Windows 10 system restore point is a built-in feature which allows you to backup important files and use them later to troubleshoot your system if something goes wrong. System restore point could save you many hours and avoid lots of headaches.
System restore point arrived in Windows ME. This feature creates a backup of registry files, drivers, and other vital files. It important for every user to know how to create a Windows 10 restore point just for the sake of peace of mind.
Creating Windows 10 Restore Point
You can create Windows 10 restore point manually or set up automatic backup. Do note that this feature requires Administrator access level. If your user profile has no such access, be sure to find Administrator password, otherwise, you will have no luck even getting to the right section of the operating system.
- Press Win + R to initiate Run window. Enter SystemPropertiesProtection command and hit Enter. You will end up with the System Properties window.
- By default, Windows keeps system protection disabled (it consumes some amount of storage so the user has to set up this manually).
- Select Local Disk (C:) (System) and click Configure.
- In the new window, press Turn on system protection. Next, move Max usage slider to approximate value to 5-10%. Windows gets rid of the old system restore points if it runs out of reserved storage.
- Press Ok. Now you have system protection enabled. Let’s move on to creating a restore point.
- Now press Create button and give it a name. You can call it whatever you want. Press Create and wait for the system to create a restore point. This should take less than a minute.
How to Automatically Create Windows 10 Restore Point?
The best solution is to create a restore point when your system is fresh and flawless but after some time this restore point may end up being out of date. Restoring such point will force you to reinstall lots of software and settings thus some users prefer setting up an automatic restore points generation.
- On your keyboard, press Win + R and enter Taskschd.msc.
- In the right sidebar, click Create Task.
- Give your task a proper name in the Name field. For example, Restore Point Generator. Check Run whether the user is logged or not and Run with highest privileges.
- Now move to the Actions tab and press New.
- In the new window make sure the Action field is set to Start a program. In the Program/script field enter powershell.exe. In this step, we tell the system that it should run PowerShell and execute a special command to generate a restore point.
- Now copy and paste in the Add arguments field the following command:
-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command “Checkpoint-Computer -Description \”Restore Point (Automatic)\” -RestorePointType \”MODIFY_SETTINGS\””
There should be no point at the end of the command.
- Next, switch to the Triggers tab. Press New. In this step, we tell the system when it should generate a new restore point.
- Begin the task field should be On a schedule. Check Weekly and select the day you prefer. Press Ok.
- Go to Conditions tab and uncheck Start the task only if the computer is on AC power. This step is not necessary for a desktop PC. Do it only if you use a laptop. Generating a restore point is not very battery taxing so it won’t consume a lot of juice.
- Now go to the Settings tab and check the Run task as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed. This is needed in case your PC was turned off in the scheduled time.
- Press Ok and enter your account password. Important: if you use Microsoft Account and PIN code, you should enter Microsoft Account password, not a PIN.
Done. Now your system will be generating fresh restore points every week.
How to Restore a Computer Using Windows 10 Restore Point?
Let’s suppose your PC went mad and misbehaves. It is time to make good use of restore points.
- If you can boot to the desktop, press Win + R and enter SystemPropertiesProtection. In the System Properties window press System Restore.
- In the new window, press Next and select which one of the available points you want to restore. Select it and hit Next.
- Confirm your restore point by pressing Finish. Wait for the process to be done and restart your computer.
How to Restore a Computer Using Windows 10 Restore Point if a PC Won’t Boot?
If your system can’t boot properly, try to launch it using Safe mode with a Command Prompt. When you are on a desktop with a Command Prompt opened, type in rstrui.exe and follow the on-screen instructions. The procedure will be the same as in the previous section of this article.
How to Delete the System Restore Point?
If you want to get rid of the old system restore points or just want to free up some space, you can easily delete old or all restore points.
- Again, press Win + R and type in SystemPropertiesProtection.
- In the window select drive C and click Configure.
- In the new window hit Delete and confirm your decision.
Done. All restore points are gone.