How to Create System Restore Point in Windows Operating System

How to Create System Restore Point in Windows Operating System

You can create a System Restore Point in Windows 10 with a simple double-click. It is fastest and safe to create System Restore Point with a simple script. Windows 10 has with many recovery features that can help you to fix most problems you may come across. One of these features include System Restore Point, which allows you to take your PC back to a point in time where everything was working correctly, if there are problems due to a recently installed update, driver, or app.

Typically, the operating system will create a new restore point before making changes to your computer and you can restore it manually. We are going to create desktop shortcut with a special script, which will allow you to create new restore points with a simple double-click.

Before creating custom system restore point, we need to make sure that System Restore Point is enabled on your PC.

    1. Open the Start menu, do a search for Create a restore point, and press Enter.
    2. On System Protection, under Protections Settings, verify whether the setting is turned Onor Off. If the system drive’s protection is On, then no further actions are required.
    3. If it’s the system protection is Off, select your PC system drive, and click the Configure button.

  1. Select the Turn on system protection option.
  2. Click Apply.
  3. Click OK.

To create a restore point with a double-click follow the steps below:

    1. Right-click on the desktop, select New, and click Shortcut.
    2. On the Create Shortcut wizard, type the this command:
      cmd.exe /k "wmic.exe /Namespace:\\root\default Path SystemRestore Call CreateRestorePoint "My Shortcut Restore Point", 100, 7"
      , and click Next.
    3. Note: The command basically tells the operating system to open Command Prompt and use Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) tool to create a system restore point of your Windows 10 PC.
    4. Enter a descriptive name for the shortcut, and click Finish.

    1. Right-click the newly created shortcut, and select Properties.
    2. If you want to add a more appropriate icon, click the Change icon button.

    1. In the field type the following path C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll and press Enter.

    1. Select the icon you want and click OK.
    2. Click the Advanced button.
    3. Select Run as administrator.

    1. Click OK.
    2. Click Apply.
    3. Click OK to complete the task.
    4. Finally, double-click the desktop shortcut to test if a system restore point can be created. If you get a Command Prompt with the output identical to the screenshot below, then everything is working correctly.

Now the next time you’re about to install a new app, driver, or you’re planning to modify anything on your PC, you can quickly double-click the shortcut to create a new restore point, instead of going through a number of other steps.

These steps will also on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 PCs. Also, it’s important to point out that on Windows 8.1 and newer versions, the script will run, but it won’t create a new restore point if there are earlier points created in the past 24 hours. If this is the case, you’ll need to delete previous restore points for the script to :

  1. Open the Start menu, do a search for Create a restore point, and press Enter.
  2. Select the hard disk you want to create a new restore point.
  3. Click the Configure button.
  4. Click the Delete button.
  5. Click Continue to confirm deletion.

How to Create System Restore Points using Script or Command-Line?
You can create System Restore Points quickly by scripting it using WMI. There are two methods, one using a VBscript, and other other is using WMIC ().

Restore Point creation using Script
Download and extract the VBscript to a folder of your choice, say D:\Scripts. Double-click the file create_restore_point.vbs to run it. When you see the following prompt, type the description  and press ENTER. The description you provided here will be listed in the System Restore window.


The text box is pre-populated with the text Manual Restore Point. You may use the default description, or modify it accordingly before clicking OK.

Note: You won’t see the input box above, if the script detects you’re using Windows 10. That’s because due to a change in Windows 10 Anniversary Update v1607, description don’t work. Restore points are always named “Automatic Restore Point”.

Tip #1: If you want to use the default description and don’t want the input box to appear, edit the file create_restore_point.vbs using Notepad, and delete line #37 (line that starts with the following code) and save the file.

sDesc = InputBox ("Enter a description.".......

The script does not show a confirmation message box if the operation is successful. If the Create operation failed, it does show you the error code it encountered.


Tip #2: You may create a shortcut to the script and place it in your Quick Launch folder, and customize the shortcut icon accordingly. In Windows XP, you can use the icon in C:\Windows\System32\Restore\rstrui.exe and C:\Windows\System32\rstrui.exe in Windows Vista and higher. In Windows 7 and higher, you can pin the shortcut to the script in the Taskbar or in the Start menu. 



You can see the pinned shortcut in the Start menu of Windows 10 here.



Note: To Pin the shortcut to the script to Taskbar or Start menu, edit the script shortcut’s properties and append wscript.exe before the target path.




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