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All You Need to Know About a Windows System Restore

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A system restore can save your computer from all sorts of issues; a lack of storage, a virus, or a glitchy program. And these are just a few of those issues that can be resolved.

A system restore can save your computer from all sorts of issues; a lack of storage, a virus, or a glitchy program.  And these are just a few of those issues that can be resolved.  But if you aren’t confident in the computer world, it’s possible you don’t know what a system restore can do.  It sounds a little intimidating, but when you learn more about it, you’ll see that it can be a real life-saver.  Read on to find out how.

What is a System Restore?

Basically, your computer can remember its status at certain points in time, so if something goes catastrophically wrong, you can restore it back to that time.  Think of it as a checkpoint.  These are called restore points, and you can either make them manually or schedule them to happen at specific times.  System restore points are also automatically initiated when: software is installed, drivers are installed, Windows updates, and whenever you may schedule them.

 

When Should it Be Used?

If you’re concerned about your computer’s safety because of a virus or malware, you may want to consider doing a system restore.  You can also do this if your computer is running slowly.  It’s possible a virus may have slipped under the radar and is acting in the background without your knowledge.  You can restore the system back to before you installed whatever program or driver that caused the issue.

 

What Are the Downsides?

First of all, a system restore point takes up a lot of disk space, as you can probably imagine.  Duplicating all the information on your hard drive needs a lot of room.  There are settings, however, that can help you keep the disk space usage to a minimum.  Set your system restore to delete past restore points by following this path: Control Panel > System > System Protection > Configure > Disk Space Usage.

 

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