You don't think about restore points until at least once you lose some data or spend several hours setting up a new one Windows. Such is the reality.
In general, quite often, when installing any programs (drivers, for example), even myself Windows advises to create a restore point. Many neglect this, but in vain. Meanwhile, to create a restore point in Windows – you only need to spend a few minutes! I would like to talk about these minutes, which save hours, in this article …
Remark! The creation of recovery points will be shown in the example Windows 10. In OS Windows 7, 8, 8.1, all actions are performed in the same way. By the way, in addition to creating points, you can resort to a full copy of the system partition of the hard disk, but you can find out about this in this article: https: //pcpro100.info/copy-system-disk-windows/
Create a restore point – manually
Before the process, it is advisable to close programs for updating drivers, various programs for protecting the OS, antiviruses, etc.
1) Go to the control panel Windows and open the following section: Control Panel \ System and Security \ System.
Photo 1. System – Windows 10
2) Next, in the menu on the left, you need to open the link 'System protection' (see photo 2).
Photo 2. System protection.
3) The 'System Protection' tab should open, in which your disks will be listed, opposite each one, there will be a note 'disabled' or 'enabled'. Of course, opposite the disk on which you have installed Windows (it is marked with a characteristic icon ), should be 'enabled' (if not, set it in the recovery options settings – the 'Configure' button, see photo 3).
To create a restore point, select the disk with the system and click the create restore point button (photo 3).
Photo 3. System properties – create a restore point
4) Next, you need to set the name of the point (it can be anything, write so that you can remember, even after a month or two).
Photo 4. Point name
5) Next, the process of creating a restore point will start. Usually, a restore point is created quite quickly, on average 2-3 minutes.
Photo 5. Creation process – 2-3 min.
Note! An even easier way to find the link to create a restore point is to click on the 'Magnifier' next to the START button (in Window 7 – this is the search string in the START itself) and enter the word 'dot'. Further, among the found elements, there will be a cherished link (see photo 6).
Photo 6. Search for a link to 'Create a restore point'.
How to recover Windows from a restore point
Now the reverse operation. Otherwise, why create points if you never use them? ?
Note! It is important to note that by installing (for example) a faulty program or a driver that was registered in startup and prevents it from starting normally Windows, restoring the system, you will return the previous OS settings (previous drivers, old programs at startup), but the files itself programs will remain on your hard drive. Those. the system itself, its settings and performance are restored.
1) Open the control panel Windows at the following address: Control Panel \ System and Security \ System. Next, on the left, open the link 'System Protection' (if there are difficulties – see Photo 1, 2 above).
2) Next, select the disk (system – icon ) and press the 'Restore' button (see photo 7).
Photo 7. Restore the system
3) Next, a list of found checkpoints will appear, to which you can roll back the system. Here pay attention to the date of creation of the point, its description (i.e. before what changes the point was created).
- – The description may contain the word 'Critical' – that's okay, because sometimes Windows marks its updates.
- – Pay attention to the dates. Remember when the problem with Windows started: for example, 2-3 days ago. So you need to select a restore point that was made at least 3-4 days ago!
- – By the way, each restore point can be analyzed: that is, you can see which programs it will affect. To do this, simply select the desired point and then click the 'Search for affected programs' button.
To restore the systems, select the desired point (at which everything worked for you), and then click the 'next' button (see photo 8).
Photo 8. Selecting a recovery point.
4) Next, a window will appear with the last warning that the computer will be restored, that all programs need to be closed, the data saved. Follow all these recommendations and click 'done', the computer will be restarted, and the system will be restored.
Photo 9. Before restoration – the last word …
In addition to recovery points, I also recommend sometimes making copies of important documents (coursework, diplomas, working papers, family photos, videos, etc.). It is better to buy (allocate) a separate disk, USB flash drive (and other media) for such purposes. Who does not face this – you can't even imagine how many questions and requests on a similar topic to get at least some data …
That's all, good luck everyone!