Many pundits, so-called Windows experts, promote System Restore as the best method for curing PC problems. In my opinion, that is bad advice and System Restore should always be a last resort rather than the first response.
If you’re experiencing an issue with your operating system, the first response should always be to try to find a solution for that particular issue. By doing so, you will be learning more about the operating system, plus, if the issue ever arises again, you’ll already know how to solve it.
Admittedly, finding a solution is not always successful/possible but there are other steps that should be taken before resorting to a System Restore:
- Scan for malware: Malware is among the leading causes of system issues
- Run DISM: Open an elevated command prompt (admin), type in Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth, and hit Enter
- Run System File Checker: Open an elevated command prompt (admin), type in sfc /scannow, and hit Enter
Completing those steps will identify any infections that need to be cleaned out and also confirm whether there are any system file corruptions or not. Once you’ve unsuccessfully tried to find a solution and confirmed there are no malware infections or system file corruptions, then you could try a System Restore.
How To Turn On System Restore
There is nothing worse than heading to System Restore, after exhausting all other avenues, only to find it hasn’t been turned on. Here’s how to make sure System Restore is turned on:
- Open the Start menu and type system restore then, in the results, click Create a restore point
- If System Restore is already turned on for your system drive (usually C), you are all good. If not, click the Configure button
- In the Restore Settings window, enable the option to Turn on system protection and…
- Under Disk Space Usage, use the slider to select the amount of disk space allocated – I usually recommend between 10- 15%
- Click Apply/OK
Yes, System Restore can get you out of trouble in certain situations but it is far from an ideal solution. If you truly want to make sure that a misbehaving OS can be recovered from any situation, including disastrous situations, the best possible solution is to regularly create system image backups. I use Aomei Backupper Pro to regularly create system image backups but the Standard (free) version will do the job perfectly well.
Do you use System Restore or a backup solution? Let us know in the comments.