How to Create a Windows Restore Point

Author Scott M on February 14, 2012 | Print | Bookmark
Last updated on April 6, 2012

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SUMMARY

I want to protect my current registry while I make changes to my computer. How do I create a System Restore point in Windows? How do I restore my computer to an earlier time, if necessary?


SOLUTION

Windows XP and ME
Windows Vista and 7 

Windows XP and ME:

NOTE: Windows ME and XP automatically create system restore points on a regular basis. Restore points may also be created at critical junctures, such as device driver installation.

To create a Restore Point manually

  1. From the Windows Start menu, click Run.
    Start 

  2. Type Msconfig and click OK.
    msconfig 

  3. Click Launch System Restore.
    Launch 

  4. Click Create a restore point and then click Next.
    Welcome 

  5. In the Restore point description box, type a name to identify this restore point. The current date and time is automatically added to the Restore Point name.
    Create 

  6. Click Create.

NOTE: To cancel restore point creation and return to the Welcome to System Restore screen, click Back. To cancel restore point creation and exit the System Restore Wizard, click Cancel. 

To restore your computer in case of problems

NOTE: the System Restoration does not affect your data (documents, pictures, etc.); only programs, system files and the Windows registry.

  1. From the Windows Start menu, click Run.
    Start Menu

  2. Type Msconfig and click OK.
    Msconfig 

  3. Click Launch System Restore.
    Launch 

  4. Click Restore my computer to an earlier time.
    Welcome 

  5. Select the date you created the restore point from the calendar in the Select a Restore Point dialog, and then click the appropriate restore point from the list and click next, following the prompts. Dates with restore points available are shown as bold on the calendar.
    select 

NOTE: For information on how to use System Restore from a Command Prompt (in case Windows cannot restart properly), see Microsoft article Q304449


Windows Vista and 7:

NOTE: Windows Vista and 7 automatically create system restore points on a regular basis. Restore points may also be created at critical junctures, such as device driver installation, after a Windows Update, etc.

To create a Restore Point manually

  1. From the Windows Start menu, right-click on Computer, then click Properties.
    Start 
     
  2. This will bring up the System Information window. Click on System Protection.
    System info

  3. On the System Properties window, click Create....
    Create 

  4. Type in a name for the restore point and click Create. HINT: Make it something recognizeable for later.
    Create 2 

  5. When it is finished, you will get a message saying that it completed successfully.

To restore your computer in case of problems

NOTE: the System Restoration does not affect your data (Documents, pictures, etc.); only programs, system files and the Windows registry.

  1. From the Windows Start menu, right-click on Computer, then click Properties.
    Start  

  2. This will bring up the System Information window. Click on System Protection.
    System 

  3. On the System Properties window, click System Restore....
    System Restore 

  4. Click Next.
    System Restore 2 

  5. Choose the restore point and click Next, following the rest of the prompts to restore.
    Choose 

 

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Keywords: How To: Windows

Platforms: WinMe, WinXP, WinVista, Win7

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