Instructions to create a restore point on Windows 10 manually

In this guide, ThuthuatIT will explain how System Restore Point works and show you several ways to create a restore point on Windows 10 manually.

You may have read some articles that warn you to create a System Restore Point before making changes to your computer. If you don’t know what System Restore Point means, think of it as a backup of your PC’s settings and other important system files.

Assuming you installed a malicious program or accidentally deleted the registry file and the computer started to malfunction, you can easily undo these (unwanted) changes by performing a system restore. system. That allows you to return your computer to its original state (called a restore point) when everything is running smoothly.

Enable System Protection on Windows

System Protection is a feature of the Windows operating system that allows you to undo unwanted system changes by performing a system restore (System Restore).

First you need to enable System Protection on your computer. Some computers have this feature enabled by default, but others may ask you to enable it manually.

To check if System Protection is enabled, type “restore point” in the Windows search bar and click it.

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That will redirect you to the System Protection window. There is also another way to enter System Protectio through Control Panel > System > System Protection.

If the System Protection and Create buttons are grayed out and the Protection status next to the system disk says Off, it means that System Protection has been disabled.

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To enable System Protection, select System and click Configure.

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Choose Turn on system protection and click OK .

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Windows automatically assigns about 3 – 10% of the hard drive to the System Protection feature. You can change by adjusting the slider Max Usage.

Note: Be sure to specify at least 1GB (or more) because System Protection will not run if the reserved disk space is less than 1GB.

If the reserved space is occupied, Windows deletes the older restore points to make room for the new ones. We recommend leaving the default disk space that Windows recommends.

The default allocation should be enough to accommodate as many restore points as possible. The more restore points you have, the better your chances of recovering files, settings, and other configurations should your computer crash.

With System Protection set up, you can now create a restore point on Windows 10 manually.

Create a restore point on Windows 10 manually

Windows automatically creates a restore point when you turn on System Protection. It does so once a week or before important events like Windows update, driver installation, etc.

You can also create a Windows 10 restore point manually if you’re making system changes to your computer. For example, you should create a restore point manually before making changes to the Windows Registry.

To create a restore point manually, go to the System Protection window (Control Panel > System > System protection) and click Create.

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Enter a description in the dialog box and click Create to continue.

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Windows will create a restore point and display a success message when it’s done.

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Creating a restore point on Windows 10 can take a few minutes, depending on the file size in the restore point and the performance of your drive.

Create a restore point on Windows 10 with Windows PowerShell

You can quickly create a restore point in seconds using Windows PowerShell. All you need to do is paste some commands into the PowerShell console following the instructions below.

Type “PowerShell” into the Windows search bar and click Run as Administrator.

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Paste the command below into the PowerShell console and press Enter .

powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoExit -Command “Checkpoint-Computer -Description ‘Restore Point Name’ -RestorePointType ‘MODIFY_SETTINGS’”

Note: You can replace the restore point name in the command with any description you choose.

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Windows will create a restore point when the progress bar hits 100%.

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By default, you can only create a restore point with PowerShell once in 24 hours. If Windows shows an error that says “A new system restore point cannot be created because one has already been created within the past 1440 minutes”, it means that Windows automatically created a restore point in the last 24 hours.

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How to roll back changes using system restore

You created a restore point on Win 10, how to use it to undo to the previous point if the computer crashes? Here’s how to undo system changes using System Restore.

Launch the System Protection window (Control Panel > System > System protection) and click System Restore.

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Click Next to launch the System Restore window. On this page you will find a list of all restore points, a description, and the date and time it was created.

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Select a restore point and click next to continue. Select the restore point just before the event that caused the problem you’re trying to fix.

Tips: Click the button Scan for affected programs to see a list of apps that Windows will remove during system restore.

If you cannot remember the description of the restore point or there are multiple entries in the list with similar descriptions, check the date/time and select the most recent restore point.

Click finish on the next page to confirm the selection. Windows will restart the computer so close all active applications to avoid losing unsaved files and data.

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Windows not starting? Here’s how to do a system restore

The technique above shows you how to undo changes with system restore while the computer is on. But what if the computer can’t be started? Or Windows boots properly but hangs before reaching the System Restore window? Then how do you restore your device?

Like we mentioned earlier, Windows often offers multiple ways to get things done. So, if your computer doesn’t load Windows properly, you can initiate system restore from the Advanced Startup Options menu.

Power off the computer and turn it back on. Press and hold the power button as soon as the Windows logo appears on the screen to turn off the computer again. Repeat this three times and the computer will boot into the Windows Recovery Environment.

Windows will diagnose the computer and display one of the following error messages: “Automatic Repair couldn’t repair your PC” or “Your PC did not start correctly”. Ignore the error message and click Advanced options to enter the advanced options menu.

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Next, click Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > System Restore and select username on the next page.

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Enter your account password to continue. If the account is not password protected, leave the password box blank and click tiếp tục. Select a restore point from the list and click next to continue.

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Conclude

You already know how to create a restore point on Win 10 and how to perform a system restore, even if the computer won’t boot. However, you should keep in mind that system restore is not a backup solution; it only saves files and system settings, not your personal data.

In addition to creating a restore point manually, we also recommend creating a USB Drive data recovery or System Image Backup. With these, you can restore your computer (including all installed programs, settings, files, etc.) to a previous state if your computer has problems.

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