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System Restore is a system recovery tool that allows you to reverse the changes made to the Windows 10 operating system. It’s like an Undo button but for changes made to system files and settings such as drivers, registry keys, and installed programs. System Restore is turned on by default.

Each time you make a significant change to Windows, such as the installation of drivers and apps, System Restore makes periodic snapshots (which are known as restore points) of your system’s hard drive. You can also create manual restore points, and doing so is recommended, especially after setting up a new Windows 10 computer or device.

Later, if you encounter issues with Windows 10, you can easily revert back to any of the existing restore points and continue to use Windows as if the recent system changes never happened.

System Restore is very useful when you encounter faulty drivers that destabilize your system or after you install apps that cause problems.

Here’s how to use System Restore to manually create a system restore point:

  1. In the search bar on the taskbar, type system restore.

    A list with search results appears.

  2. Click the Create a Restore Point search result.

    The System Properties window opens.

  3. Click the Create button at the bottom right side of the System Properties window.

    You’re asked to type a description to help you identify the restore point.

    If the Create button is grayed out, this feature is currently disabled.

  4. In the available text box, type a description for the restore point.

    Creating a system restore point.
    Creating a system restore point.
  5. Click Create.

  6. After Windows lets you know that the restore point is created, click Close.

  7. Click OK in the System Properties window.

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