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Windows 10

Create Restore point & restore Windows 10

This post is specifically intended for Windows 10 users. This post will help you Create restore point & Restore Windows 10. By default, System restore is not enabled in Windows 10. Though, its a very useful feature, there are other diagnostics and recovery options built in to Windows 10 that normally does the work just fine. But just in case, System Restore sometimes is a life saver. So, this post is a step-by-step tutorial with pictures to help you out in turning system restore on, setting a restore point and if needed, restoring your computer to an earlier date in Windows 10 where everything used to work fine.

Follow the steps below To turn System Restore ON:

  • Click on Cortana search or start menu
  • Type Restore

cortana search

  • Click on Create a restore point
  • Now, as you will see system restore is OFF on all drives.
  • Click on Local Disk (C: ) or any other drive that says SYSTEM in front of it
  • Click on Configure

system restore on

  • Now, Click on Turn on system protection
  • Specify  the amount of space you wish to allocate to system restore, typically 10% should do.
  • Click on Apply & OK

system restore configuration

This Turns your System Restore on.

To create a Restore Point:

  • Click on Create

create or restore

  • Now, Specify a name
  • Click on create

restore point name

  • You will see something like in the screenshot below
  • and then a confirmation

creating restore point

restore point successfully created

  • Click on Close

Now, If you wish to Restore your computer to an earlier time.

  • Click on System Restore
  • Follow the method described here (Click Here)

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Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP

What to Know & do about BSOD ( Blue Screen ) (Black Screen) errors

After Reading this you will be able to know more about

  • Blue/Black Screen Errors
  • To find which error you are dealing with
  • To resolve the error

A Blue Screen or Black Screen error which is also known as BSOD occurs when Windows faces a serious problem & shuts down or restarts your system to protect it from damage. Sometime when you boot back into Windows you get a message that “Windows has recovered from a serious error”.

There can be many different problems associated with both hardware and software that might case a BSOD. But, we cannot troubleshoot these errors if we don’t know what particular problem we are dealing with.

To know which particular error/problem we are dealing with, the first step would be:

To disable automatic system restart on system failure

To do this, Press the F8 key while booting ( just after you press power button on your computer ).

Select the Advanced Startup options (Windows 7) & select Disable Automatic Restart on system failure.

This will restrict windows to not to shutdown/restart when the problem occurs.  At this moment you can note down the error code & more information displayed on your screen: Example screen below:

BSOD

and

BSOD2

Both the screen grabs above have highlighted white portions. These are the significant piece of information that you must note down from your BSOD. This will help you narrow down you problem and then solve it.

Once you have the error code & description, search http://support.microsoft.com with the error code or search our website www.troubleshootwindows.com for more information on the error code.

Basic Steps to resolve the Blue Screen errors

  • Remove any newly installed hardware & uninstall the driver software associated with it. To uninstall the drivers you can simply remove the hardware first and then boot into safe mode and uninstall them.
  • Remove any newly installed software or antivirus program by logging into safe mode.
  • Use System Restore, to restore your computer to an earlier time when it was working fine. To learn how to use system restore click here.
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Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP

How to use System Restore

After reading this you will be able to use system restore in Windows XP/Vista/7.

System Restore is a tool built into Windows which restores your computer system to a state when it was working fine and error free. The best part is that the control is in user’s hand, as the user knows when their computer was running fine.

You should use system restore when:

  • Your computer system starts crashing unexpectedly
  • Fails to boot
  • You detect a virus or other file corruption
  • Some programs or feature got deleted somehow
  • For lots of other misc. problems

To use system restore within Windows

Windows XP

Go to startmenu –> All Programs –> Accessories –> system tools –> system restore

Windows 7

NOTE : Windows 8 users (Go to start screen & type system restore -> Click on system restore)

Start Menu-> type “ system restore “ (without quotes) and press enter.

restore

On clicking next:

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Here you can select the date to which you want to restore your system to or you can click the checkbox which says “Show more restore points”, to see more restore points you can choose from.

You can also check out what programs will be affected by your restore operation by clicking on “Scan for affected programs”.

After checking all the rights & making sure you have selected the right restore point, click next and then click on finish. This operation will restart your system and will take some to finish.

To Restore from System Repair Disc or Startup Menu

If you have not created a system repair disc for Windows 7 Create one now following this guide. If you already have a repair disc, just boot from it. you will see some option like the screenshot given below:

system recovery options

Select System Restore and follow the instructions given therein.

OR

You can, Press F8 while system startup and select Advanced Startup options , then click on repair your computer. It will also take you to the screenshot given above. You can simply select System restore their and follow the onscreen instructions.