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. I personally use System Restore at least once a year after installing something that goes sideways.
Windows 10 System Restore
In 2020, the easiest way to get to the System Restore / System Protection section is by simply pressing the Windows Key and searching for: restore point. Click Create a restore point when it comes up in the search results.
Once the menu for the System Properties > System Protection menu opens, Click the drive with your System portion (normally C:) and Click 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 it’s 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).