Restore your computer to an earlier time
In this video we go over how to access system restore, how to create a restore point and how to ultimately roll-back to a previously created restore point in the event that troubleshooting is needed. Sometimes a system restore will not resolve all of this issues, but it is definitely a good starting point most of the time.
Restore from a system restore point
This option takes your PC back to an earlier point in time, called a system restore point. Restore points are generated when you install a new app, driver, or Windows update, and when you create a restore point manually. Restoring won’t affect your personal files, but it will remove apps, drivers, and updates installed after the restore point was made.
Use a recovery drive to restore or reset your PC
If your PC won’t start, you can use a recovery drive to restore from a system restore point or reset your PC. For info on how to create a recovery drive on a working PC, see Create a recovery drive.
If you're using a recovery drive created on Windows 10:
Connect the recovery drive and turn on your PC.
On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot, and then select an option. (If you don’t see the Choose your option screen, your PC might not be set up to boot from a drive. Check your PC manufacturer’s website for info on how to change your PC’s boot order.)
To restore from a system restore point, select Advanced Options, then select System Restore. This won't affect your personal files, but it will remove recently installed apps, drivers, and updates that might be causing your PC problems.
To reinstall Windows 10, select Recover from a drive. This will remove your personal files, apps and drivers you installed, and changes you made to settings.
Use installation media to restore or reset your PC
If your PC won't start and you haven't created a recovery drive, download installation media and use it to restore from a system restore point or reset your PC.
On a working PC, go to the Microsoft software download website.
Download the media creation tool and then run it.
Select Create installation media for another PC.
Choose a language, edition, and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit).
Follow the steps to create installation media, and then select Finish.
Connect the installation media you created to your nonfunctional PC, and then turn it on.
On the initial setup screen, enter your language and other preferences, and then select Next. If you're not seeing the setup screen, your PC might not be set up to boot from a drive. Check your PC manufacturer's website for info on how to change your PC's boot order, and then try again.
Select Repair your computer.
On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot. From there, you can:
Restore from a system restore point by selecting Advanced options, then System Restore. This will remove recently installed apps, drivers, and updates that might be causing your PC problems. Restoring from a restore point won’t affect your personal files.
Select Reset this PC to reinstall Windows 10. This will remove apps and drivers you installed and changes you made to settings, but lets you choose to keep or remove your personal files.
Use installation media to reinstall Windows 10
Before you follow these steps, try resetting your PC using installation media. If that doesn't work, you can use the same installation media to reinstall Windows 10 (also called performing a clean installation of Windows).
Go back to your previous version of Windows
For a limited time after upgrading to Windows 10, you’ll be able to go back to your previous version of Windows
Issues addressed in this tutorial:
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Restore your computer to an earlier time Windows 10
How to restore your computer like new for Windows 10, Windows
8/8.1 and Windows 7
This tutorial will apply for computers, laptops, desktops,and tablets running the Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 operating systems.Works for all major computer manufactures (Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo, Samsung).