We’ve already talked a few times about Microsoft’s new approach to delivering updates for home users in Windows 10. Unlike previous versions of the OS, Home users won’t be able to prevent updates from being installed on their PC.
While this is probably advantageous for most people it does bring up two major objections: fears about a bad update screwing up your PC, and downloading updates at times that aren’t desirable, such as when you’re on a metered connection.
As for the first, there are two things you can do. One is to make sure you snag the Microsoft-provided utility that lets you hide bad updates—albeit after the fact. In addition, you should make sure to turn on System Restore, which many users are finding inexplicably disabled by default in Windows 10.
Turning System Restore on is very simple and tells Windows to create a restore point before installing any updates. That way, if a bad update messes up your system, you can roll it back right away.
Getting to System Protection, the Windows 10 Way
The easiest way to get to System Protection is via the Cortana/search box on the task bar. Just type in “System Protection” and at the top of the pop-up panel you should see Create a restore point Control panel. Click that and the System Properties window appears.
As you can see, in my case the protection is already on. If yours isn’t, click Configure… and in the next window, select the radio button that says Turn on system protection.
The defaults under Disk Space Usage should be fine for most users, but if you’d like to change it just adjust the slider that says Max Usage. Now hit Apply, then OK, close the System Properties window, and you’re done.
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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn't like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he's not covering the news he's working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.