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This how-to guide will help you to turn on System Protection, so that you can configure and use System Restore in Windows 10 to restore it to earlier state.

System Restore aka last known good configuration has played crucial role in troubleshooting Windows related issues on various editions. Basically, when a system restore point is created, system saves the image of Windows OS at the moment and when you try to restore, the image is restored actually.

In our articles, sometimes we have to follow the registry manipulation. Since serious issues may occur if we make mistakes in registry, hence we always recommend users to create system restore point before modifying registry. This recovery feature is most helpful when you’re going to install third-party software on your system, so that if something goes wrong, restore may help. However, Windows automatically create System Restore point, time-to-time, provided if System Protection is on your system.

How To Configure And Use System Restore In Windows 10

In this article, we’ll see how to turn on the System Protection so that Windows create system restore points automatically at crucial changes to machine. Also we tell you how to configure and System Restore on your Windows 10. So let’s start…

CONFIGURING SYSTEM RESTORE

1. Press W8K + R and type rstrui in the Run dialog box, click OK or press Enter key.

[How To] Configure And Use System Restore In Windows 10

2. In the System Restore window open next, you’ll see the message that No restore points have been created on your computer’s system drive. To create a restore point open System Protection. Hence click on system protection link there.

See this if System Restore is disabled by your system administrator.

[How To] Configure And Use System Restore In Windows 10

3. Now in the System Properties window, select your system root drive under Protection Settings heading. Then click on Configure button. Please note that atm the System Restore and Create button here are greyed out.

[How To] Configure And Use System Restore In Windows 10

4. In the System Protection window for selected drive, select Turn on System Protection option. Click Apply followed by OK.

[How To] Configure And Use System Restore In Windows 10

In this way, we have configured System Protection which in turn let system to create restore points automatically. You’ll observe that the greyed buttons in window shown in step 3 also becomes active. Now let’s see how to create a restore point manually.

Read : Windows not creating System Restore point automatically.

CREATING A SYSTEM RESTORE POINT

5. Click on the Create button in System Properties window shown in step 3. Then give a name to the restore point which you’re creating now and click Create. We recommend you to use such name, we will help you to easily recognize the restore point later.

[How To] Configure And Use System Restore In Windows 10

6. In few moments, you’ll receive The restore point was created successfully message. Click Close.

[How To] Configure And Use System Restore In Windows 10

RESTORING TO A SYSTEM RESTORE POINT

7. Click on the Create button in System Properties window shown in step 3. Then in the System Restore window shown below, click Next. Notice that it’s the same window, we got in step 2, but now there is no error message as we created a restore point.

[How To] Configure And Use System Restore In Windows 10

8. Moving on, identify the restore point which you want to reinstate and click Next. If the restore point you select here is Automatic, you can click on Scan for affected programs button to verify why Windows created that point.

[How To] Configure And Use System Restore In Windows 10

9. Next, confirm your restore point details and click Finish.

[How To] Configure And Use System Restore In Windows 10

10. Select Yes for the this warning message:

[How To] Configure And Use System Restore In Windows 10

11. You’ll now see that system prepares for restoring and then restarts itself. Past reboot, the following screen will appear to show the progress of restore operation.

Checkout this if you get System Restore did not completed successfully error.

[How To] Configure And Use System Restore In Windows 10

12. Finally, when restoration completed, you can log in to your system. This confirmation you receive shows the success of restoration. Click Close.

[How To] Configure And Use System Restore In Windows 10

Hope you find the guide useful! Now learn how to create system restore point using Desktop right click context menu.


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7 Comments

  • Many thanks for sorting what had become a headache after upgrading to windows 10

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad you find it useful!

  • Very Helpful Kapil!! Thank you. Jan 2017

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for your feedback!

  • getting the same error “the extended attributes are inconsistent” while running the rstrui through cmd.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ See if this fix helps you: https://www.kapilarya.com/fix-the-extended-attributes-are-inconsistent-error-in-windows-10

  • What if the error code 0x80004005 has occurred and no previous restore point, what do I do to operate my computer

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