In default mode, Windows have hidden files and does not have defined restore points. This comes as worry if you accidentally mess up your PC with an application. Restore points help to recover your PC to a good state in case of malfunction. As you can edit or change hidden system files in some cases. Some of Windows 10 default settings don’t give you the best performance or usability. So, go ahead and change these settings:
- Create a Restore Point / Turn On System Protection.
- Force Windows to show File Extensions and Hidden Files.
Create A Restore Point / Turn On System Protection
By enabling system protection, you can undo undesired changes by reverting your computer to a previous time. Restore point will turn back the clock on your drivers, programs, and settings to a time when the system worked perfectly. Restore settings give you an option of allocating disk space for system protection. This guide shows how you will turn on System Restore.
1. Search for “restore point” in the Windows search box.
2. Launch “Create a restore point” from the results. You should see a list of available drives.
3. Select the system drive and click Configure. The system drive is usually the C: drive and has the word “(System)” written by its volume name.
4. Toggle Restore Settings to “Turn on system protection,” and set the maximum disk space usage by moving the slider and click Ok. We recommend leaving 2 or 3 percent for restore points but you may be able to get away with the lowest (1 percent).
5. Click Create so that you create an initial restore point right away.
6. Name the initial restore point when prompted. Then Click Close.
To restore from any of these points, Click the System Restore button on the System Protection tab. Then choose your restore point. You can create many Restore points, especially if you are in habit of making a lot of changes to your PC.
If you can’t boot, you can hit F8 or Shift + F8 during boot to get to the emergency menu on some computers. On other PCs, if you can at least get to the log in screen, you can hold down Shift while you select Restart. This will restart the computer to the advanced system setup.
Show File Extensions and Hidden Files
By default, Windows 10 hides most file extensions. You can’t see file extensions when you’re browsing through your files. For example, saved web pages will display as “homepage” rather than “homepage.htm” or “homepage.html.” In an effort to protect you from yourself, Microsoft also hides certain operating system files from you by default. But what if you need to find these files or edit them to troubleshoot? And can’t you trust yourself not to delete important files? Here’s how to show extensions and hidden files in Windows 10. This may not be necessary for many users. You can categorize your files by Right clicking >> Group by >> Type. This will group and sort your files into any folder where they are.
1. Navigate to the control panel. You can get there by hitting Windows (logo) + X on the keyboard and selecting Control Panel. Or search “control panel” on your search bar.
2. Open File Explorer Options. If you don’t see the icon for it, change the control panel view (in the upper right corner) to large or small icons.
3. Click the View Tab.
4. Toggle “Hidden files and folders” to “Show hidden files, folders and drives.”
5. Uncheck “Hide empty drives,” “Hide extensions for known file types” and “Hide protected operating system files.”
6. Click Yes when warned about unhiding protected files. Then Click OK.