Windows 10 recovery: 7 ways to restore it to its original state

7 ways to restore your Windows 10 system to its original state

Any of the methods for restoring the Windows 10 operating system is recommended in case of serious PC malfunctions. It is necessary to restore Windows when programs freeze or do not start. This procedure should be preceded by a PC scan for viruses or an integrity scan of service files. In extreme cases, OS resuscitation through BIOS with the use of available restorative means helps.

Using a system restore point

In all licensed editions of Win 10, OS protection is activated, and restore points are created, as a rule, automatically. If you are using a pirated assembly, you will have to activate these functions yourself. The user will have to enable protection and manually create special points for OS reanimation.

How to quickly restore Win 10 from the active desktop:

  • call the Control Panel;


  • find the line "System Restore";


  • press once on "Start ...";


  • the Wizard is activated to help restore Windows;
  • in the first window the Wizard will offer to select a point created automatically;


  • if you activate "Show other points ...", then in the second window you can select a point independently created by the user;
  • click on "Next" and follow the wizard's prompts.


How to create a recovery point yourself:

  • call "Run";
  • write in an empty line: systempropertiesprotection;


  • the "System Properties" window will open;
  • go to the tab called "System Protection";



  • click on the "Create" option;
  • enter a description of the point;
  • at the end click on "OK".


Method of activating the recovery point at the moment of turning on the PC:

  • when starting the computer, go to the special boot options screen;


  • in the "Troubleshooting" window, activate the "System restore using a dot ..." option;


  • follow the prompts that appear on the monitor.

Important! If the OS does not boot for a number of reasons, the user can use a recovery flash drive (disk) with Win 10 and, after setting BIOS to boot from the media, activate "System Restore from an Access Point" at the time the PC starts up. If an error occurs due to which the "recovery point" does not start, you will have to install a clean Windows.

Factory reset

How to rollback Windows:

  • enter Start;
  • activate the console Options;
  • go to the sub-item "Update and Security";
  • find "Recovery";
  • find "Reset device to its original state";
  • click once on "Start".


How to roll back Windows when the laptop starts up:

  • go to the special OS boot options screen;


  • find "Troubleshooting";


  • click on "Reset device to its original state".


Important! If an error appears when you try to roll back Windows, for example, "Problem when returning to its original state", then it is recommended to perform a clean installation of Win 10.

File history

You will be able to restore user data using the special function "File History". Activating this option will start the backup. System files will be stored on the PC for an unlimited time. The archive is allowed to be used to reanimate Win 10.

Backup activation method:


  • through the "Update and Security" go to the sub-item "Archive Service";


  • find "Backup ...";


  • click on the "Add disk" option (specify the name of the drive for storing the archive);


  • click on the line "Other parameters";
  • configure "Archiving parameters";


File history option activation method:

  • call the Control Panel;


  • open "All panel elements";
  • find the item "File history";


  • select "Storing history ...";


  • if history is disabled, click on "Enable";
  • specify the drive to save copies;


  • enter the "Additional parameters" and configure them;


  • save the changes you made.

How to recover data yourself:

  • call the Explorer utility;


  • from the main window activate the file history (Journal);


  • a window with saved copies will open;


  • select the file to be restored;
  • click on "OK".

Using a recovery disc

How to create recovery media:

  • call the Control Panel;


  • through "All panel elements" go to "Restore" or "Backup ...";
  • activate "Create disk ...";


  • connect a USB flash drive (8 GB) or insert a blank CD / DVD;


  • in the "Create disk ..." box, put a check mark next to the line "Back up ... to disk ...".


How to use the recovery disk if Vin 10 won't start:

  • insert a disc or connect a USB flash drive;
  • at the time of starting the PC, go to the BIOS (in the Boot Menu) and set the boot from the recovery media;


  • select "Diagnostics" or "Troubleshooting";


  • activate "Recover Windows from disk" (without data loss);


  • run the tool and complete the procedure.

Using the installation disc

Create Win 10 ISO image restoring OS using a third party utility:

  • download Microsoft Media Creation Tool;


  • connect an 8 GB flash drive;
  • run the utility on a laptop;


  • accept the license terms;


  • activate the "Create installation media" option;


  • adjust parameters;
  • select the type of media (USB flash drive);


  • complete the procedure for creating a media via the Internet using the prompts.


How to create an image using Windows:

  • call the Control Panel;


  • select "Backup ...";


  • click on the line "Create a system image";


  • choose the place where the image or archive will be stored;


  • specify the files to be backed up.


How to restore Win 10 using an installation flash drive:

  • at the time of starting the PC, enter BIOS and call the Boot menu;


  • set the download from a connected flash drive;
  • in the "Installation" window activate the "System Restore" option;


  • go to "Troubleshooting", sub-item "Diagnostics", then "Additional parameters";


  • activate "Restore Win using an image file ...";


  • select OS (Windows 10 edition);


  • follow the prompts to complete the procedure.

Through safe mode

Method of returning the OS to its original state:



  • through "Update and Security" go to the "Recovery" sub-item;


  • find "Special boot options";
  • click once on "Restart now";


  • after restarting, select the "Troubleshooting" option, then "Additional parameters";
  • in the "Boot Options" activate "Safe Mode";


  • go to Windows again;
  • roll back the OS to factory settings or restore Vin 10 using restore points.

A quick way to activate safe mode:


  • go to the power management window;


  • press once on the "Restart" button while holding "Shift";
  • The PC will reboot;
  • the "Additional parameters" window will appear;
  • select the "Boot options" option;


  • a window with the same name will open;
  • click on the line "Enable safe mode".


How to get into safe mode if Windows has flown (Windows 10 OS):

  • connect a USB flash drive with Win 10;
  • when you turn on the PC, go to BIOS;
  • choose to boot from recovery media;


  • in the "Installation" window activate "System Restore";
  • go to "Diagnostics", then to "Additional parameters";


  • select the "Command line" option;


  • to activate safe mode write: bcdedit / set {default} safeboot minimal;


  • with command line support write: bcdedit / set {default} safebootalternateshell yes;


  • to restore the OS, write: exe (the Wizard will open, which helps to restore Windows through an access point).



To reanimate the OS through BIOS, you need to have an installation or recovery disk with the current (installed on the PC) edition of Windows. It will be possible to resume the system if restore points have been previously created or it is possible to roll back the OS to factory settings. As a last resort, you need a clean Win 10 installation.

How to restore the OS if you cannot get into Windows:

  • connect installation or recovery media to the device;
  • when booting the PC, go to BIOS;


  • go to the "Boot menu" or "Advanced Features";
  • for "1st boot device" set to boot from the connected media;


  • save settings;
  • restart the laptop;
  • in the initial menu "Installation", click once on "System Restore";


  • in the window "Select actions" activate "Diagnostics";
  • go to "Add. options";


  • activate "System Restore" with the choice of access point;


  • after the OS is restored, go to BIOS and return the boot priority to the drive.

The way to resuscitate Vin 10 through the command line:

  • connect the media with Windows to the PC;
  • go to BIOS;
  • choose to boot from the connected media;


  • in the initial menu "Installation" select the option "System Restore";


  • activate "Diagnostics";


  • in "Add. parameters "find the sub-item" Command line ";


  • in the console, first write: fixboot;



  • when the boot sector is restored, restart the PC normally.

Important! If the boot file "boot.ini" is missing, it is recommended to write on the command line: bootcfg / rebuild. If the "config" is damaged, the command is entered: cd repair copy SYSTEM C: \ windows \ system32 \ config. When there is no "ntldr" or "", you will need to write: copy X: \ i386 ldr C: \ (X is the drive letter, C is the system drive). To scan files for integrity, enter the command: sfc / scannow.

How to run windows 10 system restore

If the Windows operating system starts to crash, do not rush to reinstall it. Use the restore function, which provides the ability to return Windows to the state before errors or problems occurred. Let's take a closer look at how to run Windows 10 System Restore, all the existing methods.

Why do you need to restore the system

For a person who has not faced the need to roll back Windows to a working state, this question makes sense. The operating system is not as stable a thing as many people think, it can fail without user intervention, then you need to return it to its original state. Here are some more reasons:

  • unsuccessful installation of a driver or program;
  • system failure;
  • error during loading;
  • black screen or blue screen of death.

Here is a sample list when you might need it. recovering Windows 10 and expanding it can take a very long time, but as basic examples, this list is enough.

All recovery methods

Now let's look at all the current ways to restore Windows 10 that are relevant at the moment. You can study them in detail and choose which one is right in your case.

I warn you in advance that it is assumed that you previously activated this function and created a rollback point, since recovery is possible only in this situation.

See also: Windows recovery problems and solutions

Through safe mode

Restoring Windows 10 from Safe Mode is a method that is suitable in cases where you cannot boot the OS in normal mode, but everything is fine in safe mode. Follow the algorithm of actions:

  1. Boot Windows in Safe Mode.

  2. Run Command Prompt as Administrator. To do this, open Windows 10 Search and enter CMD, then click on the PCM console application and select "Run as administrator" . run the command line as Windows 10 administrator

  3. At the command prompt, enter the command rstrui.exe and press Enter . enter the rstrui.exe command on windows 10

  4. The system recovery window will appear on the screen. windows 10 system recovery

  5. Select item "Mark another restore point" . we delete the restore point windows 10

  6. Click the button "Further" .

  7. Select the desired restore point and click again "Further" .

  8. Follow the instructions on the monitor.

It can be made easier:

  1. In Safe Mode, open the Control Panel. Windows Control Panel

  2. Choose a section "System and safety" .

  3. Click on "File history" . click on windows 10 file history

  4. At the bottom left, click on "Recovery" . repair windows 10

  5. On the next screen you need to select "Start System Restore" . starting system restore

  6. Then you already know what to do.

Read Also: All Ways to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode


An additional tool has appeared in Windows 10 that allows you to reset the system to its original state and save user files, let's take a closer look at it:

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut Win + I .

