Troubleshooting System Restore (Windows 10) 2020


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The term “System Restore” means: returning the computer to an earlier time when there were no problems. Windows System Restore takes a kind of photo of the state of the computer at certain times. We call this a recovery point. The programs and settings of the computer are recorded. With computer problems, you can return to a previously taken snapshot. So to the settings and programs from then. Problems that have arisen in the meantime can be eliminated.

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When do you use System Restore?

System recovery is a horse remedy. It is always best to first look for other solutions that are less invasive. Do you think the PC is infected with a virus? Then let the virus scanner make a full scan of the computer and remove the found culprit. The problems may then be over. Is the computer very slow after you have installed a new app? Then uninstall the app via the Settings. There is a ‘but’ to System Restore. It is a registration of a moment. Apps that have been installed since the restore point are not listed there. You must download it again after System Restore. Documents, e-mail messages, and photos are generally unaffected and are retained. If you have accidentally discarded a document, it makes no sense to perform a system recovery. For this, it is advisable to always have the documents backed up on another medium, such as an external hard drive or USB stick.

Operation Check system recovery

Most computers automatically create restore points, to which the computer can possibly be restored. But it’s good to know if System Restore actually works correctly and is enabled on the computer. If this is not the case, simply switch on the function. Be careful to follow the steps below. There is also a System Restore feature within the Windows 10 Settings window, but it works differently and is not covered in this article.

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Open the Control Panel. To do this, click on the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the screen.

Type “Control Panel.”

Click on the Desktop App Control Panel.

Click on System and security (if you do not see this, first click on View in the top right by Category ).

Click System > Advanced system settings > System Security tab.

Your hard drives are listed under the ‘Available drives’ heading. Behind the hard drive, it says ‘switched on or off’. “Enabled” means that System Restore is active. You don’t have to do anything else. If it is not active, this is indicated by ‘Disabled’. In this case, click on the disc.

Click on the Configure button.

Under ‘Reset settings’, select Enable system protection.

Move the slider under ‘Disk space usage’ to 10 percent.

Click Apply > OK > OK.

Create a manual restore point

System recovery is now active and creates a restore point for important computer changes. But to make sure you have a recent restore point, you can create a restore point manually before making major changes. Open the Control Panel. To do this, click on the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the screen.

Type “Control Panel.”

Click on Desktop App in Control Panel.

Click on System and security (if you do not see this, first click on View in the top right by Category ).

Click System > Advanced system settings > System Security tab.

Click the Create button.

Type a name for your restore point in the entry field, for example ‘Install new virus scanner’. Choose a good description so that you can easily find the correct recovery point during any recovery process. Click Create.

Reset system restore point

Does your PC not start up properly anymore? Then you must restore it in another way. Read more about it on the Microsoft site. Does the PC still startup, but suddenly everything is wrong with it? Then use System Restore: Open the Control Panel. To do this, click on the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the screen.

Type “Control Panel.”

Click on the Desktop App Control Panel.

Click on System and security (if you do not see this, first click on View in the top right by Category ).

Click System > Advanced system settings > System Security tab.

Click System Restore.

If necessary, click Next and Show more restore points.

Windows show the latest system restore points. The date/time and description are given at each recovery point. Click on the restore point that you want to restore.

Click Search for programs that are affected.

Windows indicates the consequences for your files if you restore the chosen restore point. Read this screen carefully. Click on Close.

Are you sure you want to restore the restore point? Then click Next.

Click on Finish.

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