After updating your Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update and the Creators Update, you may find that your system restore feature is turned off. It is imperative you turn this back on to help protect your system.
Click on the Start button and then scroll down all of the way to the bottom and click the Windows System folder to open the menu and then click “Control Panel.”
If you don’t see several rows of icons in your control panel, go to the top-right and click “View by:” and then in the menu, click “System.” On the left and near the top, click the “System protection” link and the System Properties box will open. In the box, select the drive where your Windows is installed (this is usually your local disk C:) and then click the “Configure” button below. Select to “Turn on system protection” and then below, move the slider so it is saving about 3-8% of your drive for system restore points. Click “OK” when you are done.
Your system restore is now enabled and functioning. Set a restore point while you are here. Click “Create,” name your restore point and then click “Create” again. Once done, click “Close” and then click “OK” to close the system properties box.
There has been another instance of ransomware released this past week, but it looks as though it is causing more trouble in Europe. This ransomware however, can infect your system no matter where you live. The best way to protect your computer is to download and install all Windows Updates. When Microsoft hears of an attack with Windows, they work on a fix and then distribute it through Windows Updates so everyone has access to the remedy.
To check your Windows Updates manually, open Windows Update by clicking the Start button in the lower-left corner and then click “Settings.” From the Settings page, click “Update & security.” Windows may already be checking for and installing needed updates. If not, click “Check for updates” and then install all updates if any are available.
You may see that “a restart has been scheduled.” Your computer must restart to finish installing the updates. You can set a time that your computer will be restarted, or you can simply click “Restart now.” Once your computer has restarted, go back to Windows Updates and check for more updates. Continue this process until you are notified that there are no updates available.
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