  2. Open the section "Update and Security" . update and security settings windows 10

  3. On the left, select a section "Recovery" . recovery in windows 10 settings

  4. Click the button "To begin" .

  5. Choose to keep all files or delete them.

  6. Wait for the process to complete.

Command line

System restore via the command line involves restoring the bootloader if it is damaged. To understand exactly whether this method suits you, I explain that when the bootloader is inoperative, the system does not start, errors occur. Accordingly, if you were unable to boot Windows 10, use this method. However, keep in mind that you need a flash drive with the recorded operating system distribution kit or a disk:

  1. Install the Windows installer media into your PC.

  2. Reboot the computer, if necessary, set in BIOS, from which device the download should start.

  3. When the window appears on the screen "Install Windows" , below click on "System Restore" .system restore windows 10 installer

  4. Please select Troubleshooting . troubleshooting windows 10

  5. Click on item "Command line" . command line in troubleshooting windows 10

  6. In the console, enter the command bootrec.exe C: \ Windows , but instead of the letter "C" write down the one on which Windows is installed.

  7. Press the key Enter .

If all is well, the system will notify you that the boot record has been successfully restored.

Note! The method is suitable for more advanced users who understand the commands and know the letters of their hard drives.

USB flash drive or recovery disc

In order to use this method, you need to create a Windows 10 system recovery disk or a USB flash drive, that is, write the 10th Windows recovery distribution kit onto them.

First, let's look at how to create a USB flash drive or Windows recovery disk:

  1. Insert the media into a port or drive on your computer.

  2. Open Control Panel.

  3. Switch to "Large icons" . control panel on windows 10

  4. Open up "Recovery" . recovery in windows 10 control panel

  5. Click on "Create a recovery disc" . windows 10 recovery drive creation

Then follow the instructions of the system to complete the creation of the recovery media.

When it is ready, you should do the following:

  1. Install the disk or USB flash drive into your PC.

  2. Restart your computer and start booting from the media you just inserted.

  3. The recovery environment will open.

  4. Select the appropriate function and follow the on-screen prompts.

Through the rollback point

The method will work if you previously created such a point and now want to return to the Windows state at the time of its creation. This is done as follows:

  1. Select the PC reboot function with the key pressed SHIFT .

  2. Choose a section "Diagnostics" . diagnostics windows 10

  3. Go to "Extra options" . recovery in advanced parameters

  4. Click on "System Restore" .

  5. In the window that opens, click on "Further" .

  6. Check the box Show other points .

  7. Choose the one you need.

  8. Follow the prompts in the System Restore Wizard.


It is through the BIOS that Windows 10 cannot be restored, since there is no such function. Through it, you can only choose from which media the system should boot, for example, it can be a recovery disk:

  1. Open BIOS.

  2. Go to section "Boot" .

  3. In the first line, choose which device to boot from.

  4. Click on F10 and restart your computer.

Advice! Be careful in the BIOS, changing the settings may lead to the inoperability of the computer.

File history

This function appeared in Windows starting from the eighth version. Its essence is that copies of important folders and files are saved on the selected external drive or network directory. Then, if necessary, they can be restored.

 file history in windows 10 control panel

You can find the function from the control panel, where it is called "File history". Since it does not allow you to completely restore the system, but only certain files and folders, here we will not fully consider it. Wait for a separate article on this feature.

Removing updates

One of the methods of restoring the system to a working state is to remove the latest updates. Use this method if problems with WIndows started after system updates:

  1. Press the keyboard shortcut Win + I .

  2. Please select "Update and Security" . windows 10 update and security

  3. Left click on Windows Update .Windwos 10 update center

  4. Please select "View update log" . view the log of installed windows 10 updates

  5. Click on "Remove updates" .uninstall windows 10 updates

  6. Find the latest updates in the date column.

  7. Right-click on them and select “ Delete " .

How to restore the registry

Registry save directory in Windows 10 - C: \ Windows \ System32 \ config \ RegBack .

Windows 10 registry folder

Accordingly, to make a copy, you need to copy its contents. When needed, just move all files to this folder with replacement.

Note! To work with this section of Windows, you need administrator rights.

System Restore Errors

It happens when Windows recovery is accompanied by certain errors. Let's consider the most common ones.

Error 0x80070005

Error 0x80070005 during Windows 10 system recovery signals that there are problems with access rights, read more here.

Error 0x80070003

Error 0x80070003 when restoring the Windows 10 system occurs in various cases, for example, a weak network signal or a conflict of files, system components. Find solutions to this problem here.

Error 0x80070017

If error 0x80070017 appeared during Windows 10 system recovery, most likely some system files were damaged, this is the most common reason. Read more about troubleshooting the error here.

Error 0x81000203

System Restore error 0x81000203 Windows 10 is related to System Restore. There are several ways to eliminate it, which we will discuss in more detail in a separate article.

How to reset a laptop to factory settings

Many laptops have the ability to roll back to their state after leaving the factory. This is done differently for each model, so we will not describe the algorithms here, but will prepare a separate article. The general principle is that you need to go to BIOS and select certain settings there.

How long does recovery take

Many users are interested in how long it takes to restore Windows 10, it is difficult to answer this question exactly. It all depends on the method to be used and the specific case. In the best case, it will take from 10 to 30 minutes, in the worst case, the process will drag on for several hours.

What to do if a black screen appears after recovery

In cases where windows 10 system restore causes a black screen, it is impossible to tell the exact solution to the problem. This could be a problem with installed components or drivers.

To accurately and guaranteed to get rid of the problem, we recommend that you do a complete reinstallation of Windows or roll back to another restore point.

Read Also: Black Screen Appeared After Installing Nvidia Driver

Windows won't boot after recovery

If Windows 10 does not boot after system restore, then the procedure was unsuccessful, you should repeat it or use another method. If all else fails, the only method is reinstalling Windows.

Read more in the article: What to do if your computer does not work after recovery

Activation key lost after recovery

If after the restoration the activation of Windows 10 has flown, it's okay, you can restore it:

  1. Go to Windows Settings (Win + I).

  2. Open the section "Update and Security" . update and security settings windows 10

  3. Left click on "Activation" . activation in windows 10 settings

  4. Click on Change product key and enter your license code.

See also: How to find your Windows 10 activation key

Restoring screen resolution

After restoring Windows 10, the screen resolution could get lost, then do the following:

  1. Right click on the desktop.

  2. Select item Screen Options . windows 10 display settings

  3. In the tab "Screen resolution" select the one you want and save. windows 10 screen resolution


Now you know how to run Windows 10 System Restore, what errors are. There are several ways to return Windows to its original state at once, choose the one that suits best.

The author of the article

Computer systems technician, mid-level specialist. Since 2017, the founder of this blog, in 2018 he graduated from the training.

How to reset Windows 10 to factory settings

Operating systems tend to crash sometimes. This can happen through the fault of the user, due to infection with viruses or a banal failure. In such cases, do not rush to reinstall Windows right away. First, you can try to restore the OS to its original state. It is about how to do this on the Windows 10 operating system that we will tell in this article.

Restoring Windows 10 to its original state

We immediately draw your attention to the fact that further we will not talk about recovery points. Of course, you can create one immediately after installing the OS, but this is done by an extremely small number of users. Therefore, this article will be designed more for ordinary users. If you want to know more about using restore points, we recommend that you check out our dedicated article.

Read more: Instructions for creating a Windows 10 restore point

Let's take a closer look at how you can return the operating system to its original appearance.

Method 1: "Parameters"

This method can be used if your OS boots and you have access to the standard Windows settings. If both conditions are met, follow these steps:

  1. In the lower left part of the desktop, click on the button "Start" .
  2. Press the Start button in Windows 10

  3. In the window that opens, click on the button "Options" ... It is depicted as a gear.
  4. Press the Settings button in Windows 10

  5. A window with subsections of Windows settings will appear on the screen. You must select an item "Update and Security" .
  6. We go to the Update and security section in Windows 10

  7. On the left side of the new window, find the line "Recovery" ... Click once with LMB on the given word. After that, you need to click on the button "To begin" that appears to the right.
  8. Click the Start button in the Windows 10 Recovery section

  9. Then you will have two options: keep all personal files or delete them completely. In the window that opens, you must click on the line that corresponds to the decision you made. For example, we will choose the option with the preservation of personal information.
  10. Choosing file actions before restoring Windows 10

  11. Preparations for recovery will begin. After a while (depending on the number of installed programs), a list of software will appear on the screen, which will be removed during recovery. You can see the list if you wish. To continue the operation, press the button "Further" in the same window.
  12. Click the Next button in the window to continue the recovery

  13. Before starting the recovery, you will see the last message on the screen. It will list the consequences of a system restore. In order to start the process, press the button "Reset" .
  14. Press the Reset button to start recovery

  15. Preparations for the reset will begin immediately. It takes a while. Therefore, we are just waiting for the end of the operation.
  16. The process of resetting a computer on Windows 10

  17. The system will automatically reboot when the preparation is complete. A message appears on the screen indicating that the OS is being reset. The progress of the procedure will also be shown in the form of percentages.
  18. Windows 10 system recovery process

  19. The next step is to install the system components and drivers. At this stage, you will see the following picture:
  20. Installing components when recovering Windows 10

  21. Again, we wait for the OS to complete its operations. As will be said in the notification, the system may reboot several times. So don't be alarmed. You will eventually see a login screen with the same username who performed the restore.
  22. Logging in after Windows 10 recovery

  23. When you finally log in, your personal files will remain on the desktop and an additional HTML document will be generated. It opens with any browser. It will contain a list of all applications and system libraries that were uninstalled during the restore.
  24. List of uninstalled software after Windows 10 system recovery

The OS is now restored and ready to use again. Please note that you will need to reinstall any accompanying drivers. If you have problems at this stage, then it is better to use special software that will do all the work for you.

