This internal Windows function, which has existed since the days of XP and can still be used in Windows 10, is a bit of a time machine that allows you to reload the saved configuration a few days ago, to cancel the changes and installations made and, therefore, to return the PC to the previous operation any problem.READ ALSO: How to use system recovery
First of all, before using the Windows 10 system restore (and Windows 7), you need to check if the automatic recovery of the recovery points is enabled. To do this, open the Start menu and then search for the Control panel. In the Control panel, change the view from Category to big icons and then, in the list of all elements of the Control Panel, look for the icon Restoration.
In the following tab, click on Configure system recovery. At this point, select each disk that is listed in the list of available units, below the tab System protection, and press the Configure button to select the option Enable system protection. Below you can then choose how much disk space to dedicate in percentage terms. The more space you dedicate to system restore, the more recovery points can be created automatically to have more chances of recovering the PC’s functionality. From the same screen, you can press the button Create to create a restore point manually and immediately.
To check the recovery points created by the system, go back to the Control Panel Restore tab and click Open System Restore. Go ahead to the first screen and see the list of restore points created, the cause that led to their creation and the date. This function is a bit like a Time Machine, which brings the PC back to the situation a few days before, canceling any changes made in the following days. With this option, the data that have been stored and the programs installed in the period elapsed between the current date and the selected recovery point are deleted.
When there are problems on the computer, but it starts anyway and you can open this system restore screen, you can then choose to load the recovery point closest to the current date when the computer was definitely working. The recovery will begin loading by restarting the computer.
If the PC does not start and the desktop is not loaded, it is still possible to load a previous restore point by starting the computer in safe mode with command prompt. To start the system restore from the command prompt you need to run the command rstrui.exe.
If the PC no longer boots, you can restore the system configuration using the relevant option in the Windows 10 recovery console, as explained in a dedicated guide.
Recall that in Windows 10 the system restore is disabled by default and you must always remember to activate the restore points.
In Windows 10, moreover, there are other ways to recover the PC if it does not work, thanks to the Reset PC function that does Windows 10 reset without deleting the data.
in another article, we have also seen how to restore or save data if Windows 8 does not start.
In the margins of this guide, we must point out how, many times, restoring the system configuration is impossible and the process ends with an error message saying that everything is as it is, without any modification. Viruses and malware may be responsible for this error but there may also be the possibility that the disk space is missing to save the situation or that some system files or registry keys are missing or malfunctioning.
I believe that System Restore is still, even today, the first solution to try when the PC has sudden problems that weren’t there yesterday, especially to resolve Windows errors whose cause is ignored.
In case there is nothing to do, we have seen several guides to restore the PC when it is not working:
– If Windows does not start and does not start, how to save everything and reinstall
– If Windows 10 does not work or does not respond, how to solve
– Factory reset on PCs and laptops (Acer, Asus, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, etc.).