How to create a Windows Restore Point

Updated: 05/23/2017 by Computer Hope

A restore point can be created automatically or manually, depending on the actions of the user. Windows creates an initial restore point when the user installs Windows for the first time on a computer, and again when Windows updates are installed. In the event that there are problems after an installation or update, the restore point can be used to rollback the operating system to a previous functioning state.

It's a good idea to create a restore point when your computer is in a stable, functioning state. Create one before making significant system changes or installing new or unknown software; if anything goes wrong, you can revert the operating system to the restore point.

To manually create a restore point, follow the steps that correspond to your version of Windows.

Creating a restore point in Windows 8 and 10

To create a restore point in Windows 8 and Windows 10, follow the steps below.

  1. Click Start and type restore.
  2. Click on Create a restore point.
  3. In the System Properties window click the Create button.

Windows Restore point create button

  1. In the new window enter a description for the restore point in the text field and click the Create button. It's a good idea to describe what you are planning on doing to the computer after the restore point has been created. For example, we're creating a restore point called "installed Microsoft Office" with the intentions of installing Office after the restore point has been created.

Windows Restore Point name

Creating a restore point in Windows Vista and Windows 7

To create a restore point in Windows Vista and Windows 7, follow the steps below.

  1. Click the Start orb, find Computer (or My Computer) in the Start Menu, right-click with your mouse and select Properties.

Windows computer properties

  1. On the left side, select the System protection option to open the System Properties window. Then, click the Create button.
  2. In the new window enter a description for the restore point in the text field and click the Create button. It's a good idea to describe what you are planning on doing to the computer after the restore point has been created. For example, we're creating a restore point called "installed Microsoft Office" with the intentions of installing Office after the restore point has been created.

Windows Restore Point name

The restore point will be created and available to rollback to if ever needed.

If you ever need to rollback Windows to an earlier time, on the System Protection tab, click the System Restore button and follow the prompts to initiate the rollback.

Creating a restore point in Windows XP

To create a restore point in Windows XP, follow the steps below.

  1. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then System Restore.
  2. In the System Restore window select the Create a restore point option and click the Next button.

Windows XP restore point

  1. Enter a description for the restore point in the Restore point description text field and click the Create button.

The restore point will be created and available to rollback to if ever needed.

If you ever need to rollback Windows to an earlier time, on the System Protection tab, click the System Restore button and follow the prompts to initiate the rollback.

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