If I am about to make changes that might crash my whole operating system, would it be wise to create a Windows 10 restore point, and how would I do this to ensure that the restoration will complete successfully

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    Yes it would be wise. – Xavierjazz Jan 6 '16 at 22:30
  • Instead of using restore points in your case, I would make an image with e.g. free Macrium. Restore points can be very volatile. Images you control yourself and are a safe bet. – whs Jan 6 '16 at 22:47
  • @whs You don't need a 3rd party tool to make a system image backup How to create Windows 10 system image backup and restore it. It's built in. – DavidPostill Jan 6 '16 at 23:11
  • If you use the built-in imaging tool, just make sure it works - because usually it does not. That is the beauty with Macrium - it always works and you control the images. Try to move/relocate an image from the built-in tool and report back what happened. – whs Jan 6 '16 at 23:20
  • Careful of saying always everything (most) fails at some point – Ramhound Jan 7 '16 at 0:00

To create a restore-point in Win10:

  • In the task-bar search box ("I'm Cortana...)
  • type in "Restore"
  • Popup menu shows "Create a restore point", click to select this
  • The System Properties dialog box show up - System Protection tab displaying
  • Make sure the C drive protection setting is ON.
  • Click on the "Create..." button to create a restore-point. Enter the name of the restore-point and select Create.
  • Done.

To restore to a restore-point (AKA rollback your system) - Same steps as before. - Instead of "Create..", select "System Restore..." button - Select the restore-point you want and restore.

Typically, you should create a restore point before installing any not well-known software, drivers, etc. Any suspicion of malware or ill behaviors (system crashed, slow, etc), you should use the restore-point to rollback the system.

  • Windows automatically creates a restoration point when software or drivers are installed. – Ramhound Jan 7 '16 at 15:02
  • yes thanks for all the valuable advice, Macrium sounds good but I have to make sure that it is safe and stable.. there might be other good options like Norton's whole system imaging and recovery program, but not Norton but something like that from a major reputable company, I shall look into both those options and any others that I may find. thanks probably firewall and antivirus program companies might offer a backup and recovery program suite. – Darius May 16 '18 at 17:53

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