System Restore: May rescue you one day…

System restore may rescue you one day…as it is built into windows and could help if you face issues with the operating system or a device becoming corrupted.

Windows 10 has it disabled by default as there are several other methods you can recover with. Along with the fact it can take up quite a lot of disk space and Microsoft have smaller, faster solid state drives in a lot of Windows 10 machines in line with their competitors.

Where hard drive space is at a premium ensure you check there is sufficient space as shown on the screens below. If system restore has not been enabled already, unfortunately it will not help you now.

To open this on each O/S please see the instructions below
  • Windows 10 – Search for system restore in the search box & select create a restore point from the list of results. When the System Properties dialog box appears, click the System Protection tab and then click the Configure button.
  • Windows 8 – Open the Start screen & type “recovery”. Select “Recovery” from the list of search results. This will open the Recovery window. Then click “Open System Restore” link.
  • Windows 7/Vista – Click Start & type “restore” in the Search box. Select “System Restore” from the top of the search results list.
  • Windows XP – if you are still using this then you really need to upgrade as your systems. Microsoft no longer release security patches and these systems are at the highest risk of malware etc because of this.


You should then see this screen where you can turn on System Protection and the amount of disk space you wish to allocate towards it.

A reasonable amount would be to allow between 10-15% of the hard drive for the restore points.

Now that you have enabled this you know your PC will be easily recoverable in the event of an issue with software or device driver updates.

Start the restore process from the same “System Protection” tab where you configure System Restore options as shown above.

This screen just informs you what will happen in the process so click next and move to the next step

Now select the restore point you want.


Usually the most recent working restore point is the best choice. You can detect any programs that may be uninstalled during the process by clicking “Scan for affected programs”

The final screen is to confirm your point on the System restore window below – hit finish and await the result.

Once completed the process will usually resolve the issues you were facing.
If the process fails, you can try to restore to an even earlier point.
Beyond this it may be time to look at more drastic action like reinstalling windows. This can be time consuming, including backing up your data.
At this point it is best to speak with your I.T support provider.

System restore completed successfully

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