Did you ever wish to travel back to the time and undo few things? We all may wish that, but that is something impossible as of now. However, if you have messed up something with your Windows 10 computer, you surely can bet on System Restore Point to make things right and undo the things on your Windows 10 computer. So, in today’s post, we will learn how to create system restore point in Windows 10.
If you haven’t really used system restore point previously on Windows 7 and the Windows 8/8.1, here is a short description explaining it.
A restore point in Windows 10 is a representation of a stored state of your computer’s system files stored on the hard drive of your PC. So, whenever you mess up something on your computer, you can use a restore point to restore your computer’s system files to an earlier point in time. This is just like back to the past, but only in your computer’s world.
A good thing about Windows is that you don’t need to create System Restore Point manually, but your PC automatically creates System Restore point weekly. In another case, Windows also create System Restore Points if it detects any new changes being made to your system such as the installation of a software program or if any system updates are installed.
System Restore points are created by System Protection in Windows 10. When you create a System Restore point, an exact copy of your System files will be stored on the hard drive. So, if in future if you want to undo something you can use these restore points and bring back your PC to state it was in earlier point of time. Also read Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 Install.esd file.
This comes in handy if you are trying to make a critical change to your PC. This could also come in handy in case someone else in your home or at work uses your PC. If they mess up something, you can always restore your PC to an earlier System Restore Point.
Your PC can have multiple system restore points stored depending on the changes you have made to your PC. So, you can always start with the most recently created System Restore Point, and if that does not resolve the issue, you can try other restore points.
So, if you want to know how to create System Restore points manually when needed, here is how to do it.
Create System Restore Point in Windows 10
Note: System Restore Points works on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and the Windows 10. Though the steps might be different for other versions, still this guide for creating system restore point in Windows 10 would give you an idea to create the same on other Windows OS running PCs.
Type Restore Point in the Cortana/Search bar.
Click and open Create a Restore Point option from the results.
It will open System Properties dialogue box.
You can also open System Properties Window by going to Control Panel >> System and Security >> System and click System Protection from the left side.
Open File Explorer, right-click on This PC and select Properties. Next, from the left side click System Protection to open System Properties dialogue box.
From the System Properties, dialogue box clicks the System Protection tab.
Below that, click the Create button at the bottom.
You will be asked to enter a description for this System restore point. Enter anything such as date or the purpose of creating this system restore or anything you like and that can help you remember it later. At last, click the Create button to initialize the System Restore Point creation process.
The process of creating System Restore Point in Windows 10 would take few minutes depending on the size of your C drive. So, wait till the process is completed and you see a success message.
That’s it. You have successfully created a system restore point in Windows 10. You can use them anytime in near future to restore your PC back to the current state.
Things to Know Before Restoring to an Earlier Point
There are few things that you should know before you decide to restore your PC to an earlier system restore point.
1) System Restore Point only affects your system files and programs. Hence, your data (files and folders) at no point in time will be affected by the restoration process.
2) If you have installed any software program or updates to your PC after creating the restore point, then those software programs and updates will be uninstalled during the restoration process. Example. If you have a system restore point created on 21st of Feb, and you want to use that System restore point on 28th of Feb, then whatever you have installed, including software programs and updates during this period will be removed or uninstalled.
How to Use System Restore Point to Restore Your PC
Open System Properties window by going to Control Panel >> System and Security >> System and click System Protection from the left side.
From the System Protection tab, click System Restore button.
A System Restore window will open. By default, the PC will recommend you the most recently created System Restore Point. You also have the option to manually select any Restore points stored on the hard drive.
Select any option and click Next.
Next, you will be asked to confirm the decision of restoring your PC to the selected point of time. If you are okay with it, click on Finish button.
Your PC will restart as this process requires your PC to be restarted. So, save any work if you haven’t already.
After the Restart, the PC may take few minutes to restore to the selected point. Once the process is complete, you will get a success message confirming the restoration process. If the restoration process was not successful, then try once more or select a different restore point.