HOW TO: Create a Restore Point in Windows 10

Windows generally auto-creates a restore point when it installs updates and some programs will create one as part of their install process. However, you should manually create one any time you’re changing system settings and aren’t 100% confident of the outcome. Even if you are sure it won’t cause havoc, it’s not a bad idea to create a restore point before making changes to your Windows system anyway.

This post shows how to create a restore point using Windows 10, though the procedure is similar in all current versions of Windows. Keep reading to see how to do it!

Step 1: Open Start and type “create”. “Create a restore point” should be the first option to appear. Left-click to open it.

Step 2: Click the “Create…” button near the bottom of the System Properties window.

Step 3: Give the restore point a descriptive name.

Step 4: Wait. It may take a few minutes to create the restore point.

Step 5: Done!

Simple, right? Now the restore point can be used to revert Windows back to its state at that moment if something goes awry.

This process was last verified by me using Windows 10 Home version 1803 on 2018-11-13. As Windows 10 is an evolving operating system with a seemingly constant stream of “improvements” being sent out by our overlords at Microsoft, this process may change with future updates to Windows. If there are any inaccuracies, or if this solution didn’t work for you for any reason, leave a comment or hit me up via tweet or DM over on Twitter @AwkwardPrimate so we can get it sorted.

As always, constructive feedback is 100% welcome in the comments or on Twitter. Thanks!


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