One of the options for recovering Windows 10 is to use system restore points to undo recent changes to the OS, including system files and the OS registry. You can create a recovery point manually, in addition, with the appropriate settings for the system security settings.
This manual describes in detail the process of creating recovery points, the settings necessary for Windows 10 to do this automatically, as well as how to use previously made recovery points to roll back changes to drivers, registry, and system settings. At the same time I’ll tell you how to delete created recovery points. It may also come in handy: What to do if system recovery is disabled by the administrator in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7 , How to fix error 0x80070091 when using recovery points in Windows 10 .
Note: recovery points contain only information about changed system files critical for Windows 10 and registry entries, but do not represent a complete system image. If you are interested in creating such an image, there is a separate instruction on this topic - How to backup Windows 10 and recover from it .
You can find more information on OS recovery options in the article Restoring Windows 10 .
System Recovery Settings
Before you begin, you should look at the Windows 10 recovery settings. To do this, right-click on “Start”, select the “Control Panel” context menu item (View: icons), then “Recovery”.
Click on “System Restore Setup”. Another way to get to the desired window is to press the Win + R keys on the keyboard and enter systempropertiesprotection and then press Enter.
The settings window will open (tab "System Protection"). Recovery points are created for all drives for which system protection is enabled. For example, if protection is disabled for system drive C, you can enable it by selecting this drive and clicking the "Configure" button.
After that, select “Enable system protection” and specify the amount of space that you would like to allocate to create recovery points: the more space, the more points can be stored, and as the space becomes full, old recovery points will be deleted automatically.
How to create a Windows 10 recovery point
In order to create a system restore point, on the same tab “System Protection”, (which can also be accessed by right-clicking on “Start” - “System” - “System Protection”), click the “Create” button and set a name for the new points, then click "Create" again. After a while, the operation will be completed.
Now the computer contains information that will allow you to undo the last changes made to the critical system files of Windows 10 if, after installing programs, drivers or other actions, the OS began to work incorrectly.
The created recovery points are stored in the hidden system folder System Volume Information in the root of the corresponding disks or partitions, however, by default you do not have access to this folder.
How to roll back Windows 10 to a recovery point
And now about using recovery points. You can do this in several ways - in the Windows 10 interface, using the diagnostic tools in special boot options, in the recovery environment launched from a USB flash drive (if the computer does not boot) and on the command line.
The easiest way, provided that the system starts, is to go to the control panel, select the "Restore" item, and then click "Start System Restore."
The recovery wizard launches, in the first window of which you can be offered to select the recommended recovery point (created automatically), and in the second (if you select "Choose another recovery point", you can choose one of the manually created or automatically restored points. Click "Finish" and wait until the system recovery process is completed, after the computer automatically reboots you will be informed that the recovery was successful.
The second method is to use the recovery point - using special boot options, which can be accessed through Settings - Update and Recovery - Recovery or, even faster, directly from the lock screen: click on the "power" button at the bottom right, and then holding Shift, Click "Reboot."
On the special boot options screen, select “Troubleshooting” - “System Restore” (or “Diagnostics” - “Advanced Settings” - “System Restore” in earlier versions of Windows 10), then you can use the available recovery points (in the process will require you to enter the account password).
If Windows 10 does not boot, you can still use recovery points: for this you will need a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 10 (which will have to be done on another computer), or a recovery disk . When using a bootable USB flash drive, it will be enough to select the "System Restore" item on the second screen of the installation program.
As a result, you will be taken to a recovery environment, as in the previous method, and you will be able to use recovery points even on a non-starting computer.
And another way is to start a rollback to the restore point from the command line. it may come in handy if the only working option for loading Windows 10 is safe mode with command line support.
Just type rstrui.exe in the command line and press Enter to start the recovery wizard (it will start in the graphical interface).
How to remove recovery points
If you need to delete existing recovery points, go back to the “System Protection” settings window, select a disk, click “Configure”, and then use the “Delete” button to do this. This will delete all recovery points for this drive.
You can do the same with the Windows 10 Disk Cleanup utility, press Win + R and enter cleanmgr to start it, and after the utility opens, click “Clean System Files”, select the disk to clean, and then go to the “Advanced” tab ". There you can delete all recovery points except the most recent.
And finally, there is a way to delete specific recovery points on a computer, you can do this using the free CCleaner program. In the program, go to "Tools" - "System Restore" and select the recovery points that you want to delete.
Video - Create, use, and delete Windows 10 recovery points
And, in conclusion, a video instruction, if after watching you still have questions, I will be glad to answer them in the comments.
If you are interested in a more advanced backup, you might want to look at third-party tools for this, for example, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows Free .