How to do a System restore in Windows 10

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 10. If you have created a system restore earlier, this guide can help you do a system restore in Windows 10.

Note: System Restore is not set to on by default. If you have enabled it at some point or Windows has created it, then you should be able to see it.

How to do a System Restore in Windows 10 and Windows 7

These are three methods you can use to perform system restore. In case you do not find any system restore, make sure to enable it and create it often.

  • System Restore from within Windows 10 and Windows 7
  • System Recovery (Windows 7)
  • Advanced Recovery (Windows 10)

1] System Restore from within Windows 10 and Windows 7

If your Windows Machine boots up normally and you can reach your Windows Desktop, follow the steps below to restore your computer.

Type System Restore in Windows Start Menu or go to Control Panel > Action Center > Restore your computer to an earlier time Or Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Recovery and click on Open System Restore. The first method is for Windows 7, while the later works on Windows 10.

  • The System restore windows will display a list of available restore points.
  • Select a restore point which suits best. In case your system stopped working because of software installation, choose the restore point close to the date of installation of the software.

System Restore Point

  • If you want to find more hidden restore point, check on the option which says show me more restore points.
  • And use the Scan for affected programs to find how many of your existing programs might get impacted because of this system restore. It is useful 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 (Windows 7)

  • 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.
System Recovery tools in Windows Vista and Windows 7
System Recovery tools in Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Choose System Restore, and then follow on 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: Useful when you have a backup of your PC or at least of the drive where you had 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 (Windows 10)

While the process largely remains the same as Windows 7, Windows 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 the restore point was made.

I hope the guide was able to explain how to do a System Restore in Windows 10.


  1. There are many more steps than this now. The version I’m working with is Windows 7, RC7 build 7100.

    Press F8 during startup.
    Select ‘Repair Your Computer’ at CLI prompt that appears.
    Select a User at the ‘System Recovery Options’ GUI dialog box.
    Enter User’s password.
    Select the appropriate of the five options that appear at the ‘System Recovery Options’ GUI dialog box.

  2. This advice FAILS… When i press F8 it brings up the “Restart windows in the (mode you wish)” option. As in if i wanted to start in safe mode…Safe mode networking/command… Last known working normal windows or a few other options. NOTHING that this says it brings up. Im assuming that the key to press relies on your Mobo? Because i dont get anything that remotely resembles Repair Windows or any other system restorative options.

  3. This do not work as identified. This is not a recovery issue. I need someone with more experience with Windw 7 internet connection.

  4. This does work as listed. If you keep pressing F8 when the computer is first booting up you get the right menu. It looks like it’s just the old Safe Mode screen, but there are more options if you read the descriptions at the bottom of the screen. This worked for me just fine.

  5. Any1 know the service name for the system restore?
    I want to disable it , bt it doesnt show under system protection, so i have to stop it via cmd
    net stop “???”

    help please

  6. I agree with Bobby, on my Compaq desk top, pressing F8 on my does nothing, and unfortunately, my computer didn’t come with a restore disk. But it did have a file titled factory image/recovery but this file is now empty, any suggestions?

  7. The virus i had would not let me do a system restore while it was running but if you shut down your computer and then start it up, when the first screen( i have a Compaq) so when the first screen that says Compaq comes up hit F11 and the rest is easy just read and choose what you want to do.

  8. “Harvey said:
    I agree with Bobby, on my Compaq desk top, pressing F8 on my does nothing, and unfortunately, my computer didn’t come with a restore disk. But it did have a file titled factory image/recovery but this file is now empty, any suggestions?”

    Harvey, the factory image/recovery you’re looking at is only your laptop’s system can see it and it will activate once you have a problem and needed to restore your system.

    It’s not empty, but if you check the properties of that image, you’ll se how much it has.

  9. There is a diff between system restore and pc restore( pc restore is available only for dell laptops where it brings the system back to factory seetings), however in system restore you can bring the system back to few days, ( the date when the system was working fine) and the way to do system restore is
    Start, all programmes, accessories, system tools, system restore…
    This will not delete your personal data….

    Hope this help

  10. Doesn’t help me at all. I have a Gateway. F8 doesn’t work and it just flicks back and forth. I tried system restore to factory settings where it saves my doc to a back up file. The process finished and restarted and nothing changed. I don’t want to do a full restore because if nothing changes I’ve erased everything for nothing. Any suggestions?

  11. I just turned on my other computer (Windows 7) and it said it was unable to start. A window popped up just like the one on top of this page (System Recovery Options), I clicked on “Startup Repair” and then didn’t know which option to choose afterwards! Please anybody help!!!

  12. Regarding Windows 7. I am attempting to do a system restore (recover PC to factory condition).
    I do not have the recovery discs and I did do the “F8” at the beginning as I booted up the PC.
    This did nothing as I recall. I also recall pressing button “F11” as this command prompt works for my Windows Vista in performing a complete recovery of my Vista PC. I am left to contact the business who installed the PC at the home and ask for the recovery discs. I feel the “complete system restore/ recovery to factory condition” is necessary to start my PC from scratch. Please bring any comments or answers to our attention, we’d be very grateful-MIGUEL

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