We have already discussed creating a manual system restore point as well as system image backup in Windows 10. In this guide, we will see how to restore Windows 10 to an earlier date with the help of a previously created restore point.
NOTE 1: When you restore Windows 10 to a previous date, your documents, pictures, and other files will be preserved.
NOTE 2: Programs installed after the creation of a selected restore point will be deleted or uninstalled.
NOTE 3: Programs updated after the creation of a selected restore point will be restored to the previous version and will not be uninstalled.
Restoring Windows 10 system to a previous date
Step 1: Type Sysdm.cpl either in the Start menu search box or Run command box and then press Enter key to open System Properties.
Step 2: Once System Properties dialog is opened, switch to System Protection tab.
Step 3: Under the Protection Settings section, make sure that the protection for the system drive (Windows 10 drive) is turned on. Next, under the System Restore section, click the button labeled System Restore to open System Restore wizard.
Step 4: Click the Next button to view all recently created restore points.
NOTE: If you recently performed a system restore using a restore point, you will get the following screen instead of the above screen with an option to undo the system restore. You need to select Choose a different restore point and then click the Next button to view all restore points.
Step 5: If all restore points are not visible, click the option labeled Show more restore points to view all restore points.
As you can see in the picture above, the latest restore point appears at the top and with date, time, and description.
It’s a good idea to know what all programs will be uninstalled when you restore your system using a specific date. To know affected programs, select the restore point that you want to use to restore your system, and then click Scan for affected programs.
As you can see, Windows will display all programs and drivers that will be deleted when you restore your system using the selected restore point. If an application is updated post creating a restore point, the previous version of the program will be restored.
For instance, if you were running Firefox 42 while creating a restore point and updated the same to version 43.0 after some time, Windows will restore Firefox 42 when you restore using the selected restore point. Not a big deal as you can easily update programs and drivers to the latest version with a few clicks.
Step 6: Select the restore point which you would like to use to restore Windows 10 and then click the Next button.
Step 7: Finally, click the Finish button to begin restoring your Windows 10 to the selected restore point.
Your PC will automatically reboot to begin the restore process. This might take up to 20 minutes, depending on the number of programs and settings to be restored.
Once done, you will see the “System Restore completed successfully” message on your desktop. That’s it!
Windows 10 update caused speakers to vanish. Now says they are not plugged in, false. tried all suggested fixes. It seems 20 million or so users have looked at the issue. Is that not enough for a fix that works?
Cleadious E Marshall says
Well once again I miss interpreted the information in which I was given because I took it as I could change some of the options on the system because its my dads and it was meant for me, so I proceeded to do so and now I realize that, It was meant for some one else that is more qualified for it than I am, my wife or someone eles and I really wish I could fix it so no one would know that I over reacted again. And how can I move my wife into the family profile again some how she was removed from google play music and hell its been like pulling teeth to get her and her phone system back in the family profile. I am sorry for everything that I did.
I love my family and Im sorry ?/.
Love the dumb ass who always puts others before himself. Just the way I was raised in an imperfect world.
How can I restore my laptop to an earlier date than the ones that are given to me by the laptop?
KE Page says
When I type in font size 11, the font size displayed on my screen looks like I typed in font size 3. Can you tell me how to get the display back to “normal”
I update my pc windows 10pro 10.0 to 1809 ,my data will be deleted and windows is factory default ,how do restore my data,please help me
Sharon Carlson says
We had a full list of all the games, i.e.Spades, Sollidaire, Spider Solidaire, Party Poker, etc. and someone removed the icons on my screen. How do I get them back or restored, These were the particular games we liked. Thanks
Edward Whitmore says
this is a complete act in frustration and futility. there should be a simple fix for this freeze-up. we, the buyer, should not be burdened with fixing the problem you created. please make available a simple, one-step, fix. I too have followed instructions only to get more and more frustrated.
Bob Wineland says
I want to create a prior restore point earlier than the one i’m given which is 1-10-2019. I would like to restore to 1-1 2019 but there’s no box to check. I am using windows 10
Lois Carver says
My computer is not working right. Please help me restore to factory
Paul Richard Witty says
Please restore settings to 1st January 2018.
Jan Morris says
We dont have the tick option to show more restore points… in step 6 bottom right …so now there is nowhere else to go.. thanks anyway
Can’t backdate restore. I want to restore 3 days before the date that I am doing the restore. For example, if today’s date was 4/9/2017, I want to do a restore that goes back to the 01/9/2017, when my pc worked optimally.
In Windows XP, you are shown dates that you can back date resrtore to. It gives you at least a week or more before the day that you are doing restore.
This my problem. On 3/9/17, my wifi broadband stopped working. I tried to make it work to no avail, including a reset. A message on the top of the popup windows says: “Broadband Connection Blocked,” with the “Blocked” greyed out. And, the tip that comes up when the mouse is placed on an icon says: “Unidentified network. No Internet access,” when mouse is placed on the wifi icon.
My broadband was on all the while. I could see the name of my Broadband. Below it, it says No Internet.
Ma do says
I wanted to get rid of a stupid fake box appearing every single time on my pc but all thanks to this, I can finally get rid of it