Many Windows users consider System Restore and System Recovery to be the same thing, because both functions involve recovering files from hard disk, registry, system memory, or other storage media.
In addition, they are both designed to fix problems and errors in your computer. In reality, however, the two functions are different from each other. If you are not sure about the difference between System Restore and System Recovery below we will see the functions in detail.
What does System Restore do?
System Restore is a default Windows function designed to protect and repair your computer software. System Restore works by saving a snapshot of certain Windows system files and registry as restore points. So when an installation failure or data corruption occurs, System Restore can return the system to its previous correct state of operation without having to reinstall the operating system.
Fixes Windows issues by restoring files and settings saved to restore point.
How to enable system restore
For many users, System Restore Protection is enabled by default for the main system drive (C :) and not for all computer disks. For others, System Restore is not enabled at all. This may be related to whether Windows was installed directly from ISO in hard format (fresh install) or upgraded from an older version, how much disk space is available on your disk, what kind of disks you have, or whatever.
To enable it or check if it is enabled, open System and see the Properties tab.
You can create a restore point at any time, even though Windows automatically generates them once a week. They also create a restore point before any major system changes, such as installing an update.
Create a system restore point
Look for Create a restore point from the taskbar and select it from the list of search results. Alternatively press the two Win + R keys together to open the RUN. Type systempropertiesprotection and press enter.
On the System Protection tab in System Properties, select Create.
The 'System Protection' tab in 'System Properties'
Enter a description of the restore point, then select Create> OK.
What does System Recovery do?
System Restore is a technique by which you can reset the operating system to its factory default settings as specified by the manufacturer.
This option is used to repair any damage to your operating system. You can repair your files and the corrupted system through the system recovery options.
The menu System recovery options contains various tools, such as Startup Repair, System Restore, System Image recovery, which can be used to repair or restore a damaged operating system. All of these tools are on your computer's hard drive, specifically the Windows installation disk. From Windows 8 onwards, System Restore options were replaced by Advanced Options.
System Restore Options
System Restore does not affect your personal files on the computer, but System Recovery erases all your data (personal and installed software). System Recovery will only install the features that were installed by the computer manufacturer. After restoring the system, your system will look new as it was when you purchased it.
Types of system recovery
System recovery can be done in two ways. By the method of recovery from a certain partition on the disk or from a DVD - USB installation. If you want to proceed with some of the recovery options you can read more information from Microsoft official website.
It should be noted here that your computer can usually have two types of system recovery.
System recovery: This option resets the system disk (usually C :), reinstalls the original operating system, and reinstalls all the original hardware and software drivers.
Factory reset: This option can quickly reset Windows to the factory default settings. It's faster and more convenient than reinstalling Windows from scratch via a DVD-USB, or using your manufacturer's recovery partition.
The option will delete all your data.
System Restore or System Recovery
System restore is an easy and short process. System recovery is a more difficult and lengthy process. It takes hours to restore a system and sometimes even days to restore a system.
Despite the difficulty, system recovery will remove all the bad files and viruses from your system, something that System restore, which simply restores your old files, cannot do. System Restore deletes only data that was installed after the system restore point, while System Restore deletes your registry and hard drive. Clean jobs…