If your computer is not as efficient as it should be, that’s a clear indication that you need to restore your operating system. Most of these problems prevent your computer from working at its best. Whether you’re getting peculiar errors or you simply want to reset it to its default state, Windows 10 can give you the answers you need.
The Operating System (OS) provides a variety of options that gives you the ability to reset your device to an earlier state. Fortunately, it is not as complicated as most of us think it is. Here are the steps you need to follow if you seek to restore you windows 10:
- Open System Restore
In the Search box, type ‘System Restore’. It will then appear at the top of the search results. Click on it and select ‘Create a restore point’. Once the ‘System Properties’ dialog box comes up, click on the ‘System Protection’ tab. Click on the ‘Configure’ option.
- Enable the System Restore
In order to determine the memory capacity your hard drive will use to store the Restore Points (5-10%) is highly recommended), use the ‘Max Usage’ slider. Click OK. Once this is done, click on ‘Turn on system protection’.
If you opt to manually create a restore point, go back to the dialog box and click ‘Create’. This is applicable if you wish not to mess with the current system settings. Otherwise, Windows 10 will automatically create them.
- Restore your Computer
If ever you want to go back to a Restore Point, once again, open the System Properties dialog box. Click on the ‘System Restore’ option. For clarity, follow the on-screen instructions and go for your desired Restore Point.
Alternatively, you can as well click the ‘Scan for affected programs’ option. This will help you to know what might change on your computer later on, before going any further. If you’re content with where you’ve reached so far, click ‘Next’.
Plan B: If System Restore Fails
Often, there are those problems that come up whereby even System Restore won’t work. Such problems also prevent you from going back to a desired Restore Point. This should not at all overwhelm you in any way.
Basically, all you need to do is start your OS (Windows 10) in Safe Mode. This not-so-effective mode of Windows runs the important part of Windows. This means that all types of flawed apps, settings or drivers will be disabled. Once you’ve done this, you’re assured of a successful System Restore process. This is how to go about it:
- Open ‘Advanced start-up’
To open ‘Advanced start-up’, click on the ‘Start/Home’ button, then select ‘Settings’. Within the ‘Settings’ tab, select ‘Update & Security’ then proceed to ‘Recovery’. Select ‘Restart now’ below ‘Advanced start-up’.
- Run System Restore in Safe Mode
Windows will automatically restart and give you a ‘Choose an option’ menu. Select ‘Troubleshoot’, then go to ‘Advanced options’ and finally to System Restore. Here, you can use System Restore normally.
Before using the next method, make sure you have a secure back up of your essential documents/ files, just in case.
- Open ‘Reset this PC’
Click on the Start button. Select ‘Settings’. Click on ‘Update & security’ then select ‘Recovery’. Below ‘Reset this PC’, click on ‘Get started’.
- Reset Windows 10 and save your files
On the following screen, click on ‘Keep my files’ and follow the provided on-screen instructions. These will guide you on resetting your Windows 10 Operating system. You’ll then see a list of apps that will be deleted. With this, you will be asked to confirm your decision before moving any further.
- Reset this PC from Safe Mode
Serious problems associated with Windows 10 can hold back ‘Reset this PC’ from carrying out its specified function. To avoid this, run it from Safe Mode. Follow the first step from ‘Plan B: If System Restore fails’, but choose ‘Troubleshoot’, then ‘Reset this PC’ and onto ‘Keep my files’ under the second step.