QUICK FIX: Windows 10 is slow after System Restore

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  • If your PC gets to the point where you can no longer untangle its bits and pieces, you can always choose to perform a System Restore.
  • Sure, there can be some downsides like for instance, your OS may seem a bit slower. Check out the solutions below to get your Windows into a snappier state.
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  • Explore the Windows 10 Troubleshooting Hub as well and leave no error unsolved.
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Have you tried performing a system restore for your Windows 10 operating system and it started to move a bit slower afterward?

Well, there are plenty of reasons as to why your Windows 10 is reacting like this but we will review the main fixes for the Windows operating system if it is not responding as it should after you made the system restore.

Normally when you run a system restore, it is because you had an issue and you wanted to bring your operating system back to a previous point in time when it worked fine.

Unfortunately, if you encounter a registry error or the restore point was not correctly made during this process, you might get exactly this issue.

What can I do if Windows slowed down after System restore?

  1. Recover your system
  2. Free some HDD disk space
  3. Check your drivers
  4. Restore your system from Control Panel
  5. Run an SFC scan

1. Recover your system

Note: Before attempting this step, please make a backup copy of all your important files, folders and applications you have in Windows.

  1. Move the mouse cursor over to the upper right side of the screen.
  2. From the menu that appears left click or tap on the Settings feature presented there.
  3. From the Settings menu, you need to left click or tap on the Change PC settings feature.
  4. Now find and left click or tap on the Update and recovery feature.
  5. In the next menu left-click or tap on the Recovery button.
  6. Under the topic Refresh your PC without affecting your files, left-click or tap on the Get Started button.
  7. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish the system refresh.
  8. Now reboot the Windows device after the process has finished.
  9. After the device starts, check again to see if your Windows 10 is still slow.

2. Free some HDD disk space

  1. If the above step did not solve your issues try freeing up some space on the C: partition where your Windows 10 is installed.
  2. Usually, when the operating system moves slow, it is because the hard drive is full.

3. Check your drivers

Make sure that after you did the system restore you have updated all the hardware drivers.
Note: They must be compatible with the Windows 10 operating system.

4. Restore your system from Control Panel

  1. Perform the system restore again and make sure the process goes all the way through.
  2. Move the mouse cursor over to the upper right side of the screen.
  3. From the menu that appears left click or tap on the Search feature.
  4. In the search dialog box write the following: Control panel.
  5. After the search has finished you will need to left click or tap on the Control Panel icon.
  6. Now, in the search box from the Control Panel window write the following: Recovery.
  7. Left click or tap on the Recovery feature after the search has finished.
  8. Left click or tap on the Open System Restore feature.
  9. Now follow the instructions on the screen properly to bring back your device to an earlier point in time.

5. Run a SFC scan

  1. Press and hold the Windows + X keys while on the start screen.
  2. From the menu that appears left click or tap on the Command Prompt feature with administrator rights.
    Note: if you are prompted by a user account control window, left-click or tap on the Yes button to allow access.
  3. In the Command Prompt window write the following: sfc /scannow.
  4. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  5. Now, wait for the system file checker to complete the process.
    Note: It will fix any issues automatically.
  6. After the process has finished, write in the Command Prompt the following: Exit.
  7. Press the Enter button on the keyboard.
  8. Reboot your Windows 10 device.
  9. After the device starts, check again if the operating system is still slow.

Many Windows slowness problems are present on many computers, and you can encounter them even on your PC. First of all, we have to mention that before restoring your system (as explained above in the first solution) you have to be careful, as Windows 10 deletes restore points on some PCs.

We also have a guide about slow Windows 10 loading and we strongly recommend to check it before starting restoring and fixing your system.

And there you go, if you carefully followed the steps above in the order they are described you would have managed to fix your slow Windows 10 operating system after you made the system restore procedure.

Also, if you do run into any troubles along the way, feel free to reach for the comments section below and we will help you further.

FAQ: Learn more about System Restore

  • What happens when you do a system restore?

A System Restore is performed when you want to bring your OS back to a previous state when it worked fine. The option basically creates archives of your Registry and sys files called Restore Points.

  • Is System Restore Safe?

It is safe as it will not affect your personal data files (photos, documents, videos, etc. stored on your hard disk). However, it will change your system files, Windows updates, and apps.

  • How do I do System Restore on Windows 10?

To perform a System Restore, open the Control Panel and type restore in the search bar. Click on the link Create a restore point ->System Properties -> System protection tab and click on System Restore.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • All your steps are common sense. And the first things anyone would do. Is this a page for f^cktarded morons, or are you guys, the f^cktarded morons? I want causes and explanations. Not, lets do a repair install of windows, that’ll fix it!