Read more: Best software to install drivers

Method 2: Boot menu

The method described below is most often used when the system fails to boot correctly. After several such unsuccessful attempts, a menu will appear on the screen, which we will discuss below. Also, this menu can be launched manually directly from the OS itself, if, for example, you have lost access to general parameters or other controls. Here's how to do it:

  1. Press "Start" in the lower left corner of the desktop.
  2. Press the Start button in Windows 10

  3. Next, you need to click on the button "Shutdown" which is in the drop-down box just above "Start" .
  4. Press the Shutdown button in Windows 10

  5. Now hold down the key on the keyboard "Shift" ... While holding it, left-click on the item "Reboot" ... After a few seconds "Shift" you can let go.
  6. Reboot the system while holding down the Shift key on Windows 10

  7. A boot menu with a list of actions will appear on the screen. It is such a menu that will appear after several unsuccessful attempts by the system to boot in normal mode. Here you need to click once with the left mouse button on the line Troubleshooting .
  8. Click the Troubleshoot button in the Windows 10 boot menu

  9. After that, you will see two buttons on the screen. You need to click on the very first - "Reset the computer to its original state" .
  10. Press the button Return the computer to its original state

  11. As in the previous method, you can restore the OS with the preservation of personal data or with their complete deletion. To continue, just click on the line you want.
  12. Specify the type of Windows 10 system recovery

  13. The computer will then restart. After a while, a list of users will appear on the screen. Select the account under which the operating system will be restored.
  14. Choosing a Windows 10 recovery account

  15. If your account has a password, you will need to enter it in the next step. We do this, after which we press the button "Proceed" ... If you did not install the security key, then just press "Proceed" .
  16. Enter the profile password when restoring Windows 10

  17. After a few minutes, the system will prepare everything for recovery. You just have to press a button "Return to original state" in the next window.
  18. Click the Reset button in Windows 10

Further events will develop in the same way as in the previous method: you will see on the screen several additional stages of preparation for recovery and the reset process itself. Upon completion of the operation, a document with a list of deleted applications will be on the desktop.

Restore a previous build of Windows 10

Microsoft periodically releases new assemblies of the Windows 10 operating system. But such updates do not always have a positive effect on the operation of the entire operating system. There are times when such innovations cause critical errors due to which the device breaks down (for example, the blue screen of death on boot, etc.). This method will allow you to roll back to a previous build of Windows 10 and get the system back to work.

Immediately, we note that we will consider two situations: when the OS is running and when it flatly refuses to boot.

Method 1: Without starting Windows

If you are unable to start the OS, then to use this method you will need a disk or USB flash drive with Windows 10 recorded. In one of our previous articles, we talked about the process of creating such drives.

Read more: Create a bootable USB stick or disk with Windows 10

Having on hand one of the indicated drives, you need to do the following:

  1. First, we connect the drive to a computer or laptop.
  2. Then we turn on the PC or reboot (if it was turned on).
  3. The next step is to challenge "Boot Menu" ... To do this, during the reboot, press one of the special keys on the keyboard. What kind of key you have depends only on the manufacturer and series of the motherboard or laptop. Most often "Boot Menu" called by pressing "Esc" , "F1" , "F2" , "F8" , "F10" , "F11" , "F12" or "Del" ... On laptops, sometimes these keys must be pressed in combination with "Fn" ... In the end, you should get something like the following:
  4. Launching the Boot menu on Windows 10

  5. В "Boot Menu" use the arrows on the keyboard to select the device on which the OS was previously recorded. After that we press "Enter" .
  6. After a while, a standard Windows installation window will appear on the screen. Press the button in it "Further" .
  7. Click the Next button in the Windows 10 installation window

  8. When the next window appears, you need to click on the inscription "System Restore" at the bottom.
  9. Press the System Restore button in the Windows 10 installation window

  10. Next, in the list of action selections, click on the item Troubleshooting .
  11. We press the button Troubleshooting

  12. Then you should select the item "Return to the previous build" .
  13. Click the Return to Previous Build button in the Windows 10 boot menu

  14. In the next step, you will be prompted to select the operating system to rollback to. If you have one OS installed, then the button, respectively, will also be one. Click on it.
  15. Select the operating system for recovery from the list

  16. After that, you will see a notification that your personal data will not be deleted as a result of recovery. But all program changes and parameters will be uninstalled during the rollback. Press the button to continue the operation. "Roll back to the previous build" .
  17. Launching a rollback to the previous build on Windows 10

Now all that remains is to wait until all the stages of preparation and execution of the operation are over. As a result, the system will roll back to an earlier build, after which you can copy your personal data or just continue using the computer.

Method 2: From the Windows operating system

If your operating system boots, then you don't need external media with Windows 10 to rollback the assembly. You just need to follow these simple steps:

  1. We repeat the first four points, which are described in the second method of this article.
  2. When the window appears on the screen "Diagnostics" , press the button "Extra options" .
  3. Click the Advanced Options button in the Windows 10 Diagnostics window

  4. Further in the list we find the button "Return to the previous build" and click on it.
  5. Press the button to return to the previous assembly

  6. The system will immediately reboot. After a few seconds, you will see a window on the screen in which you need to select a user profile for recovery. Click LMB on the required account.
  7. Choosing an account to rollback Windows 10 build

  8. At the next stage, enter the password for the previously selected profile and press the button "Proceed" ... If you do not have a password, you do not need to fill in the fields. You just need to continue.
  9. Enter, if necessary, a password to rollback the assembly

  10. At the very end, you will see a message with general information. In order to start the rollback process, click the button marked in the image below.
  11. We start the process of rolling back to the previous build of Windows 10

    It remains only to wait for the end of the operation being performed. After some time, the system will perform a recovery and will be ready for use again.

This concludes our article. Using the guides above, you can easily return the system to its original appearance. If this does not give you the desired result, then you should already think about reinstalling the operating system.

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Restoring Windows 10 is essential to get your system back to a stable state. Windows 10 has many recovery options in stock, from returning the system from a restore point to creating a complete backup of the system to another hard drive. Let's take a look at Windows 10 recovery with all the possible ways to implement it.

Windows 10 Recovery - Reset in Settings

If your operating system was able to start on the computer in normal mode, then you can roll back Windows 10 to a working state through the settings:

  • Press Win + I and select "Update & Security".

Windows 10 recovery

  • Go to the "Recovery" section and click "Start" opposite the first item (return the PC to its original state).

Windows 10 recovery

  • An option with or without saving files will be offered. Choose the one that suits you in a specific situation. The first one permits the storage of personal data. If the files for recovery are not found on the computer, you will see the error "The recovery environment cannot be found." Continue to the next recovery option.

Windows 10 recovery

  • If you chose "Delete all", the next sub-item specifies your actions: delete files or completely clear the drive. It is recommended to click the second item if you plan to transfer your PC into the hands of another full-fledged owner. In the last window, a summary will appear on the screen, which will be reset based on the decisions you made. If you agree, click "Reset".

Windows 10 recovery

  • The subsequent recovery procedure will take some time. The computer may reboot several times, and when the Windows 10 computer is restored, you can work with a clean operating system.

If you selected the "Keep personal files" option, there will be a Windows.old folder on the system drive with all user data and files from the previous OS.

Windows 10 Recovery - New Startup Feature

In newer versions, restoring your Windows 10 computer can now be done with the New Start feature. This option allows you to return the OS to its original state without any user-installed programs. But, all personal files of the user remain in the system. The option is available for implementation through the "Parameters":

  • Press Win + I, open Update & Security and select Recovery.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Scroll down to the "Learn how to start over with a clean install of Windows" line and click on it.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Click “affirmative” on this notification.

Windows 10 recovery

  • In the new window, select "Get Started".

Windows 10 recovery

  • Read the information and start resetting to clean Windows while preserving your personal data and settings.

Windows 10 recovery

  • The waiting time is 20 minutes or more (depending on the speed of the drive and the amount of processed user data, including).

Windows 10 recovery

Just in case, the operating system saves files that allow you to revert to the state of Windows 10 before this recovery. To free some memory on the system partition when you enter a clean OS:

  • right-click on the "C" drive, and select "Properties" - "Disk Cleanup".

Windows 10 recovery

  • Select "Previous Windows installations" and related files if you no longer need them and click "OK".

Windows 10 recovery

More than 10 GB of free disk space is guaranteed to you.

Windows 10 restore points

The operating system has a tool that allows you to save its state before making a critical change in its work. Such a trigger can be a system update, drivers, installation or removal of software.

The tool is able to automatically create such points and manually by the user. To use it in the future, you need to take care of creating a Windows 10 restore point:

  • In the search box, start typing "Create" and pull up the desired line.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Select "Customize".

Windows 10 recovery

  • Choose what percentage of memory will be occupied by the created points. In this case, the checkbox should be set opposite "Enable system protection".

Windows 10 recovery

  • Click OK. the system will then automatically create save points. But to create a point right here and now, click "Create".

Windows 10 recovery

  • Give it a name and click on the "Create" button.

Windows 10 recovery

To restore the PC, you need to roll it back to one of the list (or the only one that was created manually) points:

  • In the "System Protection" tab, select "Restore".

Windows 10 recovery

  • Next, click on the point to restore and select "Next".

Windows 10 recovery

  • Review the details and click Finish. The PC will reboot with the required changes.

Windows 10 recovery

Recovering Windows 10 from a system image

If you did not create any restore points, and Windows 10 does not have files for resuscitation on the system volume, you can connect the necessary links from the installation DVD / flash drive, which was created from the image for installing Windows 10.

This image contains a component such as WINRE (Windows Recovery Environment). Having prepared such a Windows 10 recovery drive, you can work with the "Special boot options" section.

Windows 10 recovery

Also, Windows 10 recovery can be activated from a USB flash drive even if you cannot enter the OS system in normal mode.

Create bootable media

To make this drive, on a working computer:

Windows 10 recovery

  • Select the location to save the file.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Run the utility file.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Agree to the Microsoft license.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Select Create Installation Media. At the same time, plug the drive into a USB port or a DVD into the drive for recording.

Windows 10 recovery

Windows 10 recovery

  • Select the USB storage option to write directly to a USB flash drive. If you select an ISO file, a virtual image will be created on the PC first, which must be written to the media using an Ultra-ISO utility or analogs.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Select a device and start recording.

