System restore lets you fix certain crashes and other PC problems. Luckily, the procedures for Windows 10, 8 and 7 are pretty much same. And, you’ll find a minor difference in each version of Windows throughout the process.
I am pretty sure you are desperate to know, “How long does a system restore take and how to do it? Just relax and read on!
In this post, I’m using a Windows 10 PC to show how it works and how to use it in step-by-step procedures. If you face any issue with your computer and want to restore it to a specific point, just follow the instructions and solve your purpose.
NOTE: If you feel you are stuck, go to the end of the post where we have mentioned the methods to resolve the issue and also shown the steps in a video.
What Is System Restore?
In case, something goes wrong on your computer and it shows errors when you start any application software. It means there is a problem in the installed application or driver.
You need to fix the issue for bringing the system back to normal. If you choose System Restore, it allows you to revert back your PC to the last working state.
Fortunately, windows create a restore point periodically and also allow the users to create it manually at any time (if required).
Before installing a new driver or application or running Windows update, it is recommended to create a new ‘Windows 10 system restore point’. If anything goes wrong, you can run the recent restore point.
How Long Does A System Restore Take?
It takes around 25 – 30 minutes. Also, an additional 10 – 15 minutes of system restore time are required for going through the final setup. If it is taking more time than that you you are mostly stuck will need to perform additional steps we have mentioned at the bottom of the post, and also in the youtube video we have embedded.
The process is easy and any novice user can do it without any difficulty. However, Windows 7 system restore time and other versions of Windows have a little time difference.
How To Restore Windows 10 To A Restore Point?
Suppose your computer creates problems while you’re working, you want to fix it as soon as possible. In this case, you can restore it to an earlier point what you have already created or was automatically created by the system.
Follow the step-by-step procedure-
Click on ‘Start’ button and type ‘Restore’
Click on ‘Create A Restore Point’
And, you’ll see a ‘System Properties’ dialog box on the main screen-
Click on ‘System Restore’
It takes you to the ‘System Restore Wizard’ with its brief description on the box. Click on ‘Next’ button and move forward-
The next page will be listed with available restoring points. It contains the most recent ‘Automatic Restore Point’ already set by the system and manual restore points.
Tick ‘Show More Restore Points’ and you’ll see all restoring points that are created by the Windows periodically.
Select the ideal restore point based on its date to restore the most of the recent works. And, then click on ‘Scan For Affected Programs’
It takes a few seconds to bring two separate lists of ‘programs and drivers’ dialog box.
First list shows programs that are going to be deleted, mentioned on the top section and second list shows programs that might be restored, mentioned on the bottom section.
(It is possible that ‘programs and drives’, listed in the second section might not work properly after your PC gets restored. It is often better to reinstall them. In this case, there is ‘None Detected’ in the below section.)
After a thorough check, click on ‘Close’ and then ‘Next’
(If you don’t want to scan for affected programs, you can directly click on ‘Next’)
It’ll ask you to confirm which drive you want to restore. Select the drive that contains Windows and click on ‘Next’.
Make sure, you have selected the correct restore point. Hence, click on ‘Finish’
System Restore again confirms you for the process and it cannot be undone once completed. If you are willing to do it, click on ‘Yes’
Your PC will restart to begin the process and it takes almost 40 minutes to finish. Thereafter, check whether Windows works properly or not.
Interestingly, it creates a new restore point right before it starts the process. This ensures that you can undo the restore by selecting that new ‘Automatic Restore Point’ (if required).
How To Set up System Restore In Windows 10?
For many users, it is required to turn on System Restore and enable it for drive (C: ) or any specific drives.
Suppose you want to create your restore points, just follow the discussed procedure-
Click on ‘Start’ à type ‘Restore’ à click on ‘Create A Restore Point
On the ‘System Protection’ tab, you find ‘Protection Settings’ section with all ‘Available Drives’ on your computer.
On the right side, the drives are labeled with ‘On’ and ‘Off’. This shows whether ‘Protection’ is enabled or not for the drives.
In the above image, you can clearly see drive (C: ) is already protected and enabled for System Restore. If this isn’t in your case, you definitely want to know how to enable it.
Let’s do it for drive (D: ), the procedure will be similar for all other drives-
Select the drive and click on ‘Configure’ to turn it ‘On’
Now, Select ‘Turn On System Protection’, set ‘Max Usage’ to limit your hard disk space for storing data and click ‘OK’.
Creating Restore Point
For creating Windows 10 system restore point, select the drive (D: ) and click on ‘Create’
A dialog box will open and ask to type a description about your restore point-
Type it and Click on ‘Create. It can take about 30 seconds or more. Then, click on ‘Close’
Great! You’ve done it. Now, you can create your own restore points whenever you want without cgoing on. Wait for some more time reating any mess.
What To Do If Your System Restore Is Stuck?
If you had been stuck while doing system restore for more than 35 minutes probably you will see a screen saying “Please wait while your Windows files and settings are being restored System Restore is initializing“.
It might also happen that you feel that Windows System Restore stuck on restoring files and is not moving forward. In that case you will need to follow the below steps.
FIX Method 1: Do System Restore In Safe Mode.
If you have too much of data in the installation drive of the PC and it has been more than 35 -40 minutes of restoration time going on. Wait for some more time probably for 1 hours and see the results. If it’s still stuck, force shutdown the PC and let it run again. With most of our users the force shutdown was able to fix the stuck issue. However if the issue is still not resolved, you will need to boot into safe mode.
To boot in Safe Mode hold the SHIFT key and Restart the PC. Make sure to hold the SHIFT key while the PC is booting. Once you are inside the safe mode do a SFC Scan to check the integrity of the file system. Follow the below steps to do that:
Step 1) Navigate To Search Bar and Type CMD
Step 2) Right Click On Command Prompt and Run it As Administrator.
Step 3) Once you are inside CMD type sfc /scannow. (There is a space between sfc and /)
Step 4) Let the check get completed.
Once the check is completed. Try to do the system restore again. And it should work out perfectly.
FIX Method 2: Use Restoration Media
If your issue is still not resolved and you are getting stuck you will need to download a fresh copy of bootable windows 10 and do a recovery from there. To download the OS you can visit here for Windows 10.
Step 1) You should do it from a good working PC apart from your faulty device. Once you have created the bootable device insert it in the USB or the DVD drive and select it from the boot priority by making proper selection in the BIOS settings.
Step 2) Once Done select Repair Your Computer on the installation screen.
Step 3) Then you need to go to Choose an option > Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart
Step 4) Once restarted press F6 to select the Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt so you can start the system restore process.
Step 5) Then choose the desired account and enter the password.
Step 6) Once inside Type rstrui.exe on the CMD screen and from here on you can continue the system restoration in safe mode again.
FIX Method 3) Use Startup Repair
If you are stuck for a long time you can always force shutdown the PC to interrupt the process. and the make a startup repair using the Restoration Media you have created earlier. This is fix the corrupted boot manager which is not letting the process to complete.
To do that move to go to Windows Recovery Environment and select Choose an option > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Repair. And let the repair complete. Once completed, try the restoration, process once again.
I hope you get the answer of “How to set restore points and how long should system restore take?” So, perform your task and have fun!