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How Do I Create and Use Windows Restore Point in Windows 10/8/7 [Beginners' Guide]

Updated by Jean on Nov 29, 2021
Written by Tracy King

This page mainly tells that is Windows Restore Point, why do you need it, and show you how to create and use the Windows Restore Point in Windows 10/8/7. 

If you are looking for a reliable way to protect your OS and computer from OS update failure or computer crash error, creating a Windows Restore Point is the best solution. Let's start!

What Is Windows Restore Point?

Briefly, a Windows Restore Point is a backup image of Windows OS, configuration, and settings. It helps to restore Windows OS to an earlier date when the restore point was created. Windows Restore Point is also called System Restore Point. 

More details about Windows Restore Point:

Windows Restore Point Content Backup Frequency Supported Windows OS
  • Snapshot of Windows OS, system files
  • Installed software
  • Hardware drivers
  • Installed new hardware drivers
  • Manual creations of restore points
  • Etc.
Once a day by default
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1/8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista

What Does Windows Restore Point Do:

  • Undo unwanted system changes - such as to revert Windows to an earlier date.
  • Protect OS from system crash, like Windows 10 update failure.
  • Restore computer from Windows 10 BSOD error, boot failure error. 
  • Save Windows from application crash, virus attack.
  • Restore applications or lost files from a previous restore point. 

So how to create a Windows Restore Point to protect the computer, installed applications? In the next part, we'll take Windows 10 as an example to show you the process of creating Windows 10 restore point on your own. 

How to Create a Restore Point in Windows 10/7

Solution Source: support.microsoft.com

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/create-a-system-restore-point-77e02e2a-3298-c869-9974-ef5658ea3be9

Step 1. Press Windows + S keys, type create a restore point in the search box. 

Click to open it in the control panel.

open create restore point tool

Step 2. On the System Protection tab, click "Create".

Create Windows restore point

Step 3. Type a description of the restore point and click "Create".

Name the restore point and confirm to create

Step 4. Click "Close" when System Protection pops up a note, saying "The restore point was created successfully". 

Finish creating Windows 10 restore point

Note that the process also works to help you create a Windows Restore Point in Windows 8/8.1.

As for Windows 7, follow the tips below to create the restore point:

  1. 1. Click "Start" > "Control Panel" > "System and Security" > "System".
  2. 2. Go to the System Protection tab > click "Create".
  3. 3. Name the restore point, click "Create".
  4. 4. Click "Close" when Windows tells restore point was created successfully.

Create Windows Restore point in Windows 7

When you finish creating the restore point on your computer, you can perform a System Restore or revert Windows 10/7 to a previous date at any time. How to use it? Check the next tutorial guide. 

How Do I Restore (Windows 10) Computer to an Earlier Date

Step 1. Press Windows + S keys, type control panel in the search box, and click to open it.

Open control panel

Step 2. On Control Panel, click "Recovery" > "Open System Restore".

Open System Restore tool

Step 3. Click "Next" on the Restore system files and settings window. 

Step 4. Select the latest or an earlier Windows restore point that you created on an earlier date, select "Scan for affected programs". 

Select a Windows restore point and scan affected programs

Step 5. If you see a list of items that will be deleted if you use the selected restore point.

Back up these affected items to an external hard drive first. 

Step 6. Then, click "Close" > "Next" > "Finish".

Click finish to perform system restore with a previously created restore point

If you selected the wrong Windows Restore Point, you can also cancel the operation, see how to do it:

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How to Undo System Restore in Windows 10/8/7 

According to different Windows Operating Systems, the ways to undo System Restore are variable. And here you can follow the specific methods on your Windows OS for a guide now.

undo system restore

Windows Restore Point vs Windows OS Backup, Which Is Better? Pros & Cons

According to some Windows users, there is another easier solution to protect your data, applications, and even Windows system. It is to create Windows OS backup via a third-party Windows system backup software

So what's the difference between Windows Restore Point and Windows OS backup? Check the Pros and Cons of these two solutions:

Which Is Better Windows Restore Point Windows OS Backup
Pros
  • Free
  • Backup OS, applications, and desktop files.
  • Backup OS, applications, desktop files.
  • The Windows OS backup image can be saved to a non-system drive, taking up small space with a compressed image.
  • OS image won't disappear whether you've enabled or disabled System Restore.
Cons
  • All Windows restore points will be deleted once you disable System Restore.
  • Windows restore points takes up huge space in system C: drive.
  • Not free

Which is better? According to the comparison table, Windows OS backup saves the C drive space and won't be removed when you did some configuration changes to the computer. 

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Bonus Tip: How to Backup Windows (10) OS with Windows Backup Software

#1. Back Up Windows 10 OS:

Step 1. On the main page, click "Select backup contents".

create system backup step1

Step 2. Among the four available categories, click OS.

create system backup step2

Step 3. EaseUS Todo Backup will automatically select your system partition, you only need to select the backup destination.

create system backup step3

Step 4. Both Local Drive and NAS are available for you to save the backup file.

create system backup step5

Step 5. After finishing the backup process, you can check the backup status, recover, open, or delete the backup by right-clicking the backup task on the left.

create system backup step5

#2. Restore Windows 10 To An Earlier Date via OS Backup Image

If you need to revert Windows OS to a previous state, you can apply EaseUS Todo Backup and restore system with the OS backup image.

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* To perform system recovery on a none-bootable machine, try to boot the computer through the EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup, click "Browse to Recover".

Click Browse to Recover

Step 2. Guide to your backup destination, choose the system backup file you need. (The backup file created by EaseUS Todo Backup is a pbd file.)

System recovery step2

Step 3. Choose the recovery disk. Make sure that the partition style of the source disk and the recovery disk are the same.

system recovery step3

Step 4. You can customize the disk layout according to your needs. Then click "Proceed" to start system backup recovery.

Sytem recovery step4

You May Also Be Interested: FAQs About Windows Restore Point

On this page, we explained that is Windows Restore Point and how to create and use it. Here we also collected some questions that are related to Windows Restore Point, and if you have the same doubts, check and find answers here.

1. How do I find an earlier restore point? [View restore points windows 10]

  • Press Windows + R keys, type rstrui in the Run dialog, and click "OK".
  • If you didn't perform System Restore, click "Next".
  • If you had previously done a System Restore, check "Choose a different restore point" and click "Next".
  • All the Windows restore points that you've created will be listed with a date and time created, description, and type information. 

View and find an earlier Windows Restore Point

2. Where does Windows 10 save the restore point? 

The physical location of the Windows 10 restore point is located in the root directly of your system drive, in the folder - System Volume Information.

To view it:

  • Open Control Panel > Recover > File Explorer Options > View Tab.
  • Uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" and click "Apply".
  • Open File Explorer > C: drive > System Volume Information folder will appear.
  • Right-click on the folder > Properties > Security > Advanced.
  • Click "Continue" > "Add" > Type the username that to get access rights > "OK"
  • Check "Full control" under Basic permissions > "OK". 

You can find the System Volume Information folder in the C drive then. 

3. Will System Restore Delete My Files? 

System Restore takes a "snapshot" of some system files and the Windows registry and saves them as Restore Points. Here is a form that lists the affected and not affected programs and files by running System Restore:

  • Installed Windows programs
  • System files
  • Registry settings
  • Windows Updates
  • Desktop saved files and folders

For example, if you created a folder or edit a document on your computer desktop. Then you perform a system restore, the OS and all files in the C drive will be reverted to an earlier date. So the files will be lost. For more information, follow Will System Restore Delete My Files

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Updated by Jean

Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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