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Carrying Out a System Restore in Windows 10

When it comes to rectifying the issues with Windows 10 such as a page fault in non paged area fix, there are plenty of useful tools embedded within the operating system itself. However, there will be times when Windows 10 comes to a grinding halt, and people are fearful that everything is lost.

System Restore is a feature that has been included with several incarnations of Windows, and Windows 10 is no different. Although many are familiar with the feature, there will be others who are little perplexed as to how a System Restore works.

What is a System Restore?

A System Restore in layman’s terms is a way of ‘rewinding’ Windows 10 to an earlier state. This is especially useful if there have been recent changes that have affected how the operating system runs. To ensure that users can take advantage of the System Restore feature, they need to ensure it is enabled, otherwise there will be no backups to roll back to.

Activating System Restore

To active the System Restore feature you will need to navigate to the options using the following path. Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > System Restore. Alternatively, you can simply search for ‘System Restore’ using the Search bar located near the Windows icon.

Once you have entered the System Properties, you will then be given some options. The first thing you should do is turn on System Protection, and then decide how much disk space you want to allow. As a rule, five to ten percent is normally sufficient.

Once the feature has been activated, Windows will create a series of restore points that can be  used should a system reset be required.

Carrying Out a System Restore

To carry out a System Restore, you simply follow the same steps as if you were turning on the feature, but click the System Restore feature instead. Windows 10 will then present a series of restore points that can be used to rectify any issues with Windows 10.

Once activated, the operating system will reset, and the device will reboot as normal to the restore point selected. Although files won’t e affected, you may find that some programs are missing. Before reinstalling any programs or applications, it’s advisable to ensure they’re not the reason as to Windows 10 became defective in the first place.

What if The System Restore Doesn’t Work?

There will be times when the System Restore fails, so a different approach may need to be taken. You will need to enter ‘Safe Mode’ to ensure that only the vital elements of Windows 10 are running. In most instance, pressing F8 at the boot screen will allow you to enter Safe Mode., but if this doesn’t work then it’s advisable to follow the manufactures instructions.

Although everything may look different, you will still be able to enter the ‘System Restore’ process and roll your device back to one of the restore points that has been saved.

The same process as before is used, and you should find that there is little issue in rolling back to a restore point.

Other Factors to Consider

Although the System Restore process can be started within a matter of seconds, the restore process itself could take up to 45 minutes. Not the longest time granted, but it’s something worth considering if you’re looking to use the device sooner rather than later.

It can also be a good idea to disable ay antivirus software and disconnect from the Internet when carrying out a ‘System Restore.’ Although anti-virus software is integral for online users, it can affect the System Restore process.

If you’re trying to restore to a specific date and find that you’re not having much luck, then it may be worthwhile considering another restore point. Of course, this can be frustrating, but it’s better than having to reset the device back to Factory Settings.

Another factor to consider is that System Restore process does not affect personal files. This could be a benefit or a drawback, depending on the reason for the System Restore. If you’re simply trying to recover lost or deleted items, then it may be worthwhile opening the program the file is associated with. For example, if you’re looking for a document that was created using Word, then opening the program allows you to view files that are ‘AutoRecovered.’

Similarly, if there is an instance where you’re looking for a file you believed you saved onto the device’s hard drive, then it may be worth searching the Recycle Bin to see if the file can be recovered.

System Restore may not be the answer to every difficulty you experience within Windows 10, but it can make all the difference if all other options have been exhausted, and you really don’t want to have to restore the device back to its initial Factory Settings, which will mean installing every program and device from scratch.

It’s also important that you don’t rely on the System Restore option, as there’s no real way of rolling back to a specific date if it’s not showing within the System Restore options.

Those using their device for important documents and sensitive work are advised to schedule backups, so if the worst-case scenario does occur, then you don’t have to worry about losing files that are of great importance.

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