Given that we have had several large Windows updates, and these differ from the typical Windows Updates that download and install within a few minutes or so, we need to review our system restore feature to make sure it is working properly.
In many cases, after your computer goes through a significant upgrade, one that may take 1-2 hours or more to download and install, your system restore feature may be turned off. It is important to enable this right away after the update.
To find your system restore, open your control panel and then click “System.” If you cannot find your control panel, click the Start button and then click to see all your apps. Scroll down to the bottom and click Windows System. While you are here, right-click “Control Panel” and then select “Pin to Start.” You can also right-click it again, click “More” and then click “Pin to taskbar.” Next, open the control panel. If you don’t see rows of icons, go the top-right and click the arrow next to: “View by” and then click “Large icons.” Now, you can click “System.”
At the top-left, click “System protection” and a small box will open. Next, click the “Configure” button. Near the top, click to enable System Restore by clicking: “Turn on system protection.” You may need to move the slider below to 2-5 percent and then click “OK” at the bottom.
Let’s now set a system restore point by clicking the “Create” button. Type in a name for your restore point, and I recommend you name it something that will relate to what your computer has just gone through, such as: “After Windows Update,” and then click “Create.” After a couple of minutes, it will indicate that the restore point has been set and you can click “Close.” If this produces an error message, try it again. If it fails again, see your computer person because this may be indicative of a more serious problem. You can close the control panel and any other open windows.
Even though Windows 10 will create system restore points automatically, I have noticed over the years that manually set restore points seem to work best if needed in the future.
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