A system restore can be a lifesaver if something goes wrong with your PC or you’re hit by ransomware. Let’s take a look at how to set one up in Windows 10.

Start by opening the Control Panel. Type Control Panel into the Start Menu search box and click on the result.

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Under System and Security, click Backup and Restore Windows 7. (I know we’re talking about Windows 10, but that’s the way it’s labeled.)

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In the window that opens, click Create system image on the top-left.

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You can choose an external drive, DVDs, or a network location. Then click Next.

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You’ll see which drives will be backed up.  This can take up a lot of space. For my brand-new PC, it will require 69 GB. Make sure you have room. Then click Start backup.

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This will take some time.

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Once the image is finished, you’ll also have the option to create a System Repair Disc in case something goes seriously wrong with your PC and it won’t boot up.

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