How to Create a System Restore Windows 7 , 8.1, 10 – It’s amazing to think that System Restore has been around since Windows ME but it seems to be one of the most underutilized tools. People often opt for third-party back-up and recovery options. But you don’t have to pay money or download unsafe software in order to protect your Windows System files and folders from crashes.
What is System Restore?
Basically, if something goes wrong after you install a problematic piece of software like a driver or just productivity software that doesn’t play nice with your computer, system restore will allow you to roll-back your Windows installation its most recent working state.
What are System Restore Point?
It accomplishes this by creating “restore point” every so often. Restore points are basic snapshots of your Windows system files. This also includes specific program files, registry settings, and hardware drivers. The beauty of system restore is you can dictate when restore points are created. As a matter of fact, you can create them at any time you want. By default, Windows creates a system restore points at least once per week. It also creates a restore point right before a major system event, like installing a new device driver, app or running Windows update.
Why use System Restore?
This can be particularly useful when you need to troubleshoot and find which piece of software is messing with your computer. It’s not always your fault though. Sometimes Microsoft releases some very buggy updates. These updates can be system crippling. That’s why it’s important to have a system restore point before going ahead with a system update.
What it does and doesn’t do
It’s important to note that System Restore point doesn’t back everything up, only specific underlying Windows system files. Just to clarify, it doesn’t actually back any of your personal files and programs up. In turn, this means that it won’t overwrite any of your files and folders once you decide to restore them. There’s a big but here…
When you restore your PC to an earlier state or restore point, applications you installed after that point, will get uninstalled. Apps that you installed after making the restore point will get restored. The issue here is because system restore doesn’t back your programs up, just certain files, some of the programs it restores won’t work. That’s why it’s important to re-run their installers to ensure that they will work properly.
How to Create System Restore Windows 7 , 8.1 , 10
By default, System Restore is turned on for your main system, where your installation is. For most people, this is drive c. It’s not turned on for any other drives on your PC. If you want to be protected by System Restore, you should at least turn it on for your system drive. In most cases, this is all that is needed but you can, however, turn it on for every drive that you deem to be important.
To make sure that System Restore is enabled, follow these instructions:
+ For Windows 7 Systems:
- Click on start
- Open the control panel
- Select System and Security and then click on the system link
- This will open the System Window. Select the System Protection link in the left panel.
- This will open up the System Properties Select the System Protection tab.
- Under the protection settings panel, you should see a list of all available drives on your computer. Select the drive you want to enable System Restore for. If the system protection is off, select the drive and then click on configure.
- This will bring up the System Protection dialog. From here, click on the “Turn on System Protection” radio button. You can also define the maximum disk space used for system protection. As space fills up, older restore points will be deleted to make room for new ones. So the more space you allot, the more previous restore points you’ll have.
- If you’re happy with your settings, you can then click on the “OK” button to exit the System Properties dialog.
+ For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10
- Open the Windows Start menu, type “Create a system restore point” then click on the very first result.
- This will open the System Properties dialog on the System Protection tab.You can then follow step 6 – 8 from the Windows 7 steps above
To create a restore point, instead of selecting “Configure” in the System Properties, select “Create”. This will bring up a System Protection dialog which will allow you to name and create your Restore Point. It can take you up to thirty seconds to create a restore point, and System Restore will let you know when it’s done. As soon as it’s done, click “Close”
If you want to perform a system restore, all you need to do is once again select the System Protection tab from the System Properties dialog and then select system restore. Follow the prompts and choose which system restore you want to use. It’s that easy. I hope you’ve found this article to be both helpful and informative. Please leave a comment in the comment box below if you need any help or assistance. Thank you for reading.