How to Do a System Restore on Windows 10

by System Tweaks

The Windows System Restore is a very important feature. It allows you to wind back the clock on your system. So knowing how to do a system restore on Windows 10 is going to save you from having to completely reinstall your operating system from scratch if something goes wrong.

One of our biggest tips is to always have this feature turned on and properly configured when first receiving your new computer.

Another point to remember is that any files saved remotely on a cloud storage system, won’t be affected by the changes on your computer.

How to perform a System Restore

1. Open System Properties

Start by opening System Properties by pressing and holding down the Windows key on your keyboard then tap ‘Pause’ and release the Windows key.

2. Left-click on Advanced system settings

click on advanced system settings

Left-click your mouse button on ‘Advanced system settings’ in the left-hand column of the System Properties window.

3. Left-click on the System Protection tab

left click on system protection tab

Left-click on the ‘System Protection’ tab to reveal the System Restore options in the System Properties tab.

4. Left-click on the System Restore button

click on system restore button

Use your mouse to left-click on the ‘System Restore’ button.

5. Select restore point

select restore point

Left-click on the restore point you wish to use.

After left-clicking on ‘Next’ then ‘Finish’, you can confirm whether or not you want to continue with the process at the next restart. Simply click on ‘Yes’ to confirm.

Restart your computer to complete the restoration process.

Restore your computer when Windows won’t start

When your computer starts up after powering it up, press and hold the F8 key on your keyboard while your computer attempts to boot up into Windows.

Of course, it won’t be able to start Windows normally, however, by pressing the F8 key, it will cause a menu to appear.

Info Nibble: I would like to mention, if you cannot get this menu to appear after a few attempts, it’s most likely you have something for serious happening and you may need to inspect the condition of your operating system’s physical drive.

Next, click on ‘Troubleshoot’, then ‘Advanced options’, and then ‘System Restore’.

Select your username and enter your password, then the System Restore process will begin.

Once you have click on next to continue, choose your restore point and click on ‘Next’.

Complete the process by selecting any final prompts on your screen.


Now you know exactly how to backup and restore your computer. I hope you never need to, but it could save you a lot of work by not having to reinstall Windows from scratch.

In saying that, it would only be necessary to start over if you have a faulty drive. In most cases, if a system restore fails, a repair can be done from a Windows installation disk. This would be a procedure best explained in another article.

I hope you are successful in your restoration procedure. And remember to check that you are making recovery points often enough.

Marlo Strydom

Marlo is a full-time professional computer programmer, electronics engineer and computer technician. Computers are his passion and he loves to help anyone wanting to know more about them.