Windows 10 is the most powerful operating system that Microsoft has ever programmed. In comparison to the older Windows version, the latest Microsoft’s masterpiece features a contemporary design, includes multiplicity of advanced features, supports thousands of applications, and exhibits an intuitive, user friendly interface.
However, probably each Windows 10 user ran into problems like Windows 10 BSOD, startup problems, re-occurring errors, or unbearable slowdowns. There are many PC owners who think that clean install is the only solution for most of the problems. Actually, clean install is the ultimate solution and we do not recommend hastening it.
Windows 10 is well equipped for recovering from most of the problems. In this post, we will provide four methods that can be applied for restoring Windows 10 before performing a clean install.
Method 1. Use a System Restore Point
System Restore is a built-in Windows 10 feature, which allows rolling back system’s changes and restoring the affected files and programs to the state saved on a particular date and time. Having a System Restore Point created in a state when PC works fluently is highly recommended. Unfortunately, this method will not work if the PC’s owner hasn’t created a single restore point.
If you haven’t tried to create a System Restore Point yet, you can find a comprehensive guide in this article.
If you are regularly creating restore points, you can fix the problems by enabling the one that has been created before the issues started:
1. Press Windows key + S and type Restore.
2. Click on the Create a System Restore Point option.
3. Now click on System Restore button and hit Next.
4. Select the restore point that you want to enable and click Next.
5. Now the system should start initiating the changes and eventually reboot.
NOTE: System Restore Point will help to solve the problems if you can boot into Windows. If you cannot access your desktop, try the methods provided below.
Method 2. Use Reset This PC option
If System Restore cannot fix your PC’s problems, Windows 10 has an extra restore feature known as “Reset This PC” option. It can restore the system to factory state without removing personal information (documents, photos, etc.).
1. Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
2. Select Update & Security and click Get started under Restart this PC option.
3. Click Reset Windows 10 and select to keep your files intact unless you want it otherwise.
4. You should get a list of apps that will be removed. If you agree, confirm to proceed the restore process.
Method 3. Restore Windows 10 from System Image Backup
System Image is a third Windows 10 restore option we want to discuss about. It’s an integrated backup option, which makes a “snapshot” of the entire system, including settings, files, apps, and personal data.
The biggest advantage of the System Image Backup is that it protects personal data and settings from loss after system’s crash or ransomware attack.
First of all, you’ll have to create the backup:
1. Open Control Panel and select File History.
2. Find System Image Backup option and plug-in a USB drive.
3. Click on System Image Backup and select the device where the backup should be installed to.
4. Click Next and Start backup process to proceed.
Once the backup is created, you will be able to use it any time. To use a System Image Backup, please follow these steps:
1. Plug-in USB drive that contains the System Backup Image.
2. Click Next on Windows Setup screen and select Repair your computer.
3. Select Troubleshoot.
4. When the Advanced System Recovery Options screen opens, select System Image Recovery.
5. Select your OS and click on the latest System Image saved.
6. Press Next to proceed.
7. Select whether you want to install drivers and reboot the system once the system is restored.
8. Now click Next and Finish.
Method 4. Perform a Repair Install
If you have created neither a System Restore Point nor System Image Backup, you can perform an in-place upgrade, aka repair install. For this purpose, you have to have a Windows 10 Installation media or create one. You can download a Windows 10 installation media from the official Microsoft’s website. Burn the iso file into a DVD or USB stick.
IMPORTANT: the repair install cannot be performed if Windows cannot boot.
1. Once ready, plug-in the USB or insert DVD with Windows 10 installation media.
2. Run the setup.exe file.
3. Now follow the on-screen instructions until you reach a Choose what to keep window.
4. Make sure to select Keep personal files, apps, and Windows settings option and then press Next to begin the repair install.