How to manually create a Restore Point for System Restore

By | December 1, 2017

When you have problems such as suddenly a problem with your PC and your system is in an unstable state does not operate normally, if you want to return to the system point before the problem occurred, you can use “System Restore“.

System Restore allows you to restore your Windows system files and registry to their previous state. System Restore means returning to the previous system state”. It is “restore points” that decides a “cetain previous point”.

A “Restore point” represent a stored state of your computer system files and Registry info, which is automatically created when you are installing Windows Updates, an application or Drivers.

System Restore automatically creates a restore point before the following events.

1. Application install. If the application install causes system problems, you can restore the system to a state before the application install.

2. Windows Update installation. After downloading the update files, you can install the update on the system. System Restore creates a restore point before the installation of the update begins.

System Restore affects Windows system files, installed applications, registry info, but does not affect personal data files such as documents, images, mail, etc.

As mentioned above, System Restore can be configured to create restore points at regular intervals. System restore points are automatically created, but also you can create and name them manually at any time through the System Restore user interface.

Create a restore point

▼ As below, press Windows + R key to open Run, and enter 1control or C:\Windows\System32\control.exe in the text box. Click 2OKbutton.

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▼ Control Panel will open. Select View by:Large(small) icons, and click 1Recovery.

Create Restore point

▼ Next, in the Advanced recovery tools section, click 1Configure System Restore.

Create Restore point

▼ As a quicker approach, enter 1Restore or Create Restore Point in the search box and click 2Create Restore Point in the search results.

Create Restore point

▼  Click on 1System Protection tab. Make sure that the targeted drive(in this case, C:) is set to “ON“. If it is set to 2OFF, click 3Configure… button.

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▼ In the Restore Settings section, select 1Turn on system protection. The system is now protected. Click 2OK button.

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▼ Now, System Drive(C:) is changed to 1ON“. You are now ready to create a restore point. Click 2Create button. For the drives that have system protection turned off, Create button is grayed and “Off”.

Create Restore point

▼ Typing a 1description in the text field for creating the restore point, and click on 2Create button.

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▼ Creating Restore point is in progress.

Create Restore point

▼ The restore point for the drives you selected. was created successfully. Click Close button.

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Checking restore points

If you have a problem with system of the PC, you can restore it to any previous point time when your system was operating normally.

As mentioned, System Restore does not affect data such as documents or images, email. However, if you perform a system restore based on the time when created the “restore point”, the application or driver installed after creating the restore point may be deleted or unusable.

In this case, you must reinstall the system, so carefully consider this before performing a system restore.

Then, see if the “Restore Point” above was created successfully. In the System Properties, click 3System Restore button.

Create Restore point

▼ The following “System Restore” window is open. 1Next button.

Create Restore point

▼ From here you can choose the 1restore point which you would like to go back to any previous state.

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▼ When clicking on 2Scan for affected programs button, you will be able to see what applications are affected, such as programs that can cause problems with the operation after system restore.

Create Restore point in Windows10

▼ Once you have selected the desired restore point, click the above 3Next button. You can confirm the time of “Restore Point”. Click 2Finish button. you can also confirm what applications are affected clicking 1Scan for affected programs.

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▼ When clicking 1Yes button,
System Restore starts.

Create Restore point

Recovery: Reset your PC

As mentioned, If the worst system failure occurs in applications and tool sinstalled after running System Restore, you may need to reinstall the application again.

▼ Or you can also choose the options: Update & security > Recovery in Windows Settings.

Reset this PC reinstalls Windows but you choose two options whether to keep your files or deletes them to make a complete factory reset.

To get started, click Get started. It is recommended that you back up fully this of the PC before you run it.

Create Restore point

Note: Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files, apps and settings.

Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you’ve made.