Windows 10 recovery

After the installation media is ready, connect it to the PC that needs system repair. If the OS is activated in normal mode, press Win + I, go to the "Update and Security" - "Recovery" section and click the option to restart the PC in front of "Special boot options".

Windows 10 recovery

If there are obvious problems with starting, you should change the boot priorities of the computer so that it temporarily turns to the bootloader with the Windows 10 installation data.

Windows 10 Recovery - Launch Recovery Environment

It will help to boot from the correct media by changing the priorities in the UEFI interface:

  • Start up the powered off computer and press the "del" button to bring up the UEFI interface before the normal start of the operating system. If your device is an earlier version, then most likely you have a BIOS. In this case, the download priority is visually set differently. Read this article.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Click "Advanced Mode" in the upper right corner and select the same item in the refinement menu.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Go to the "Boot" section and click on "Hard Drive".

Windows 10 recovery

  • Opposite "Boot option # 1", from the drop-down list, select the flash drive or disk from which you need to boot.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Click "Exit" and then "Save Changes vs Reset" to reboot the device and then run the data from the installation flash drive.

Windows 10 recovery

  • When the launch window appears, click Next.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Select "System Restore".

Windows 10 recovery

  • Click on Diagnostics, then Advanced Options.

Windows 10 recovery

This menu contains the available Windows 10 recovery options:

  1. System Restore only works with previously created points. If they have not been created before, the option will not work.
  2. System Image Restore - returns the system to work using the installation media files (helps in 99% of cases).
  3. Startup Repair - launches an environment to troubleshoot errors and various bootloader problems that prevent Windows 10 from starting normally.
  4. Command line - using various commands to reanimate the OS.
  5. Return to the previous assembly - allows you to return the PC to the previous major assembly if such files remain in the computer's memory.

Choose one of the methods to resume your PC.

Windows 10 Startup Repair

If you sin on the OS bootloader, you can fix this problem using the Startup Repair tool. You can access this tool through the boot modes of Windows 10. If automatic troubleshooting does not work, manual correction is done through the command line:

  • When booting from a USB stick, select "Command Prompt" in the boot options.
  • Enter the commands diskpart, list volume, exit one by one.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Remember what letter is assigned to the volume with the recorded problem Windows Not always it can be drive "C".
  • Then write the command bcdboot C: \ windows, where C is the letter of the desired volume.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Reboot your computer after removing the bootable USB flash drive and check the bootloader.

Windows 10 recovery and possible errors

Errors with a rollback appear when the Windows RE recovery environment in Windows is deactivated, damaged, or deleted during cleaning.

It can be damaged if files were deleted or transferred in the WinSxS folder. This directory serves as a repository for backup copies of OS files before updates, as well as data for all critical installed updates.

It can be found in Disk Cleanup. This information is pulled up in the line "Cleaning Windows Updates".

Windows 10 recovery

If you did not manually delete files from the folder, and also did not clean up updates, try enabling this environment through the command line (with admin rights):

  • After starting CMD, register and run the command reagentc / enable
  • In the first case, you can get the answer "the operation was successful." That's great, WinRE is intact and can be used to recover via Reset in Options, New Start, and Restore Points. These options are mentioned in the first three sections of the article.

Windows 10 recovery

  • In the second case, you will receive "The image of the recovery environment was not found." This means that the environment files are damaged or deleted and needs to be restored.

Windows 10 recovery

Alternatively, you can use a bootable Windows USB stick. However, with a non-working Windows RE environment, you will have to do this even with the slightest disruption to the normal operation of the OS.

Therefore, it is recommended to use the bootable USB flash drive once to repair Windows RE and dispense with "third-party help".

Repairing the recovery environment

To get started, you need a Windows 10 ISO image mounted on a virtual disk or a bootable USB drive / disk with system installation files. After connecting and being able to access these files, follow the instructions:

  • Open File Explorer and click View.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Select "Options" - "Change", again go to the "View" tab.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Scroll to the last item "Hidden files and folders" and select the option "Show".

Windows 10 recovery

  • Using Explorer, open the tidy drive with the Windows 10 installation files and go to the "sources" folder.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Open wim or install.esd file using 7-Zip archiver or its equivalent.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Inside the file, find the 1 \ Windows \ System32 \ Recovery section, extract the Winre.wim file.

Windows 10 recovery

  • Make a copy of the file to the system directory C: \ Windows \ System32 \ Recovery

Windows 10 recovery

  • After that, open a command prompt with admin rights and enter the commands one by one. First: reagentc / setreimage / path C: \ windows \ system32 \ recovery. Second reagentc / enable

Windows 10 recovery

After these operations, the OS recovery environment is functional and allows you to use the rollback functions to default settings without any problems.

If this operation did not help to solve the problem, make a manual backup of important data, erase Windows 10 from the system partition and use the installation drive to install a clean operating system.


Windows 10 recovery functions allow you to "bring back" the top ten when:

  • installing raw and crooked drivers;
  • unsuccessful OS customization;
  • complete chaos caused by virus software.

You can use the rollback options with and without preserving personal data, with the removal of all installed third-party programs. Also, restore points save, especially if the system stopped working normally after the next update from Microsoft. For all options to work, the system needs a working recovery environment.


Folk wisdom : there are two types of people - those who don't make backups yet, and there are those who already make them.

Needless to say, a backup created on time can save a lot of nerves, time and data. In general, Windows 10 (as far as I managed to get acquainted with it) is a rather "stable" system, at least in comparison with the same Windows XP, and it is much more difficult to "kill" it with your inept actions. But still...

In this article, I want to focus on the most common questions regarding Windows recovery, checkpoints and other issues. The article will be useful both for those who just thought about what to do if Windows "flies" tomorrow, and for those who stopped working (errors and crashes began to appear), and for those who no longer load Windows and he wants to get the computer back to work. So, I will consider all the questions in order.

How to configure the creation of points for system recovery

ВImportant note: I don't know why, but in Windows 10, by default, the automatic checkpoint creation function (to which Windows can be rolled back) is disabled ! Therefore, I believe that the first thing in an article of this kind is to show how to enable this feature. What is strange, before that, in Windows 7, 8 - this function was always enabled!

Actions in order

1) First, open Windows control panel , go to the section " System and safety" , then open the section " System "(see screenshot below).

System and security / Windows 10

System and Security / Windows 10

2) Next, open the link on the left " System protection "(see screenshot below).

System protection

System protection

3) After that, you need to select the system drive (on which Windows is installed - it is marked with the icon sistemnyiy-disk-logo) - usually this " local drive C: \ (system) " , and press the button " Tune" .

System properties

System properties

4) Next, three steps in order:

  1. switch the position of the slider to " Enable system protection " ;
  2. move the slider to the right - determine the place that will be given for recovery points;
  3. save the settings (clearly shown in the photo below).
System protection for local disk

System protection for local disk

Now system protection is on, Windows will make backups from time to time. By the way, the more hard disk space you have allocated for backups, the more points you will have. As soon as the space is used up - each new point will overwrite the old one ...

Create a checkpoint manually

By the way, immediately after turning on the automatic creation of points, I recommend creating a point manually (especially if everything is still working as it should for you :)).

To do this, click the " Create a ", the tab is still the same" System protection "(by the way, this button has become active (previously it was impossible to click on it) ).

Create a restore point (the create button is now active!)

Create a restore point (the create button is now active!)

Next, you need to specify the name of the point and click the " Create a "(see screenshot below).

Create a recovery point

Create a restore point

After that, Windows will "think" for a minute or two, and the checkpoint will be created (by the way, Windows will notify you about this in a separate window). Actually, this is all about "manual" work ...

Note! Create a restore point in manual mode I always recommend when you are going to change drivers (for example), or perform any actions with the system registry.

Launching recovery from Windows

How to open the recovery window (option 1)

Open the Windows Control Panel at the following address: Control Panel \ System and Security \ System

Next, on the left, open the link " System protection "(see screenshot below).

Protecting your Windows 10 system

Protecting your Windows 10 system

Then in the window that opens - click the " Reestablish "(shown in the screenshot below).

System Properties - Restore

System Properties - Restore

After that, a window should appear " System Restore ". Windows will warn you that this operation will not affect your documents, but the drivers and programs installed before creating the restore point will be removed. Further ...

Restoration of system files, parameters

Restoration of system files, parameters

After that, a window with points for recovery will appear. Now you need to select the desired point and click on.

Choosing a restore point

By default, Windows picks the most recent (ie, most recent) point and prompts you to agree and click next. Not always the last point - will solve the problem. You need to select the point at which your Windows was working normally. You can navigate by the date of creation of the point and its description.


  1. some points can be marked as "critical". This is okay, usually, they are created when the system is updated;
  2. if you select a specific point and click the "Search for affected programs" button, you can find out which programs will be changed when you roll back the system. For example, you will find out which programs will not work after a rollback - i.e. they will have to be reinstalled.
Restoring your computer to a previous state

Restoring your computer to a previous state

The last step is to agree and confirm to rollback the system to the previously created restore point. The computer will then restart and the changes will take effect.

System Restore

System Restore: Confirm Rollback

The second way to open the recovery window

There is another faster and easier way to open the recovery window in Windows 10. To do this:

  1. open the search window (the "magnifying glass" icon is next to the START button);
  2. enter the word " recovery "(most likely, you won't have to enter the entire word);
  3. among the results found, open the one you need (the screenshot below illustrates each step).
Windows 10 - START: how to open the recovery window

Windows 10 - START: how to open the recovery window

Further, the recovery procedure is similar: you also need to select the point to which the rollback will be made, confirm the operation ...

How to roll back Windows 10 to a restore point if your computer won't boot

It's good when Windows at least boots and you can normally open the control panel, the security section and enable the rollback function. And when is it not loaded? In this case, you need an installation DVD or a USB flash drive. In my article I will focus on the second :). So, first things first ...

