If you have set up Windows 10 on a new machine or upgraded to the new operating system from a previous one, or upgraded to a new version of Windows 10 from an older version, you may be surprised that one of the system's core restoration features, System Restore, may not be running.
System Restore is a handy feature that creates snapshots of certain files and information before critical operations such as updates or software installations takes place.
This enables users of the system to go back to a previous state if things went wrong along the way.
With System Restore disabled on at least some machines, it falls to the user to make sure backups are created regularly so that the system can be restored if the need arises.
If you run Windows 10, you should check the System Restore preference to find out whether it is enabled or not.
The system protection tab provides you with options to create a restore point, and to restore a data point that was created earlier.
This may be handy to know as you may sometimes need to restore points manually.
The creation of new System Restore points is relatively simple. Windows 10 creates new System Restore points automatically as well, e.g. when updates get installed, but you may have the need to create them manually as well at times.
System Restore is not a catch-all solution on the other hand. While it works well usually when it comes to updates or software installations, it may not work at all if other changes are made to the system, for instance by malicious software or data corruption.
System Restore does not replace proper data backup. Check out our free drive backup guide if you need help finding a solution.
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