The restore point feature in Windows 11 is one of the many restore options available to you. Whether you're making changes to your registry entries, installing new Windows updates, or just wanting to fix problems with your PC, a restore point can help if something goes wrong.
However, in order to use a restore point in the future, you need to create one now first. And in order to create one, you must first configure your PC for restore points. Here we are going to show you how to enable, create and use a restore point in Windows 11.
Should you create a restore point in Windows 11?
The Windows operating system can save a working backup image of your system on a specific date and time called recovery points. If something goes wrong, you can use a restore point to undo all changes and restore your system to its last operating state.
A restore point includes Windows system files, installed programs, registry settings, and system drivers. Your personal files and folders are not backed up.
Once configured, the Windows operating system will automatically create a new restore point before making any important changes to your system, such as: B. installing or uninstalling a Windows update.
By default, Windows creates a new restore point every week and replaces it with the oldest to manage the storage space. However, you can manually create new restore points as often as you like.
Multiple restore points are useful for troubleshooting system-related issues. For example, if a bad driver update is causing your system to malfunction and uninstalling it doesn't help, you can use System Restore to restore your PC to an earlier point in time when the problem didn't exist.
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Will a System Restore affect my personal files and programs?
As mentioned earlier, the restore point does not affect your personal files. However, all apps, hardware drivers, and system updates installed after the restore point date will be uninstalled. This also applies to any changes you have made at the system level, including system settings and other advanced changes.
Likewise, any uninstalled app will be restored after creating the restore point. However, some programs may require reinstallation in order to function properly.
How to enable restore points in Windows 11
For most users, the Windows operating system enables System Restore on your startup drive by default. This is most likely your C: drive, but it may vary depending on how your PC is configured.
Since the restore point feature is a great way to diagnose and fix problems, it has likely been enabled on your PC from day one. However, you can also activate System Restore manually in System Protection.
To enable System Restore:
- Press Win + p which open Windows search.
- Type Recovery point and click on Create a restore point from the search results.
- in the System properties Window, open that System protection Tab.
- make sure protection is set to on under the Protection settings Section.
- When it's set to Out, then click on Configure Button.
- Choose Activate system protection.
- Next, drag the slider to adjust the amount of storage you want to allocate for storing recovery points.
- click Apply and OK to save the changes.
Repeat the steps to enable System Restore for other available drives on your system. This is recommended when installing apps on drivers other than the C: drive.
How to create a restore point in Windows 11
As mentioned earlier, the Windows operating system automatically creates a new restore point before an important system event such as the installation of Windows updates. You can also create restore points manually before making changes to your PC, or just as a routine backup task.
To create a restore point:
- Open that System protection System Properties window tab.
- click on Create Button.
- Enter a description or name for the recovery point. It is recommended that you include an event name along with the date.
- click Create. System protection begins with the creation of the recovery point and displays a success message if successful. It may take a few seconds so wait for it to finish.
- click Close.
How to use the restore point to restore your Windows 11 system
You can perform a system restore to undo system changes by reverting your computer to a previous restore point. However, don't use a restore point in the blink of an eye. It's a capable but time consuming process. So, only use it as a last resort to troubleshoot important system problems in Windows.
To use a restore point through System Restore:
- Open that System protection System Properties window tab.
- Click here on system recovery Button.
- In the System Restore window, click the Next Button.
- On the next page you will see all the available restore points and their type (manual / automatic).
- Choose Show more restore points to view all hidden recovery points, if available.
- Click on Scan for affected programs. System Restore will now search for affected programs and drivers and display a list. This list contains the programs and drivers that will be deleted and restored during the process.
- click Close and click Next Continue.
- On the confirmation screen, read the description to understand the type of recovery and the drivers involved.
- Press the End Button to confirm the action.
- System Restore will display a warning that says: Once started, System Restore cannot be interrupted. click Yes sir confirm and continue.
Windows will first create a restore point for the current state and then restart your PC to initiate the restore process.
This process can take a while. So wait for your PC to show the login screen. Once you log in, you will see a success message if the restore was successful. If that doesn't succeed, you can try the same or a different available restore point.
Create and use a restore point in Windows 11
System Restore is a handy utility for Windows users. It's more convenient than other recovery options that include a rollback, upgrade, or reinstall. If you end up with too many restore points and low disk issues, you can use the disk cleanup tool or you can delete the restore points from your PC manually.
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Tashreef is a technology writer at MakeUseOf. With a bachelor's degree in computer applications, he has over 5 years of writing experience and covers Microsoft Windows and everything related to it. When you're not working, you can tinker it on his PC, try out some FPS titles, or check out animated shows and movies.
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