Preparing and creating a bootable USB flash drive (if it is not there)

In general, I advise more than once, but it is better with the USB flash drive with which you installed Windows - do nothing, save it and have it in reserve. Such a flash drive will help you out more than once. If your Windows does not boot, and you do not have such a flash drive, you will have to ask for the help of a friend, neighbor (if there is no second PC / laptop).

bootable USB drive

Remark! In order not to repeat myself (especially since the topic is extensive), I recommend that you read the following article on my website: The article provides all kinds of options for creating bootable flash drives: Windows Xp / 7/8/10, UEFI, multiboot, etc.

BIOS settings. Selecting bootable media (ie "our" flash drive)

To boot from an installation USB flash drive with Windows, you need to configure the BIOS accordingly. In general, there is nothing complicated in setting up the BIOS (in terms of changing the boot order) - no. Rather, the problem is more often found in an incorrectly written bootable media.

In general, in my opinion, it is much more convenient to use a special boot menu - Boot Menu (English name). It can be called when the computer / laptop is turned on. The bottom line is that in this menu you can select the device from which to boot the computer (without going into the BIOS at all!).

Hotkeys to enter the Boot Menu, each manufacturer has its own, for example, for Acer laptops - F12, for Samsung - Esc. Press them immediately after turning on the computer / laptop. After that, usually, a special menu appears in which we must select our carrier (an example is shown below). An extended list of manufacturers is also available at the link below.

Hot keys (buttons): BIOS boot menu, Boot Menu, Boot Agent, BIOS Setup. Laptops and Computers -

An example of a Boot Menu is an HP laptop (Boot Option Menu).

An example of a Boot Menu is an HP laptop (Boot Option Menu).

Roll back the system using a restore point

If the USB flash drive is recorded correctly, the Bios is configured correctly, then the Windows installation should start. Please note that on the screen on which you will be prompted to install the OS - at the bottom of the window there is a link " System Restore ", and you need to press it (see the screenshot below, note: green arrow).

Windows 10 - start installation

Windows 10 - start installation

Next, a screen with a choice of action should open: you need to open the " Diagnostics (returning the computer to its original state or using additional tools) ".

Action selection

Action selection

Then open the link " Extra options ".



In additional parameters - select the very first tab " System Restore (System Restore Using a Restore Point) "(see screenshot below).

System recovery / windows-10

System Restore / Windows-10

Then a standard window should open with a proposal to roll back the system to the point created in advance.

Recovery start

Recovery start

There is no point in describing all the steps further - everything will be the same as if we launched the program from Windows, and this has already been described in the first part of the article ...

Restore boot records

By the way, it is not always necessary to look for a backup point and roll the computer back to it. When Windows stops (all of a sudden, for no reason) to boot, most often, this is due to corrupted boot records.

To restore them, it is enough in the " Extra options "(see the previous step of the article) select the tab not" System Restore ", and " Startup recovery "(see screenshot below: green arrow under number 2).

Windows itself will automatically diagnose and try to restore functionality.

Startup recovery

Startup recovery

Addition. Even in cases when the OS informs you that the attempt to restore the boot records failed - try restarting the computer, not once in my "practice" (despite this error), after such a procedure, Windows was successfully loaded.

Creating a complete system image

In Windows 10, there is one not bad backup option - creating an image of the entire system on a separate disk or DVD disks (several pieces are required, in my opinion it is better to use an external hard disk, or a second disk - if you have 2+ of them in the system).

The difference between this method and classic restore points is that this method creates a complete archive with all programs, drivers, user files, settings, shortcuts, etc. that are in the system.

Note. It makes sense to create such an image when you have everything set up and everything works well. Usually, this time comes after 2-3 days after installing Windows.

Create an image

1) First you open control Panel , then the section " system and safety "then" Backup and recovery "(an example is shown in the screenshot below).

System and security - backup

System and security - backup

2) Next, in the menu on the left you need to click the link " System imaging ".

System imaging

System imaging

3) Now you need to specify the medium to which the image will be saved. Usually, they choose an external hard drive (or a "big" 64 GB flash drive, 128 GB, for example).

Where will the archive with the system be stored

Where will the archive with the system be stored

4) Here you need to specify which disks you want to archive. Windows, by default, includes the drive on which it is installed and several system partitions. If this is not enough for you, you can enable other local drives as well.

Note. Pay attention to the location that will be needed for archiving. Windows will show you the free space on your media and the required backup space. If you select a few more local disks, the required backup space will grow proportionally to the selected disks.

Selecting disks to be archived

Selecting disks to be archived

Using the image. When you start having "problems" with Windows 10, you can quickly and easily roll back it completely to its previous state using this image. There are 2 ways to start recovery from such an image:

  1. - use a recovery disk;
  2. - in the Windows setup program, select: Diagnostics / Advanced options / System image recovery.

Addition .By the way, you can do a complete cloning of a hard drive using third-party programs (many of them, let's face it, have much more options and are more convenient to use than standard Windows tools). For example, such programs are: Acronis True Image, EASEUS Disk Copy, Paragon Drive Backup Personal, etc.

Fixing performance + cleaning Windows from viruses using AVZ

It's no secret that viruses and adware are often the cause of Windows problems. This is often the reason why many users want to restore their Windows OS. If you start to see advertising banners on your desktop, on sites (where they were not there before), the browser constantly opens tabs (which you did not ask it to open) - most likely you have picked up adware (this "infection" is very popular now).

To get rid of all this "goodness" and restore the computer's performance, I recommend using the utility - AVZ .


Developer site:


One of the best antivirus utilities, it doesn't need to be installed. Works with all popular versions of Windows: XP, 7, 8, 10. The main tasks solved in it:

  • - Removal of SpyWare and AdWare inserts, modules (more relevant than ever - ads and other "good" constantly pop up in browsers);
  • - Search and elimination of Dialer (Trojan.Dialer);
  • - neutralization of Trojans;
  • - closing holes (BackDoor);
  • - removal of network and mail worms;
  • - neutralization: TrojanSpy, TrojanDownloader, TrojanDropper, etc.

In addition to neutralizing viruses, this program can restore system settings, close some "holes" by setting optimal parameters. Let's get down to business :).

I recommend doing three things in AVZ

1) Check for viruses

This is the first thing to start with AVZ. Even if you have an antivirus installed, it will still not be superfluous to drive the AVZ computer away. The fact is that this antivirus utility "sees" and finds a lot of "good" that ordinary antiviruses miss.

To scan your computer for viruses - run AVZ, select disks (be sure to select the system drive) and click the START button. Fortunately, scanning is fast enough (relative to third-party programs of a similar kind).

Virus check in AVZ

Virus check in AVZ

2) Troubleshooting Wizard

The second thing I recommend is to set the optimal parameters (it's no secret that not all default settings in Windows provide the optimal level of security). So, AVZ finds such problematic settings and invites you to fix them (the program fixes them itself in automatic mode).

To run a similar wizard: go to the menu " File "and select" Troubleshooting Wizard ".

Troubleshooting Wizard

Troubleshooting Wizard

3) Restore system settings

Quite often, "problems" with Windows also occur due to the fact that viruses and adware change some system files, edit files, and add "malicious" lines to them. Because of this, for example, you get ads in your browser, even on those sites where they shouldn't be!

You can also restore many system settings in AVZ, if you go to the address: " File / System Restore ". The program will offer a whole list of various options for recovery (all options are shown in the screenshot below).

Restoring system settings

Restoring system settings

Note.  If you unknowingly tick off all the items and click restore, then nothing criminal will happen, just the system settings will return to their original form, as if you had just installed Windows.

On the sim, I will round off, a successful and quick fix of Windows!


Useful software:

  • video editing
  • Video Editing
  • Great software to start creating your own videos (all steps follow!). Even a beginner will make a video!
  • optimization utility
  • Computer accelerator
  • A program for cleaning Windows from garbage (speeds up the system, removes garbage, optimizes the registry).

Windows 10 recovery

How to run System Restore in Windows 10

Restoring Windows 10 allows you to return the operating system to a working or original state from an automatically or manually created system rollback point or a complete system image stored on the hard drive.

Also in the toolbox "dozens" there is a tool for performing an OS reset, which will save you from a lengthy reinstallation of Windows 10, and the creation of a recovery flash drive necessary to resume the functioning of the operating system in critical situations (when Windows 10 does not boot and does not provide an opportunity to get into the recovery environment) ...

The proposed instruction article tells about all the tools that make up the system recovery environment in Windows 10, the mechanisms of their functioning, how to use this or that function and the effectiveness of recovery methods in certain situations.

Before starting to study the material, it is recommended that you read the instructions on how to restore the operating system bootloader, check its files for integrity and restore damaged registry files.

Safe mode

1. We start from the bootable media with the Windows 10 distribution using the Boot Menu.

2. Specify the "Russian" language, click "Next".

3. In the next window, click on the "System Restore" link.

4. We execute the command "bcdedit / set safeboot minimal" for the subsequent start of the computer in safe mode.

5. Reboot by closing all windows.

After starting the computer, you can start solving the problem that prevents the normal start / operation of the PC.

We return the computer / laptop to its original state

The most notable recovery feature that came with Windows 10 is revert Windows to its original state. You can use it through the "Parameters".

1. Call the menu using Win → I.

2. Go to the "Update / Security" section.

3. Click on the "Recovery" tab.

This opportunity should be used as a last resort, when the options below did not help solve the problem, because in the end you will get a clean, only installed operating system with or without personal data, depending on the specified parameters.

4. Click "Start", after which a dialog will appear prompting you to specify the parameters for resetting the operating system.

There is one more way to call the reset dialog of the operating system even without authorization in the system. Everything is done on the authorization screen. To access the function, press the "Restart" icon while holding down the Shift key. After restarting the computer, click on the "Diagnostics" icon, then click on the button to return the system to its original state.

The advantages of this method are that there is no need to have an installation disk / flash drive and all actions are performed automatically without any user intervention.

There is only one drawback - when the user deletes the system image or the location of this file in the damaged sectors of the hard disk, it will not be possible to perform a quick reinstallation, but here in the arsenal of the “dozens” there are several additional tools: using the system recovery disk if available (a very rare occurrence) and backup Windows 10 using OS tools on a non-system volume.

