you can undo the changes made by the System Restore if needed.

    If you have Windows booted in Safe Mode, then a restore point will not be created before the System Restore proceeds. In this situation, you will not be able to undo the System Restore.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Do a System Restore of Windows 10 at Boot
    • Option Two: To Do a System Restore of Windows 10 in Windows 10






    System Restore Windows 10 OPTION ONE System Restore Windows 10
    To Do a System Restore of Windows 10 at Boot

    1. Boot to advanced startup options.

    2. Click/tap on Troubleshoot. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Advanced options. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on System Restore. (see screenshot below)

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    5. If prompted, click/tap on an administrator account you want to provide credentials for. (see screenshot below)

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    A) Enter the password for this administrator account, and click/tap on Continue. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If this is your first time doing a System Restore, click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    7. If you had previously done a System Restore, select (dot) Choose a different restore point, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    8. Select a restore point (ex: "System restore test") that you would like to restore Windows back to, and click/tap on the Scan for affected programs button. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If displayed, check the Show other restore points box at the bottom left corner to be able to see any older restore points (if available) that are not listed.


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    9. Review what will be affected by using the selected restore point. When finished, click/tap on Close. (see screenshots below)

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    10. When you are ready to do a System Restore with a selected restore point, click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below step 8)

    11. Click/tap on Finish to begin the System Restore. (see screenshot below)

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    12. Click/tap on Yes to confirm. This is your last chance to cancel the System Restore. (see screenshot below)

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    13. Your PC will now restart and perform a System Restore. (see screenshots below)

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    14. When the System Restore has completed successfully, click/tap on Restart. (see screenshot below)

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    15. When you have signed back in to your desktop, click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

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    System Restore Windows 10 OPTION TWO System Restore Windows 10
    To Do a System Restore of Windows 10 in Windows 10

    Note   Note
    This option will not be available in Safe mode.


    1. Do step 2, step 3, step 4, or step 5 below for how you would like to open System Restore.

    2. Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, click/tap on System, click/tap on the System info link towards the bottom on the right side, and go to step 6 below.

    3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the System icon, and go to step 6 below.

    4. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Recovery icon, click/tap on the Open System Restore link, click/tap on Yes if prompted by UAC, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Recovery icon, click/tap on the Configure System Restore link, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Click/tap on the System protection link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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    7. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    8. Click/tap on the System Restore button.. (see screenshot below)

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    9. If this is your first time doing a System Restore, click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    10. If you had previously done a System Restore, select (dot) Choose a different restore point, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    11. Select a restore point (ex: "System restore test") that you would like to restore Windows back to, and click/tap on the Scan for affected programs button. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If displayed, check the Show other restore points box at the bottom left corner to be able to see any older restore points (if available) that are not listed.


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    12. Review what will be affected by using the selected restore point. When finished, click/tap on Close. (see screenshots below)

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    13. When you are ready to do a System Restore with a selected restore point, click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below step 11)

    14. Click/tap on Finish to begin the System Restore. (see screenshot below)

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    15. Click/tap on Yes to confirm. This is your last chance to cancel the System Restore. (see screenshot below)

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    16. Your PC will now restart and perform a System Restore. (see screenshots below)

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    17. When the System Restore has completed successfully and you have signed back in to your desktop, click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 24,163
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       11 Mar 2015 #1

    restore problems


    Brink,

    If this is not the right place to post, please move...

    I have had consistent problems with doing a restore from a restore point, starting back with 1st build 9841. No problem creating one. I've tried both from boot and inline. I've probably done 100's of these on Win 7 and a few on Win 8.1, but 10tp causes issues. I think I may have had 1 go right since TP started. Scenario is usually about 2 mins into restore, I get an error that the restore point is damaged or otherwise unusable. Sometimes it will complete successfully, but weird issues after restart. Just this morning, to test, I created one, made a few changes to system settings (put cortana back on taskbar), installed some innocuous program, changed by wallpaper. Ran for a while, about 30 mins. Then, thru the system protection UI, same place I created it, I fired up restore and let it go to completion and restart. Thought all looked ok. My changes were restored back, the app I installed was gone, BUT.... so was the START MENU! Gone! No click on start button, no win key, nothing! I had to re-image from backup.

    I have no problems doing a re-imaging from backup VHDs. Just these restore points 99.9% of the time fail or restore strangely. I get no errors when I create them.

    I'm lost...
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 22,237
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       11 Mar 2015 #2

    Hey Dick,

    So far System Restore has worked well for me on my build 9926 installation.

    If you haven't already, you might consider either to refresh or reset Windows 10 to see how it performs afterwards.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 8,643
    Windows 10 Professional
       11 Mar 2015 #3

    Hey Shawn, how did you get a couple classic windows in there? (Option One, Steps 13 and 14)
    All the rest are Metro windows!?
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 22,237
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       11 Mar 2015 #4

    Hey Edwin,

    That's just what it had when I was doing a System Restore in a VM to get the screenshots. I was shocked that they were classic at boot at well, but were modern when starting in from within Windows 10. It may all be modern by the time it's RTM though.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 336
    Win 7 Pro/32, Win 10 Pro/64/32
       13 Mar 2015 #5

    One thing I have found though, that might also pertain to another thread about Restore Points not working.....

    I can never do a System Restore with my AVG Anti-Virus program running. It's very easy to disable though....
    just a quick right click on the system tray icon, gives me a little menu, where I can temporarily disable AVG, and then I can do a System Restore without any problem.

    Some other programs that can screw up a System Restore, may not be so easily disabled.

    Just a thought!

      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 22,237
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       13 Mar 2015 #6

    Thank you Wayne for posting back with your findings. It'll sure to help others using AVG.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 8,643
    Windows 10 Professional
       13 Mar 2015 #7

    I have not been successful restoring from a Restore Point without numerous glitches setting in. I've tried maybe 5 or 6.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  8.    11 Aug 2015 #8

    very useful guide..many thanks Shawn.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    15 Aug 2015 #9

    Thanx for this tutorial...have done system restore twice, worked like a charm. Perhaps I should curb my "let's run this up the flag pole and see how it flies" attitude and just wait.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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