The Dilemma of System Restore and Windows Reset
So what are the differences...?
System Restore and Windows Reset are most often the go-to tools we employ when we encounter major windows problems on our PCs, but sometimes we often times find it difficult separating one from the other. After all, both can be used to treat malware infections on Windows.
What is quite interesting is the fact that these utilities solve issues in different ways.
For the System Restore, it operates by undoing any change made on a PC. Put plainly, it reverts the system back to its previous functioning state.
It is probably the ‘Control Z/Control Y’ keyboard function if you will, thus it sends the system somewhat ‘back in time’ to how it once was prior to the time whatever error that was on it ever came to be on it.
For science fiction lovers, you can relate the ‘System Restore’ to a time travel plot that provides your PC with the ability to travel backward in time to correct a mistake. Here, corrupt files can be fixed by repairing whatever damage done to it by a malware.
For ‘Windows Reset’, it may sound like System Restore but it’s focus is to clear up whatever custom setting that was on it, returning it to its automatic default configuration. This one is like a clean slate and it’s probably used as a last resort when no other option seems to work.
Think of it like a dystopian scenario in a science fiction movie, where the nuclear protocol is unleashed to take care of whatever problem that ever was in effort to return everything to something called a ‘tabula rasa’.
When can System Restore come in handy?
It is very simple: when you are trying to install an update on your system and there is any kind of data corruption, the system restore comes in to repair the window environment to revert those changes or setting to what was saved prior to that moment in the restore point.
When does the Window Reset come in handy?
On the other hand, ‘Windows Reset’ becomes the go-to alternative when every other window related fixes cannot be used to solve a given problem. In essence, the ‘Windows Reset is a built in utility that automatically restores Windows to factory settings.
In other words, it returns the PC back to how its maker made it. So you may be facing a high disk usage or particularly may have noticed your computer becoming much slower than before, the Window Reset is your go-to man.
To answer, the ultimate question, you only consider a Window Reset when it becomes the only resort for a problem.