Windows 10 recovery flash drive

The tool is called a Windows recovery disk, but in the top ten it should be renamed into a recovery flash drive (we will use this very term).

If earlier in the OS from Microsoft there were utilities for performing automatic reanimation of the system, which in most cases only tried to do something, then in the top ten there is an option to create a system image for the subsequent return of the system volume to the state imprinted in this image by automatically reinstalling the OS , as discussed in the section above.

A similar image is created in the following way:

1. Call the Control Panel applet called "Recovery".

2. Find the link "Create a recovery disc" in the vertical menu on the left.

3. We mark the option of backing up system files to a recovery flash drive in order to be able to perform an instant reinstallation of the "dozens".

4. Upon completion of all write operations or, if necessary, boot from the created drive using the Boot Menu function.

5. In the action selection window, go to the "Diagnostics" section.

While in it, we will open the opportunity to perform the following operations:

  • using a flash drive with an image, return Windows 10 to its previous state;
  • visit the UEFI / BIOS options;
  • to resort to resuscitation of the "ten" by means of the rollback point;
  • run through the command line, for example, to create a copy of the bootloader on the corresponding volume;
  • restore Windows 10 from a full OS image.

The presence of such a flash drive in the case of the "ten" is much more useful than even the installation one, although the latter allows you to start some of the operating system recovery operations on the screen with the "Install" button immediately after choosing the language.

We create a complete image of the system's resuscitation

It is not necessary to form a snapshot in the first hours of the new OS functioning, this can be done a couple of days after reinstalling it, so that Windows gets used to it and is brought to a normal functioning state, but does not have time to acquire garbage files and registry keys.

1. The process begins with cleaning the C: drive from the system registry and uninstalling programs that were unnecessary.

2. Next, visit the Control Panel.

3. Open the "File History" applet, then click "System Image Backup".

4. In the vertical menu, click on the link "Create a system image".

5. Determine the storage location for the operating system snapshot and the partitions that will be backed up (it is best to specify a removable drive).

Once the system files have been compressed and transferred to the specified digital media, you can use it to quickly revert Windows 10 to an imaged state. In order to start image recovery, you need to boot the computer from the USB flash drive on which the file is stored, or through the Windows 10 installer ("Diagnostics" - "Advanced options" - "OS image recovery").

Windows 10 rollback points

There are no innovations with this function, all its capabilities work as in previous versions of the OS. It provides a chance to return the system to one of the preserved states through the recovery environment or in a running operating system. To take full advantage of the feature, it must be activated. You can check the status through the Control Panel applet under the name "Recovery". In the window, click "Configure System Restore".

To change the parameters, click "Configure" and specify the space allocated for storing rollback points on the system disk.

When using a licensed image, this function is activated, but if you installed Windows 10 downloaded from pirated sites, the author of the assembly may have deactivated this function. How do I enable System Restore? Select the system partition, click "Configure" and move the checkbox to the "Enable system protection" item.

Typically, rollback points are generated automatically when a user or any application makes changes to system files, settings, services and registry settings. The option to manually create restore points is also available. In the "System Properties" window, click "Create" and enter the name of the snapshot to make it easier to identify it.

To operate the system rollback function through one of the restore points, go to the same applet and click "Start System Restore". In the case when Windows 10 does not start, we boot from a recovery disk or installation distribution and call "System Restore" through "Advanced options" in the diagnostic window.

File history

Another innovation in Windows 10, which allows you to make and store backup copies of the specified files (often text documents and various projects) and extract the desired copy of the file from the backup if necessary.

As you can see, the "top ten" has an extended set of effective functions to return the system to a working state in any cases and without reinstalling the OS. In addition to all the listed tools, you should definitely include the function of repairing the bootloader using Windows 10 tools.

Windows 10 OS recovery: reinstall, boot, rollback to previous OS

If you are interested in restoring Windows 10, then you have come to the right place.

"Ten", like any operating system of the Windows family, is prone to failures.

However, they are rarely fatal and irreversible, since the system includes powerful recovery mechanisms.

Let's figure out how to get Windows 10 back to work without using third-party programs.

System Restore

This option will help fix errors that appeared after installing software, Windows updates, changes in the registry, and the like.

The resume function allows you to revert registry settings and protected system files to a previously saved state - to one of the checkpoints that Windows creates automatically. This does not affect the user's documents.

Regeneration points in the "tens" are created before installing programs, drivers, system updates, or just every 7 days. In addition, the user can create them manually.


  • Go to the control panel, open the "Recovery" applet and select "Start System Restore" from the list of commands.
  • Select the checkpoint created before the crash and click Finish.

  • During the execution of the task, the computer will be restarted. After 5-7 minutes, Windows 10 will return to the state that preceded the problem.

The resumption of the system is also available when Windows 10 does not start. If the download fails, you will see the following instead of the welcome window:

By clicking the "Additional recovery options" button, you will be offered a choice of action. Here you need to click on the "Diagnostics" item.

And then - "System Restore".

After that, the already familiar window will open to you with a proposal to select a control point. Follow the instructions and wait for the wizard to finish.

Restoring your computer to its original state

This option will help you deal with errors that System Resume does not fix, or where suitable checkpoints are missing or not generated.

Restoring Windows 10 to its original state can be done:

  • With the preservation of user files and a number of preinstalled programs. In this case, all system settings, drivers and software installed by the user will be reset.
  • Without saving personal data, programs and settings. This option reverts the system to a clean install state. No user information will remain in it.

Important! On computers and laptops where Windows 10 was installed by the manufacturer, a third option may be available - restoring to factory settings. This deletes not only user data and settings, but also the contents of non-system hard disk partitions.

Returning to the factory state without saving personal information is used as a last resort - an alternative to reinstalling the system in case of intractable failures, as well as before selling the computer or transferring it to another user.

How to return Windows 10 to its original state

  • Open the Start menu and click the "Options" button.

  • Select Update & Security from the list of options.

  • Then select "Recovery".

  • In the Reset this computer section, click the Get Started button.

  • Then select the option you need: "Keep my files" or "Delete everything".

In about 40-60 minutes, Windows 10 will be back online.

Rollback to a previous version of the system (Windows 7 or 8)

This method is available only to those who installed the "ten" in the order of updating the previous OS - "seven" or "eight". And it is possible only within a month after the update.

This will save the user's files in personal folders, drivers, software and settings of the previous system, and everything that was in Windows 10 will be deleted.

To roll back to the originally installed OS, launch the Settings app from the Start menu, open Update & Security, then Recovery, and select Revert to Windows 8.1 (7).

If this item is not in the parameter list, then the function is unavailable. It will also be unavailable if the user has deleted the Windows.old folder from the system partition of the hard disk.

Reinstall Windows 10 from a recovery drive

This option will be useful to those who previously created a Windows 10 regeneration disk. A backup copy of the system with operable parameters is saved on it.

To create a recovery disc, do the following:

  • prepare a blank DVD or USB flash drive (the minimum storage capacity is determined individually) and connect to a computer;
  • open the "Recovery" section in the control panel, select "Create a recovery disc" and follow the instructions.

The finished Windows backup media must be stored in a safe place and not used for anything else.

How to restore Windows 10 from a backup

If the system boots, open Settings -> Update & Security -> Recovery and Reset your computer. After rebooting into the recovery environment, select the "Diagnostics" and "System Image Restore" section.

Advice! If the system does not boot, you need to start the computer from the disk with the distribution kit, but instead of installing (Install now) select "Repair your computer".

Next, connect the Windows 10 backup media and follow the instructions:

  • Select the system image for the desired number.
  • If necessary, specify additional options, such as formatting the disk.
  • Confirm your consent to the rollback and wait for it to complete.

Windows will be automatically restored while saving user files, software and settings. The system state will be the same as when the backup was created.

Windows 10 boot repair

Resuming the Windows 10 bootloader is also done by starting the PC from the tens installation disc.

The procedure is as follows:

  • Connect the drive with the Windows 10 distribution to your computer.
  • Select "Repair your computer" instead of installing.
  • In the Select Action window, click Diagnostics.
  • Next, in the list of additional options, select "Startup Repair".

In some cases, automatic startup recovery does not give results. Then manual overwriting of the bootloader files and the boot partition of the hard drive can help. How to do it:

  • Open a command prompt in the Advanced Options window.

  • Follow the instruction bcdboot.exe X: Windows where X: - the letter of the system partition on the hard disk.

In the Recovery environment, partition letters are often not the same as those assigned in Windows. To determine them, you can use the console utility Diskpart from the distribution kit of the system. Type in the command line one by one:


List disk

Sel disk 0 (or 1, 2, 3 - depends on where the bootloader is located if there are several physical drives on the PC)

Detail disk

In our example, the letter C is assigned to the boot partition, which means that the restore command is written as follows: bcdboot.exe From: Windows .

To fix a boot failure on hard drives with MBR markup, you need to run 2 more commands in the console: bootrec / fixmbr и bootrec / fixboot. The boot partition code will be overwritten.

How to restore Windows 10 system files

To restore protected system files in Windows 10, use the application SFC.exe launched on the command line with the parameter / scannow ... Scanning and fixing takes about 20-40 minutes.

When the SFC finishes running, a report (CBS.log) will be generated and saved in the C: WindowsLogs folder. From it you can find out which files were damaged and recovered.

Windows 10 recovery

Although Windows 10 is highly functional and stable, it may need to be restored

Windows 10 System Restore

Windows 10 recovery

Windows 10 does not see a USB flash drive

The camera does not work on a laptop with Windows 10

The language on the keyboard does not change in Windows 10

Audio output device not installed on Windows 10

Games won't start on Windows 10

Windows 10, the restoration of which can return the computer to its original state, has several options for this action, let's figure out how to restore the Windows 10 system!

Since the OS itself is a rather complexly organized structure, the frequent occurrence of problems and errors is understandable. On the other hand, like any complex system, Windows also has tools for its recovery, knowledge of which can help you to "revive" your computer relatively easily and without significant losses and save important data.

