Windows 10 has a lot of new features, but many of the old tried and true system tools still exist. System Restore is one that is still here – and an important one to have if something goes awry with your system and you need to get it working again.
Windows 10 System Restore
Now, you could get to System Restore (System Protection) section the usual way by opening Control Panel with your mouse or keyboard or have Cortana do it for you. Hey, why not start using the cool features in Windows 10?
Launch Cortana and say: “Hey Cortana. Open Control Panel,” and it will respond, and you should see something similar to the screenshot below.
Control Panel will open and from there select Recovery.
In the next screen select Configure System Restore.
Or, if you just want to get right to it, type: restore point into the search field and hit Enter.
Whatever route you go, it will bring you to System Protection. Click the Configure button.
Next, you may need to turn on the System Restore utility. It’s usually turned off by default on a computer with Windows pre-installed; in that case, the vendor used its own version of backup software.
From here you can also manage the amount of space it uses. If you have a smaller drive, you might want to turn it down a bit.
Now that you have everything set up click the Create button and follow the onscreen wizard to create a restore point.
The process is the same as it was in Windows 7; you can see a video of how its done here.
Microsoft is running Windows 10 as a service, and you will be required to install all Windows Updates. It will do this automatically behind the scenes. An update could cause a problem with your hardware drivers, or conflict with software and make Windows 10 crash.
So, at the very least, make sure to enable System Restore, and Windows will automatically create a restore point before installing the updates. Then you will be able to easily recover your system to a point where it worked before the update caused problems.
Also, Microsoft released a utility to hide updates, so they don’t automatically install. For more on that, read our article: Block Automatic Windows 10 Updates and Driver Updates (KB3073930).