What is System Restore? How to Use it on Windows PC

System Restore is a notable feature on Windows which acts as means of recovery against specific crashes and computer-related problems. You can employ it by using a few simple methods to set it up perfectly for your system alongside using it for the best results. In this post, we will share System Restore and how you can use it on Windows PCs.

What is System Restore?

The restore points are snapshots of the Windows system files, registry settings, hardware drivers, documents, and specific program files. Windows creates restore points before significant events such as Windows updates or installation of new devices, apps, and drivers. In addition, you can also create it on demand.

Windows reserves space on the system drive for backups. Since the space is limited, old restore points will be deleted once it exceeds.

How To Use System Restore in Windows PC

How to Use System Restore on Windows PC

Here we will provide four working methods to help you perform Windows System Restore.

  1. Enabling System Restore in Windows
  2. Creating System Restore Point Manually on Windows
  3. Restoring Windows System from Desktop
  4. Restore the System from the Advanced Startup

Follow the exact steps given below to perform  System Restore on Windows 11/10.

1] Enabling System Restore in Windows

Unlike the previous versions, System Restore for Windows is not enabled by default. Therefore, you must enable it manually before you can use the feature. Here are the steps to enable the functionality on your Windows 11/10 PC.

  • Open the Start menu and look for the Create a restore point option in search.
  • Select the top search result to open the System Properties dialog box.Turn on System Restore Windows PC
  • Choose the System Protection tab and select the main System drive in the Protection Settings section.
  • Click the Configure button and check the Turn on system protection option under Restore Settings.
  • Make sure you define the space needed to store system restore points in Windows 11/10 with the Max Usage slider. Once you complete all the steps, you can select the Apply option and click on the OK button.

2] Creating System Restore Point Manually on Windows

The method for enabling system restore on your Windows 11/10 system can help you configure your system for creating checkpoints automatically with system changes. However, you can opt for reconfiguring certain settings by creating a System Restore point manually on Windows 11/10 with the following steps.

  • Open Windows search using Win + S, and type Recovery
  • Click on Recovery under Settings in the search result
  • Click on Configure System Restore link to open System Properties
  • Under the System Protection tab, click on the Create ButtonCreate System Restore Point Windows
  • Define the exact name for the restore point you want and choose the Create button.
  • After creating the system restore point for Windows System Restore, you have to click on the Close button and then the OK button, followed by another Close button.

Restoring Windows PC From Desktop 

Any unwanted error during installation or modifications in settings can be resolved with the system restore for Windows 11/10 computers. All you need to do is roll over your system to a previous state directly from your desktop with the following steps.

  • Use the Win key + Pause/Break key to open System (About)
  • Click on Advanced System Settings to open System Properties
  • Please switch to the System Restore button and click on it, followed by the Next button prompted by the system.System Restore Scan Affected Programs
  • Choose the restore point you want to roll back your computer and click on the Next button.
  • You can also select the Scan for affected programs button to identify the apps which might be removed in the restore process. After completing all steps, you must click the Finish button to return your device to a previous state.

4] Restore the System From the Advanced Startup 

The Advanced Startup environment is also handy for restoring the Windows system. If you cannot access your PC the usual way because of BSOD, Boot Issue, or Driver failure, restoring with this is the only way out.

  • Create a Windows Bootable USB from another PC.
  • Switch to the PC which is not working, and boot into the BIOS or UEFI to change the boot order.
  • Change the boot order to USB. Plug the bootable USB drive into the PC, and then reboot
  • When the PC starts, it will boot from the USB and look like the regular Windows Installation.
  • Please wait until the screen where it says Install Windows.
  • Look for the Repair your Computer link at the bottom left of the screen. Click on it, and the PC will get into Advanced Recovery.system restore advance recovery
  • Select the Advanced options button for moving to the next window and click on the Troubleshoot tab.
  • You must select the Advanced options tab in the Troubleshoot section, leading you to many options.
  • Select the System Restore option and click the Next button.
  • Choose the restore point you want and select the Scan for affected programs option to view the applications that would be removed.
  • Click the Next and Finish buttons to complete the system restore process.


When you encounter a critical issue on your Windows computer, you are most likely to be perplexed by its causes. If your computer has crashed, you should try the system restore for Windows.

The methods of System Restore for Windows serve as an ideal resource for dealing with troubleshooting problems. Learn every technique in detail and try out the one which works best for you right now.

Does Windows Have Restore Points by Default?

Windows do not have restore points enabled by default. Users have to configure the Windows System Restore feature to automatically ensure the creation of restore points on the application of system updates or specific system changes.

Where Is Backup and Restore in Windows?

You can access the backup and restore feature in Windows 11/10/ in the Control Panel. However, you will find the option of Backup and Restore (Windows 7) in Windows 11/10

How Do I Start System Restore in Windows?

Search for Create a restore point in the search box and open the System Properties dialog box. You can find the Windows System Restore option in the tab. Upon clicking the System Restore button, you have to choose the restore point and click on Next and Finish to start the System Restore process. Optionally, you can also select the Scan for affected programs button to identify the apps that might be removed or added after restoration.

Satya Ranjan Sahoo
He has been covering Technology and Windows, specifically tutorials, how-to, and guides on software. He also loves to play PC games, and answer technical questions.


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