How to restore Windows 10

It goes without saying that the notorious Windows 10 system recovery tools differ in the specifics of their work and in terms of the end result. These will be discussed below. To begin with, it is necessary to concretize the situations in which it makes sense to return the OS to a previous state.

Windows 10 does not work correctly, and an update (standard for the OS itself or driver) or some application was also recently installed. Most likely, the reason is precisely what was recently established. In this situation, you can use a fallback to a restore point. This can be done in several ways: In the command line, run the command as administrator, type rstrui - the return to point interface will open.

Also, this window can be accessed through the control panel - Recovery.

Clicking on "Start System Restore" will open the interface already familiar to us.

After clicking on "Next" we will be presented with a list of restore points.

After selecting a point and clicking on the "Next" button, the return process will begin, which takes several minutes (from 10-15 and more). This process affects installed applications and custom files that have been modified since the point was created. In order to be able to perform Windows 10 recovery using restore points, you need to make sure that they are created automatically. To do this, in the Control Panel - Restore window, select "System Restore Settings".

In the table of available disks, you need to check if OS protection is enabled. If enabled, restore points are created automatically. If not, the point will only be created manually. To create a point, click "Create" and specify the name of the created point.

To enable automatic creation of points (Windows OS protection), click "Configure ..." and select "Enable system protection".

If you cannot log in, you can use this function through the recovery environment (WinRE). There are several ways to get there:

  • On the lock screen (password entry), you need to click "Shut down", hold down the Shift key and click "Restart". After rebooting, select "Diagnostics" - "Additional parameters" - "Command line" - execute the rstrui command.
  • Turn the computer off and on using the power button several times (not the safest way). These manipulations will also allow you to enter the recovery environment and take further actions.

Windows 10 is not working correctly, but there have been no updates or any applications installed recently.

This option is more controversial. The reason for the malfunctioning of the system may not be so obvious. In this case, returning Windows 10 to its original state can help. To do this, you need to open Options, then "Update and Security".

Next, select "Recovery".

To start the process, you must click "Start".

If the system does not boot, then you can enter the recovery environment (the methods are described in the previous paragraph) and select "Diagnostics" - "Return the computer to its original state." At the same time, we can be offered options for restoring the Windows 10 system:

  • Save files - as a result, the OS will be reinstalled with all personal files saved, but the installed drivers and applications will be deleted, all changes made to the settings and all applications preinstalled by the manufacturer will be deleted (If you purchased a computer with Windows 10 installed, applications from your computer manufacturer will be reinstalled).
  • Remove everything - as a result, Windows 10 will be reinstalled with removal of personal files, installed applications and drivers will be removed, all changes made to settings and all applications preinstalled by the manufacturer will be removed (If you bought a device with Windows 10 already installed, then the applications from the computer manufacturer will be automatically reinstalled). This option is also best used if you are going to recycle or sell your computer, it can take several hours to clean up the disk, but after that it becomes very difficult to get the data back.
  • Reset to factory settings (if available) - As a result, Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10 will be reinstaling with the removal of personal files, the installed drivers and applications will be removed, all changes made to parameters will also be removed, and reinstalled all applications, pre-installed Manufacturer. Important! After completing this procedure, the return option to the previous assembly will be available.

The system is not loaded and the recovery disc was created earlier. To use this option, you must connect the disk to the computer. Next, by downloading the recovery environment (WinR), you need to select "Troubleshooting" - "Advanced Parameters" - "System Restore". As a result, recently installed programs, updates for a system or office, as well as drivers that can provoke problems on a computer, but personal files will remain intact. Also, if there is a disk, it is possible to return to the original state (see the previous item). How to create a recovery disk.

The system is not loaded and the recovery disk has not previously been created. In this situation, an installation medium can help, a USB drive from which you can perform a clean system. If there is no such carrier at hand, then it must be created. It can be done in this way:

  • On the work computer, open the Microsoft Software Website.
  • Click "Download tool now", wait until the tool will be loaded and run it.
  • Select "Create an installation media for another computer."
  • Configure the necessary parameters - language, release and architecture (64- or 32-bit system).
  • Follow the instructions for creating an installation media until the process is completed.
  • Connect the newly created installation media to the non-working computer and turn it on.

After that, you need to boot from the installation media and select the "System Restore" option. Next, a set of possible actions is similar to the previous clause of this article.

The computer is not loaded, the recovery disk has not been created and the return to the initial state could not be returned. There are no options in this situation, except for the clean installation. To do this, you will need to create an installation media (how to do this is described in the previous paragraph of the article). In general, the process of installing the system, although it is global for a computer, is still not difficult. The main thing is to properly adjust the download from the installation media. After downloading from it, you must select "Set Now". In the next step, you will be prompted to enter a key to activate the system - you can enter it here or click on the button "I do not have a product key" to continue the installation of the system, the activation in this case will need to be carried out immediately after the desktop appears. After it is proposed to familiarize yourself with the license agreement and accept it to continue. At the next step, you must click "Selective Installation". After that, a window will be displayed with the partitions to which the hard disk is broken. You must select the appropriate section and click "Next". In the process of installing the system, the computer will be rebooted several times. As a result, a clean system will be installed, all applications and drivers will be deleted. Files will be saved in the Windows.Old folder on the C disk, if you wish, you can transfer them from there.

Within a month after updating to Windows 10 (and within 10 days after updating the assembly), it is possible to return to the previous assembly - this will return the computer, programs and files to the state in which the device was immediately before the update. You can start this process either through the "Options" (section "Update and Security" - "Recovery"), or through the recovery environment (WinRE, login methods are described above).

In general, the options described above allow, if not completely return the computer to its usual state, then at least return it to working capacity. All of these options vary in execution time, and the use of each one depends on the original problem.

Restoring Windows 10 from a System Image Backup

Restoring Windows 10 from a backup will help get your computer back to working order in case of serious problems with software or hardware failures. With this method, the system will be completely restored to the state it had at the time of the Windows backup.

Not a single computer is insured against malfunctions, so it is worth protecting yourself in advance from getting into an unpleasant situation. Agree that due to a serious system failure or hard disk breakdown, you can lose important information and lose quite a lot of time that will be spent on installing and configuring Windows, installing the necessary programs.

To prevent this situation, you should create a system backup in advance, so that, if necessary, restore the Windows system image from a backup copy. A Windows 10 backup image includes the contents of the system partition of the hard drive, the contents of the system service partitions, programs, user data, etc.

Instead of a non-working or malfunctioning operating system, the user will receive a fully functional Windows 10, since the backup was performed during a period of time when there were no problems on the computer. All Windows data installed on the computer will be overwritten with data from the backup system image.

Windows 10 built-in recovery mode

The operating system has a built-in Windows recovery mode, with which you can restore the system from a previously created Windows 10 backup. Using the File History tool, you can create a Windows 10 backup by placing a system archive on an external hard drive, network folder, or another carrier.

After an abnormal situation occurs on the PC, the user will be able to perform Windows recovery using the system image file. The recovery process will take less time than installing or reinstalling Windows, do not forget that after installing the system, the user is waiting for the installation of the necessary programs on the computer.

To create a backup copy of the system and then to restore it from the backup, it is not necessary to use Windows recovery tools, the user can use products from third-party manufacturers. There are articles about some of these programs on my site.

In this article, we will look at restoring a Windows 10 system from a previously created system backup image of the system. It is best to store your system backup on removable media. Best option: An external hard drive specifically designed for storing system backups.

In case of minor problems on the computer, you can use the Windows restore function using previously created system restore points, but in case of serious failures on the computer, this option will not help.

Before starting the procedure for restoring the system from the backup, connect the external hard drive with the Windows backup to the computer. On the disk with the system backup, in the "WindowsImageBackup" folder, there is a Windows 10 recovery image.

Launch Windows 10 recovery

The user can start recovery from an archived system image in two ways:

  • start the recovery process from a running Windows operating system;
  • boot to the computer using the recovery disc while the operating system is not working.

In both cases, the recovery process is the same. The only difference is how you run System Restore.

If Windows is not working, you will need a Windows 10 recovery disc, which must be created in advance during the process of creating a system backup. You can use the Windows 10 installation DVD or bootable USB flash drive as a recovery disc.

Then, when the computer boots, you need to enter BIOS (UEFI) to select the boot disk as the boot device. Entering the boot menu or BIOS settings is carried out using the keyboard keys. Notebook and desktop computers use different keys depending on the manufacturer of the computer. Find out in advance on the Internet, the keys used, focusing on the model of your device.

When the Windows 10 operating system is running, the recovery from the system image backup file is launched in the following order:

  1. Enter the Start menu, click on Settings.
  2. In the Windows Settings window, select Update & Security.
  3. In the "Update & Security" section, click on "Recovery".
  4. In the Custom Boot Options setting, click the Restart Now button.

Restoring Windows 10 from a System Image Backup

After restarting the computer, the Select Action window will open. Click on the "Troubleshoot" button.

In the "Diagnostics" window, click on the "Advanced options" button.

In the "Advanced Options" window, click on the "System Image Restore" button.

In the "System Image Restore" window, you must select an account to continue working.

In the next window, you will need to enter the password for your account. To enter the password, if necessary, change the keyboard layout, for example, from Russian to English.

If you do not use a password to log in, leave this field blank.

Click on the "Continue" button.

Then another reboot of the system will occur.

In the "Select an archived system image" window, you must select the system image to restore. After performing a Windows recovery, the data on the computer will be overwritten with the data from the system image.

It is recommended that you select the latest available system image. Select the system image file and then click on the "Next" button.

In the next window "Select additional recovery options" click on the "Next" button.

Review the selected recovery options and then click on the "Finish" button.

In the warning window, click the "Yes" button.

Next, the process of restoring the system from a backup will begin, which can take from several minutes to several hours. The amount of time taken to restore depends on the size of the backup.

After the recovery from the Windows backup image is completed, the computer will restart.

After rebooting, the restored operating system will open on the computer. Windows 10 Backup is complete. The data on the recovered disks has been replaced with data from the system backup.

