I want to install some software on my Windows 10 machine. I would like to backup the system settings and then after installing and testing the software I want to restore the Windows settings as they were prior to installing the software. It's been a while since I did that in an older version of Windows and am not sure how it's done under Windows 10. One other thing I would like, if possible, is that after restoring the system, would it be possible to switch back to the settings as they were after I installed the software? It would be nice to switch between an older and newer backup of the settings. From my understanding when I did this long ago, when you restored an older version, you lost the newer version.

NOTE: I'm not interested in backing up the entire hard drive. Just the settings.

  • So you want to create a system restore point. I'm pointing this out, because asking for a software recommendation on SuperUser is off-topic, but yours is not a software recommendation. System restore points indeed don't allow you to switch between old and new. – LPChip Sep 3 '18 at 6:42
  • Yes, a restore point. I'm not looking for software recommendations. I'm sure Windows 10 has a built in application for doing this. Just not sure what. – Big Star Sep 3 '18 at 6:44
  • So you already know the answer: Create a restore point knowing the caveat mentioned in the first comment. – GabrielaGarcia Sep 3 '18 at 6:54
  • I managed to figure that out but it isn't clear that after restoring whether I can revert back to a "newer" version. – Big Star Sep 3 '18 at 6:57
  • You can't and that the caveat already mentioned in the first comment: System restore points indeed don't allow you to switch between old and new. – GabrielaGarcia Sep 3 '18 at 7:23

I'm not sure if your hardware could support it, but this sounds like a good use of Virtual Machines, using snapshots.

You could even convert your current physical machine into a virtual one, take a snapshot, do the upgrade, take another snapshot, and flip between the two when testing.

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