How to create a system restore point in Windows 10

Creating a system restore point is like having a Windows time machine. When you create a system restore point in Windows 10 it records the state of the computer at that moment time. This allows the user to revert the computer to that point if things have gone wrong or a driver or software install has caused problems.

System restore may or may not fix the problem you are experiencing and will remove anything you have installed on your computer since the restore point was created.

Using system restore should not alter your documents folder. However, there is no guarantee, we recommend making a backup copy. Make sure you do not have anything important saved to your Desktop, as items from the desktop maybe removed.

Instructions to create a system restore point in Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows key to activate the text box on the taskbar.
  2. Type restore in the text box on the task bar 
  3. A list of options will appear select Create a restore point.
  4. The System Properties box will open, (if you can not see it check the taskbar).
  5. Select the System Protection tab as shown below.
  6. Under the Protection Settings section, highlight the (C:) drive (If you need help turning system restore on click here)
  7. Click the button labeled Create

Create a restore point

  1. This will open a text box, where you should name your restore point. We suggest naming the restore point what you are about to do, for example “Before installing printer driver”

Create a restore point name

  1. Click Create and it will create the restore point

creating restore point

  1. Click Close. Your system restore point should be created.

confirmation of successful restore point

If you are having difficulties creating a system restore point please note that you need to have system restore enabled. Please go to our How to enable system restore in Windows 10If you would like to know how to restore from a restore point you created please use the search box above. For further information from Microsoft on system restore please click here.

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