How to Complete a System Restore in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 & 10
System Restore is a built-in Windows feature that allows you to roll back your computer’s previous good state to a previous point in time.
The system restore points has the option to be automatically or manually set. This feature is very helpful whenever you want to roll back major changes made to the system.
Enable A Complete System Restore in Windows
System Restore points can be created manually but are also automatically created in the event of any supported major changes to system configurations or while installing programs or Windows updates.
If you have multiple restoration points, you can pick and choose the one that suits your current situation.
Before you do a system restore, why not first check your drivers and whether you might need a driver update instead.
Please Note: System Restore differs between Windows versions
- Windows 10 System Restore Point
- Windows 8
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
1. Open System Restore
You need to configure a System Restore starting point. Start off by searching for the system restore in the Windows 10 Search box and select create a restore point from the list of results.
Once the System Properties dialog box appears, click on the System Protection tab and then click the Configure button.
2. Enable System Restore
Make sure Turn on system protection is enabled
Use the Max Usage slider to determine how much of your hard drive to use to store Restore Points (use anything between 5% to 10% which usually sufficient) and click OK.
Before you start messing with any system settings, return to this dialog box and click the Create… button.
This is if you’d like to create a restore Point manually, otherwise Windows 10 system restore will create it automatically.
3. Restore Your PC
If you want to return to a Restore Point, open the System Properties dialog box again (see Step 1), click the System Protection tab again and then click the System Restore… button.
Follow the instructions that will appear on-screen and select the desired Restore Point when prompted.
There’s another option where you can click the Scan for affected programs button before going on, this is to see what might change on your PC after you do a System Restore.
When you are satisfied with the results, click Next.
If the system restore didn’t work, it could be that you might just really need a driver update.