How to create a system restore point on Windows 10 or Windows 11

System Restore allows you to restore key Windows system files and registry settings to a known good state. Windows automatically creates them in certain situations, but you may want to create them manually before installing device drivers or making other major changes to the system. Here’s how.

What is a system restore point?

Windows 10 and 11 include a utility called System Restore that can repair broken Windows installations by returning some system files and Windows registry settings to a previous state. It does this by using restore points, which are snapshots of system and registry files made either automatically or manually before problems arose.

Restore points are stored in a hidden folder called “System Volume Information” located at the root of each drive. Creating a restore point doesn’t make any changes to your system, but restoring it later does. We’ll cover both Windows 10 and 11, because the instructions are the same in each edition.

Noticeable: Windows will automatically create system restore points in certain situations, so you may be able to restore your previous system state even if you didn’t create one manually. However, you may want to manually create system restore points before making major changes to your computer settings, installing drives, or installing large applications.

How to create a system restore point in Windows

It is very easy to create a system restore point manually in Windows 10 or Windows 11. To get started, open the Start menu and type “restore point.” In the results that appear, select “Create a restore point”.

He writes "system recovery" and choose "Create a restore point."

The System Properties window will open with the System Protection tab selected. This is the main interface for managing restore points within Windows. Click the Create button at the bottom of the window.

tap on "Create" button.

In the window that appears, type the name of the restore point. A good rule of thumb is to use a name that identifies why you’re doing the restore point, such as a pre-install or major upgrade. For example “Before version upgrade” or “Before installing Dropbox.”

When you’re ready, click Create.

Type in the name of the system restore point and click "Create."

You will see a progress bar, and then if all goes well, a message will appear that says “The restore point was created successfully”. Click Close.

click "Close"

Next, you are done creating the restore point.

If you want to create restore points automatically in the future, you can use the same System Protection tab in System Properties. Select the drive you wish to protect, then click Configure. In the window that appears, select “Turn on system protection”, then click “OK”. When done, click OK or close the System Properties window.

Related: How to enable System Restore (and fix system problems) on Windows 10

How to restore a system restore point in Windows

To restore a system restore point in Windows 10 or 11, we will be using the same System Protection tab in the above instructions. First, open the Start menu and type “restore point,” then click on “Create a restore point” in the results.

He writes "system recovery" and choose "Create a restore point."

In the System Properties window that appears, click System Restore.

click "system recovery."

In the System Restore window that pops up, click Next when you see the introductory information. On the next screen, you will see a list of system restore points available on your computer. Select the one you want to restore and click Next.

advice: On this same screen, you can select a restore point and click “Scan for affected programs” to see a list of installed applications that will be affected by the restore process. This may help you decide whether to choose a restore point.

Select a system restore point and click "next one."

After that, you will see a summary screen. Click Finish.

click "ends."

warning: By clicking Yes in the next step, you are about to make a permanent change to your system that may make your apps not working properly. System Restore overwrites system files with older versions, and that can break things. Use it only if you are recovering from a critical error. Also, you will not be able to use your computer while the system restore process is in progress.

If you are ready to start System Restore, click Yes on the final warning screen.

click "Yeah."

Your system will restart and the restore process will begin. After it completes, if all goes well, you will be able to log into Windows and use your computer as usual. Good luck and God bless you!

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