How To Turn On and Create A System Restore Point in Windows 10

System Restore is a feature in Windows that allows you to revert your Windows system state (including system files, installed applications, Windows Registry, and system settings) to a previously saved system point. It’s a critical feature that, when enabled, could really save your day when things go wrong.

Let’s see how you can create a system restore point in 2 different ways in Windows 10. But before that, let’s check and make sure the System Restore feature is turned on since it’s turned off by default in Windows 10.

Search “Restore Point” in Start menu and click Create a restore point from the result list.

Windows 10 - Search Restore Point

The System Properties window opens up with System Protection tab in display. Make sure the Protection is On on the System drive.

Windows 10 - System Properties - System Protection

If it’s Off, like shown in the screenshot above, click Configure… button to turn on system protection.

Windows 10 - turn on system protection

Once turned on, the Create button becomes available in the System Properties window. Click on it, provide a name for the restore point and click Create to start.

Windows 10 - create a system restore point

You can also create a system restore point running a WMIC command in an elevated command prompt window as well. Open a Command Prompt window with admin privilege and type in:

Wmic.exe /Namespace:\\root\default Path SystemRestore Call CreateRestorePoint "My Restore Point", 100, 12

Windows 10 x64 - VMware Player (Non-commercial use only) - 2016-05-13 00_12_47

To make it easier, you may create a desktop shortcut to the above WMIC command and set it to run as administrator when double-clicked.

Shortcut to run as administrator

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 05/13/2016

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