How To Backup Your System Using Windows System Restore – Step by Step Guide

After several years of using a computer, at some point, you will start to wonder why your PC has started functioning oddly.

It may be in the form of random freezing, and system crashes, maybe the computer won’t boot, low framerates in games, or sometimes, the game won’t even start at all.

artwork of a man looking annoyed with his laptop

These kinds of issues bug many users, especially beginners who have inadequate knowledge when it comes to PC troubleshooting.

They will end up browsing Google, trying to look for solutions, that most of the time won’t even work.

The reason why solutions found on the Internet will sometimes not work is that most of these solutions are intended for specific problems.

As the saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure.” This also applies to computers.

So to save you all lots of trouble in the future, let us try to prevent these kinds of problems before they even occur.

a woman showing frustration due to a slow laptop

Most of the time, the reason why desktops or laptops suffer from different issues is because of updates and recent installations. Sometimes it’s because of new updates that are still buggy, or because of new updates that are not fully compatible with your current system.

In this article, you will learn how to back up your system using System Restore.

What is System Restore?

System Restore is a useful feature found in Windows that has been around for ages. It was available in older versions, such as, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and obviously Windows 10.

The functionality of System Restore has been pretty much the same since it was released. The purpose of System Restore is it will let you restore or rollback your PC to its previous working state.

This means that if you encounter any issues in your PC after installing a problem program or update, it will give you an option to rollback to its original working state.

This feature is very handy, especially when installing Windows Updates and new drivers.

How Does System Restore Work?

First of all, you can’t just roll back your PC to its previous state magically. After all, a computer will work based on the set of instructions given by its user. System Restore will only work if you were able to create a Restore Point before installing new updates or drivers or even applications.

The good thing about System Restore is that it will not affect your personal files such as images, documents, and videos. It will only erase the applications and updates that have been installed since you created a Restore Point.

What is a Restore Point?

A Restore Point is a part of the System Restore feature in which it refers to a point of your operating system that has been saved in your hard drive.

By using the System Restore function, you can go back to this state anytime you want. All the applications and drivers that have been installed prior to creating a Restore Point will remain in your PC after executing System Restore.

How To Use System Restore – Step by Step Guide

Performing System Restore does not require in-depth knowledge about your operating system. Just follow these easy steps, and you should be able to perform System Restore easily.

Firstly we will go through the steps on how to create our restore point. Note this guide was created on a Windows 10 system.

1 . Creating a Restore Point

  1. To perform System Restore, we must first create our Restore Point. To do this, you must go to system properties by opening file explorer, right-clicking on This PC, and select Properties. (see screenshot below)
    the properties button to open
  2. In the System window, select System Protection and the popup System Properties window should appear (both seen below).

Windows 10 system properties window also showing the system protection button to select

 

the configure button to select

  1. To create a Restore Point, system protection settings must be turned on first. You can do this by selecting which drive you would want to restore. It is recommended to choose the system drive since this is where the operating system and drivers are installed. In my case, it is Drive (C:) (see above).
  2. Next, click on Configure > check the Turn on system protection option under the Restore Settings. Click Apply and then OK.
    turn on system protection button
  3. Now that we have the system protection turned on, you may now click on the Create.
    the create button to select on the system properties window
  4. Add something in the System Protection textbox to help you identify it as you may create multiple Restore Points in the future and then click Create.
    System protection window asking for a restore point tag
  5. Now just wait for it to finish. It should not take too long.
    showing the system restore point running
  6. After creating a restore point, the following message will appear. Just click on Close.
    the system restore point has been created

2. Performing System Restore

Now that we have our restore point set up, all we have to do now is to execute a system restore to rollback our operating to its previous state. Below is a step by step guide how.

  1. To begin with, open file explorer then right-click on this PC, select properties.the properties button to open
  2. Then click the System Protection field and then select System Restore as seen below.
    system restore button to select
  3. Click on Next on the following window.
    the next button to click on
  4. Select your desired Restore Point, and click Next.

system restore point selection

  1. A System Restore confirmation window will appear, once done. Click Finish.

Restore confirm button

During this stage, your computer will restart automatically as part of the restore process. Take note that this might take a while depending on your system.

Once the process is finished, your PC should now be back to its previous state, where you created the system restore point originally.

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