HOW TO: Create a Restore Point in Windows 10

Windows generally auto-creates a restore point when it installs updates and some programs will create one as part of their install process. However, you should manually create one any time you’re changing system settings and aren’t 100% confident of the outcome. Even if you are sure it won’t cause havoc, it’s not a bad idea to create a restore point before making changes to your Windows system anyway.

This post shows how to create a restore point using Windows 10, though the procedure is similar in all current versions of Windows. Keep reading to see how to do it!

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HOW TO: Disable Windows Compatibility Telemetry in Windows 10

Windows Compatibility Telemetry is frequently the culprit behind a slow Windows 10 experience as it attacks your hard drive and bogs everything down. Here’s a quick fix to disable WCT permanently*.

Create a restore point!

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  1. Open Task Scheduler (in Start, search “Task Scheduler”)
  2. In the left pane, navigate to:
    • Task Scheduler Library
      • Microsoft
        • Windows
          • Application Experience
  3. Right-click on “Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser”
  4. Left-click on “Disable”

That’s it! Simple! While I’ve done this on all of my personal systems, and several client systems, without trouble, if you suddenly start encountering problems after making this change, you can easily re-enable WCT following the same steps.

* I verified that this fix works as of Windows 10 1803 on 2018-11-13, however Microsoft is constantly “improving” Windows 10 so this fix may not work after future updates. If you encounter any issues with this fix, see any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions in the post, and/or have any other feedback, leave a comment or tweet me @AwkwardPrimate! Thanks!

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