I have Windows 10, and I wish restore my machine to some point before when I got a virus.

I never manually created a backup, but under Control Panel > Create a Restore Point > System Restore > Next, I appear to have the option to restore to a Windows Update that took place before I got a virus.

If I choose this option, will all my personal files and programs be restored, or will it just be the system files?


System Restore do not destroy your saved documents or recieved e-mail. And proccess is absolutly reversible.

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But if you was infected by a virus you have a 99.9% of chance to have infected/deleted your current restore points.


What is the point of System Restore?.

System Restore helps you restore your computer's system files to an earlier point in time. It's a way to undo system changes to your computer without affecting your personal files, such as e‑mail, documents, or photos.

Sometimes, the installation of a program or a driver can cause an unexpected change to your computer or cause Windows to behave unpredictably. Usually, uninstalling the program or driver corrects the problem. If uninstalling doesn't fix the problem, you can try restoring your computer's system to an earlier date when everything worked correctly.

Reference (is about windows 7 but the feature transcend since Windows XP until current windows 10.)

  • Then what is the point of system restore...? – Joel Christophel Aug 17 '15 at 20:49
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    System Restore will restore "system" files. Your personal files are not system files. – Steven Aug 17 '15 at 20:51
  • Does Windows 10 have a built-in function for making complete backups? – Joel Christophel Aug 17 '15 at 20:53
  • updated, and @Steven is alright. – Francisco Tapia Aug 17 '15 at 20:56
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    Control Panel > File History> System Image Backup. Why don't I find these things out before things get messed up? – Joel Christophel Aug 17 '15 at 21:08

What types of files does System Restore Change

System Restore can make changes to Windows system files, registry settings, and programs installed on your computer. It also can make changes to scripts, batch files, and other types of executable files on your computer. Personal files, such as documents, e‑mail, photos, and music files, are not changed.

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