Conclusions of the article

If the computer crashes due to operating system problems or due to hard disk failure, the user can restore Windows 10, provided that he has previously created a system backup image for recovery. The article describes a method for restoring a system from a backup created using a system tool built into the Windows 10 operating system.

Recovery Windows 10 from system backup (video)

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

All computer owners periodically experience problems with Windows after installing the wrong drivers or making changes to the operating system. You can solve this problem by creating system restore points.

A Windows 10 restore point allows you to return your computer to the last stable state of your computer. When you create a restore point, Windows 10 keeps a backup of your system files. Thus, instead of completely reinstalling Windows after installing some wrong driver or catching a virus, you can simply roll back the system.

Restore points are created before installing Windows updates, and also automatically at the frequency that you specify. The more free hard disk space you reserve for recovery points, the more recovery dates you will have to choose from.

The system allows you to manually create Windows 10 restore points. This may be required, for example, before installing programs that may in some way disrupt the operation of the system. In case something goes wrong, the owner of the computer can always roll back the system to the date when everything worked properly.

Please note that restore points only contain backups of Windows 10 system files that affect the loading of the operating system. Personal folders and files are not included in backups. If you also want to back up your personal files, then you need to make a complete system image.

Windows 10 recovery settings

In order to view the current recovery settings on your computer, right-click on the "Start" menu and go to "Control Panel".

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

Go to the "System and Security" section.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

Go to the "System" section.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

Click in the left column "System Protection".

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

The window that opens contains the protection settings for your disks. Disabled means that no restore points are being made for this disk, but enabled when restore points are being made.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

In my case, restore points are made only for the C drive, on which the operating system is installed. In order to change the settings of the protection parameters, select the disk you are interested in and click the "Configure" button.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

At the top of the window, you can enable or disable the creation of Windows 10 restore points, and at the bottom, indicate how much disk space you are willing to reserve for storing these backups. The larger you specify, the more recovery points will be stored. As this volume fills, old restore points will be erased to make room for new ones. Usually, it is enough to store 2-3 system restore points.

In order to free up space on your hard drive, you can click the "Delete" button to delete all saved restore points.

Create a Windows 10 restore point manually

In order to create a Windows 10 restore point on the previous tab "System Protection" click the "Create" button.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

A window will pop up in which you must somehow name a restore point, in my case, for example, I named it "A restore point before installing an incomprehensible driver." In this case, the date and time of the point creation will be added automatically. After that, click the "Create" button.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

The process of creating a restore point will begin. It usually takes less than a minute. Upon completion, the "Recovery point created successfully" window will appear (see the picture above). Now you can install that incomprehensible driver because of which I was worried and in case of problems, roll back the system using a restore point.

Setting up automatic creation of restore points

As mentioned above, Windows 10 automatically creates restore points before installing updates, and also gives you the ability to do it manually. But as a safety net, it makes sense to configure the automatic creation of recovery points at the time interval you specify, for example, every day.

Right-click on the "Start" menu and go to "Control Panel".

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

In the "Control Panel" in the upper right corner, select "View" - "Small icons" and click on the "Administration" section.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

Open Task Scheduler.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

Alternately double-click on the items "Task Scheduler Library" - "Microsoft" - "Windows" - "System Restore".

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

In the System Restore branch, an SR rule has already been created for creating Windows 10 restore points. We only need to specify the interval at which this rule will be triggered. Double click on the SR rule.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

In the window that opens, go to the "Triggers" tab and click "Create".

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

In the next window, you can set the period when Windows 10 restore points will be created. You can specify daily, weekly, monthly, when the computer starts or when it turns off, and so on.

The period for creating points should be selected based on the reserved space on the hard disk for storing backups, since when this volume is full, the newest recovery points will erase the oldest ones.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

After you have selected the period for creating restore points, click OK.

Roll back Windows 10 to a restore point

Now that we have learned how to create restore points manually and automatically, we will tell you how to recover your system after a failure.

There are several ways to roll back the system using restore points - using the Windows 10 interface, using the command line, and also using diagnostic tools.

System rollback via Windows interface

The easiest way is when you can start Windows 10. In this case, we do everything as at the beginning of the article. Right-click on the Start Menu and go to Control Panel. Then go to the section "System and Security" - "System" - "System Protection". In the "System Protection" window, click the "Restore" button.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

The Restore System Files and Settings Wizard will open. Click Next.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

In the next window, check the box "Show other restore points". This list contains all possible restore points. The left column shows the dates on which the restore points were created. The middle column contains a description so that we can identify the point.

As you can see in the screenshot below, a restore point called "a restore point before installing an incomprehensible driver" that I created in the second chapter of this article is listed as the last one created.

Finally, the right column indicates the type of restore point creation (manual, system, or installation), that is, under what circumstances the backup was created.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

Also, you can click on the restore point of interest and click "Search for affected programs". The window that opens will display a list of programs that will be affected by a rollback to this restore point.

When you have selected a restore point to which we want to roll back the system, click "Next".

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

In the last window, we have to confirm the selected restore point. After clicking the "Finish" button, the system will start the recovery process.

Roll back the system using diagnostic tools

If Windows 10 does not start and the desktop does not load, then the system can be rolled back using a special Windows 10 system recovery environment. When you start the computer, instead of the desktop, you will see a warning that the Windows system did not boot correctly. Click "More Recovery Options".

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

Next, select the "Diagnostics" item.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

In the "Advanced Options" window, click on "System Restore".

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

You will be taken to the already familiar window for selecting restore points where you should select the last stable state of the system and click OK.

Roll back the system using the command line

If the Windows 10 desktop does not load, then you can roll back Windows 10 to the last restore point using the command line.

To do this, during the computer, press F8 until a list of computer boot options appears. Select "Safe Mode with Command Prompt".

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

In the command line that opens, write rstrui.exe and then press Enter.

Windows 10 restore point and system rollback

As a result of this command, you will start the standard system restore wizard to the restore point in the graphical interface.

Create a Windows 10 restore point video

And finally, I suggest you watch a few videos on how to create a restore point and roll back Windows 10 to the latest stable version.

Windows 10, like previous versions of this operating system, is not completely immune to crashes, computer viruses, hardware failure, and other problems. Therefore, if you have any problems when working or loading the OS, you can use the built-in tools to return the operating system to a healthy state.

There are several ways to restore Windows 10.

If the computer boots:

  1. Using a restore point.
  2. Factory reset.
  3. File history.

If the computer does not boot:

  1. Using a recovery drive.
  2. Using the installation disc.

Now let's look at these recovery options in more detail.

Method 1 - Using a System Restore Point

Windows periodically stores information about programs, system settings, drivers, registry, and drivers in system restore points. This occurs before significant changes to the OS, such as installing programs, drivers, or updating the system. You can also create a restore point manually. You can read how to do this in this manual.

It is worth noting that after the restore, your data will remain intact, and the drivers, programs and updates installed after the restore point was created will be deleted.

1. Launch the system properties window (keyboard shortcut Windows + Pause ) and open the item " System protection ".

System protection

2. Click the " Reestablish "And then" Next ". In the list of available restore points, select the desired item and click "Next" again.

System restore points

3. Check the selected parameters again, press the " Done "And then" Yes "in the warning window. The recovery process begins and the computer restarts.

Method 2 - Factory Reset

In Windows 10, it is possible to reset the system settings to their original state. In this case, you can do a full reset or save user files. The advantage of this method is that if you want to reinstall the system, you do not need to install Windows from scratch, you just need to perform a reset.

To use this function, you need to go to the next section: " Computer Settings -> Update & Security -> Recovery -> Reset Computer "And click the" Start "button.

Factory reset

We discussed the process of resetting to factory settings in more detail in this article:

Method 3 - File History

This method is not directly related to system recovery, but in conjunction with other methods can also be useful.

File History allows you to make automatic and manual backups of your files. You just need to activate this function and specify which folders you want to save. The system will automatically make backups of your documents at a frequency that you can customize. If necessary, you can easily restore files of the version you need.

File history in Windows 10

You can read how to enable, configure and use this tool in this article:

Method 4 - Using a recovery disc

If Windows 10 won't boot, you can try reanimating the system using a recovery disc, which will allow you to access additional startup options.

If you don't have a recovery disc yet, follow these instructions:

How to create a Windows 10 recovery drive

After booting from the USB recovery drive, go to the " Diagnostics -> Advanced Options ".

Extra options

Here you can use several options for reanimating your computer:

  1. Restore Windows using a restore point. We have already considered this option above. Its meaning is the same, only the launch is done in a different way.
  2. System image recovery. This method has been known since Windows 7. If you have previously created a system image in Windows, you can easily restore it through a recovery disc. How to create a system image in Windows 10 can be read here:
  3. With the next step, you can try to fix boot errors automatically.
  4. For more advanced users, it is possible to run the command line for system recovery or other purposes.
  5. Well, the last option is to return Windows to the previous build.

It should also be noted that if you wrote the system files to the disk when creating the system recovery disk, then you will have the opportunity to reinstall Windows from this disk. But if you bought a computer with Window 8 (8.1) preinstalled with a hidden recovery partition, then the version of the system that was originally supplied with the computer will be restored.

Method 5 - Using the installation disc

If Windows won't boot and you don't have a recovery disc, you can use the installation disc to reanimate your computer.

The installation disc can be burned to USB or DVD using the media creation tool that you can download here.

After booting from the installation media, you will see a window in which you need to select the language options and click the "Next" button.

Installing Windows

In the next window, you need to click on the link " System Restore »In the lower left corner.

System Restore

Then go to the section " Troubleshooting " ... Here you will see 2 options for recovery:

  1. Reset the computer to its original state. A factory reset will be performed with or without saving user files. We have already considered this tool above (method 2).
  2. Extra options. Just like on the system restore disk, a list of tools will open with which you can restore Windows performance using restore points, a system image, etc.

Windows 10 Diagnostics

We've covered the main ways to restore Windows 10. Usually, they are enough to get the system back to working condition. You could also add a clean installation of Windows here, but this is already a last resort and has an indirect relationship to system recovery.

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