When having an issue with drivers or graphics or system file corruption, Windows System Restore is the easiest way to get back to a working condition of Windows 11/10. If you have created a system restore earlier, this guide can help you do a system restore in Windows 11/10.
Note: System Restore is not set to on by default. If you have enabled it at some point or Windows has created it, you should see it.
How To Do a System Restore in Windows 11/10
These are three methods you can use to perform System Restore. If you do not find any system restore, make sure to enable it and create it often.
- System Restore from within Windows
- System Recovery
- Advanced Recovery
You will need admin account access for using this.
1] System Restore from within Windows
If your Windows Machine boots up normally and you can reach your Windows Desktop, follow the steps below to restore your computer.
Windows 11/10: Open Windows Search using Win + S and type Recovery. Click on the Recovery(Control Panel) link when it appears.
Windows 7: Type System Restore in Windows Start Menu or go to Control Panel > Action Center > Restore your computer to an earlier time
- The System restore windows will display a list of available restore points.
- Select a restore point that suits best. If your System stopped working because of software installation, choose the restore point close to the date of installation of the software.
- If you want to find more hidden restore points, check on the option which says show me more restore points.
- Use the Scan for affected programs to find how many of your existing programs might be impacted by this System restore. It is helpful if you want to save back those data and files.
- Select the restore point and follow the wizard. Once restore is complete, your System will be rebooted, and hopefully, your computer will be in working condition.
If you have never created a restore point, make sure to create it right away by turning it on. You can also use the One-Click System Restore Point Creator.
2] System Recovery
- Press F8 when your computer starts.
- Choose System Recovery, which should be the first option
- You will need to verify with an admin user name password
- Next, you will get five ways to recover the computer in case of a problem: Startup repair, System Restore, Windows complete pc restore, Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool, and Command prompt.
- Choose System Restore and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. It will be similar to what we have seen in the above section.
More on the recovery options:
- Windows Complete PC restore: It is useful when you have a backup of your PC or at least the drive where you installed windows.
- Command prompt recovery mode: It is only for advanced users
- Memory Diagnostic tool helps you troubleshoot memory issues on the computer.
- Startup Repair can fix problems from applications that prevent Windows from starting.
3] Advanced Recovery
While the process essentially remains the same as Windows 7, Windows 11/10 Advanced Recovery offers an enhanced menu. You still need to press F8 to get to the Advanced Recovery if you cannot access it from within the System. It is also called the Windows Recovery Environment.
- When in Recovery Environment, select Troubleshoot.
- To restore from a system restore point, choose Advanced Options > System Restore.
- Then follow the on-screen instructions to get back to the working state of the computer.
Restoring won’t affect your files, but it will remove apps, drivers, and updates installed after making the restore point.
I hope the guide explained how to do a System Restore in Windows 11/10/7.