How to Create A System Restore Point In Windows 10

In this blog post, we will be going over how to create a system restore point in Windows 10. A system restore is a way of restoring your computer back to the state it was at a previous date and time. 

System restores are useful when you have accidentally deleted something or want to change certain settings on your computer.

If you have never created a system restore before, follow along with this tutorial so that next time you need one, you’ll know exactly what to do! 

What Is A System Restore Point?

A system restores point will allow you to undo any changes you’ve made on your computer. System restores are a very important feature of Windows because they allow you to remove viruses, fix broken programs and errors, or delete something from the internet that you don’t want on your computer. 

I would like to point out that creating a system restore is different from restoring your computer. When you create a system restore, it will roll back all of the changes made since the last time you created one.

Restoring your computer will undo any damage done to your computer and put everything back as it was at the factory.

Creating a system restore is useful if you’ve added something to your computer and want to remove it without starting from scratch. 

When Should You Create A System Restore Point?

There are many reasons why it is important and beneficial for you to create a system restore point. Many times you will want to create a restore point before:

– Installing New Programs

Updating Downloads, Such as Adobe Reader or Java

– Making Changes To Windows Settings 

Most computer problems and errors occur because of the changes we’ve made. If we accidentally delete a file we need or change a setting on our windows that we shouldn’t have, we can revert back to the way it was by creating a system restore.

If you’re not sure whether or not you should be creating one, then usually if you’re installing something new or changing settings under Windows, it’s best to go ahead and create one. 

Requirements To Create System Restore Point In Windows 10

The system restore must be performed on the account that is currently signed in. If you create a system restore under an administrator account, it will undo all changes made by any users logged on the computer.

System restores should never be used as a way to fix your computer because they can cause more harm than good if not done correctly.

If your computer is running fine and does not need a repair, then creating a system restore will not do anything for you.

If you are experiencing problems with your computer, like having any boot errors, then it can also fix windows boot errors.

Furthermore, if you are having another type of problem then it is best that you contact a professional to fix the issue instead of attempting to do it yourself.

The system restore will create a backup on the hard drive and store it as a file. You can find this file in Windows under “C:\Windows\System32\rstrui.exe”.

This file contains old files and settings before they were deleted or changed, allowing you to undo all changes made since the last creating one (the current date). 

How To Create A System Restore Point In Windows 10

Step 1. Click the “Start Button” and type in “System Restore”.

First of all, you must ensure that the current account is logged in as an administrator. If it is not, then please switch over to another account and log back in as the administrator.

Step 2. Click “Create a Restore Point” under settings in the window that has just popped up.

Step 3. Once clicked, a box will appear asking if you would like to create a system restore point. 

Step 4. Enter your windows password if prompted and click “Yes”.

By creating a system restore point, you are backing up all of the old files which allows you to undo any changes made since creating one (the date on which you created your restore).

If there were no changes before creating one, then there would be no need to create anything.

Step 5. The “System Protection” box will pop up, informing you that the system restore will be created.

Please note: This may take a few minutes depending on how many changes have been made to your computer since you created one last.

Once it is finished, there should not be any files of “Restore Points” under the “System Restore” window in your start menu. You can also access these by opening up “C:\Windows\system32\rstrui.exe”.

If there are still some listed hereafter creating one, then something went wrong and I would suggest restarting your computer to try again or attempting the process at another time when you are experiencing issues with Windows or something else on your computer.

Step 6. To undo any changes made to your computer, open the “System Restore” window.

It will be present in your start menu and select a restore point from before you began making changes or from when you last created one.

Keep in mind that if no restore points have been created since creating one, then there would be no other “Restore Points” listed under the same window in your start menu except for this one (the current date).

Step 7. Click “Restore” and your computer will be restored to the state it was in before you began making changes.

Note: Any changes made to your computer after creating a restore point will be undone when restoring it.


The system restore function is a very powerful one that can undo any changes made to Windows or your computer. These include new updates, virus removal programs and more that may have caused your computer to run slowly, crash or behave unexpectedly.

Do not use this as a way of fixing problems with your computer because it will revert all changes you have recently made back to the state they were in before you began making them.

If you are experiencing issues with Windows 8/8.1 or 10, then I recommend using an automated bootable recovery drive such as Start Boot Disk.

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