So you have a fully working Windows with no errors and all the settings are set and working properly… Why not create a Restore Point?

Having a restore point to go back to when things don’t work as expected is essential especially if you are willing to install or test new software. You never know, sometimes having a restore point can limit the risk of having to reinstall the entire system in case of a system failure.

Creating a restore point multiple times can be stressful if you do it manually, in this tutorial you will also learn how to create a restore point by a single “double-click”.

Quickly Create System Restore Point

We will see two different ways to create a system restore point, the manual and the automatic – & quick – way. Let’s start with the basics.

What a System Restore Point Can Really Do?

It’s really the first thing that comes to mind… System restore comes handy when facing a “bad driver” or “infected program” that corrupted your Operating System. But what can a system restore do and can not?

To make it easy, system restore will get back to that “working state” without affecting any files or personal folders during the restoration process.

System restore can’t remove viruses and malware that infected your computer, it can help you fix your system but you still need an anti-virus or anti-malware to remove the threats that infected your computer.

Same thing with removed or deleted data, system restore can’t recover your files, if you ever wanted to recover deleted files use a program that was made for that (e.g Recover My Files, Recuva, …).

How to Create a System Restore Point Manually

Open Start menu and search for “Create a restore point“, click on it to open the System Properties window which contains the section System Restore that will allow you to either create a restore point or restore your system to a defined restore point.

Now you have two options:

  • Create a restore point for the system right now by clicking “Create…
  • Revert your system to a previous restore point by clicking “System Restore…

The creation of a restore point may take some time depending on how big the changes and the number of programs you are using on your current system. This type of restore point is manual and you will be asked to give a proper name for it.

In the System restore window (in case you clicked on “System Restore…”) you can either restore your system to the recommended restore which is usually old or “Choose a different restore point“. Click “Next >” to continue.

You will have a list with all the restore points created until now, remember that you can restore your system from the troubleshooting mode (hold SHIFT and restart your computer) which can be useful in case you have difficulties opening System Restore due to a corrupted Windows’ files or registry.

After that click on “Finish” and wait until Windows finishes restoring your specified or chosen restore point. Remember that this process is uninterruptible, your computer will restart and show a message “Please wait while your Windows files and settings are being restored” once the loading has finished. You should get your system back and running after a couple of minutes. Voilà!

Create a Script to Create a System Restore Point

Use your mouse to right-click at any place you want your shortcut to be created and choose “New” > “Shortcut“.

Use this following command in the Create Shortcut’ “location of the item“. This piece of command will tell your Windows to open the Command Prompt and use WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line) to create a System Restore Point.

cmd.exe /k "wmic.exe /Namespace:\\root\default Path SystemRestore Call CreateRestorePoint "Create Restore Point Now", 100, 7"

Put a descriptive name for the shortcut and click “Finish“.

Now you can change the icon of the shortcut to make it easily noticeable and more representing. To do so right-click on the shortcut and choose “Properties“, in the tab “Shortcut” click on “Change Icon…“.

Use the following path to load a different set of icons and choose the one you want.

C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll

Click “OK” to confirm the change of the icon.

Click on “Advanced” to check “Run as administrator” since creating a System Restore Point requires some extra privileges. Click “OK” and “OK” to save changes.

Now if you double-click on the shortcut you will get a black window with some text on it. If you run this script 2 times without making changes on your system, only the first restore point will be created.

I hope this tutorial helped you make your life a little bit easier, if so don’t hesitate to share this knowledge with the world.

Have a nice day and don’t forget to check other Windows tutorials ;)

Soufiane – WindowsCollege.com