Create a system restore point on your Windows 11 PC and use it to restore your PC if you ever run into a critical issue.
The Operating System sometimes runs into some major issues which are only solved by reinstalling a fresh Windows. So, to protect users from a not-so-good experience of reinstalling windows and losing all their data, Microsoft has a feature called ‘Restore Point’.
The restore point basically captures the current state of your Windows machine including your System settings and personal files, so that you can go back to them if you run into major problems after a major update or reconfigure system files.
However, by default Windows does not create a Restore point for you because the feature is disabled in the operating system and maybe because System Restore points take up a lot of disk space or maybe something else entirely.
Whatever the reason, if you are planning to update, reconfigure system files, or just want to maintain the best state of your computer to roll back in case you ever face any problems; creating a Restore point is the best option.
Also read: How to solve the “This PC can’t run Windows 11″ error
How to Open Restore point Settings on Windows 11 PC
The first step in the series of creating a System Restore point on a Windows 11 PC is to open the settings ‘Restore points‘.
- To do so, launch the app ‘Settings‘ from the Start menu. Alternatively, you can also press the combination Windows+i on the keyboard to open it.
- Then click on the tab’System‘ from the sidebar present on the screen ‘Settings‘.
- After that, scroll down and find the ’tile’About‘ from the list on the right of the screen and click on it.
- Next, click on the option ‘System protection‘ in the tabs ‘Related links‘ on the screen.
- This action will open a window ‘System properties‘ on your Windows PC.
- Now you will be able to see the settings ‘System Restore‘ in the window ‘System properties‘.
How to Activate System Restore on Windows 11 PC
Since System Restore is disabled by default, you need to enable it first before System Restore checkpoints can be created for your Windows 11 PC.
- Now, on the window ‘System properties‘, you will be able to see the current protection status of your drive under the ‘ windowProtection settings‘. If the System Restore function is enabled for the drive, the column ‘Protection‘ will list it as ‘On‘. Otherwise, the drive will be listed as ‘Off‘.
- To activate the function ‘System Restore‘, click on the drive of your choice from the ‘ sectionProtection settings‘ and then click the ‘ buttonConfigure‘ which is below it.
- This will open a window’System Protection‘ else on your screen.
- Next, click on the option ‘Turn on system protection‘ to enable the System Restore function. Then, drag the slider that is under the ‘Disk Space Usage‘ to adjust the amount of space you want to allocate to System Restore points.
- After that, click the button ‘Apply‘ to confirm the change and click the button ‘OK‘ to close the window.
The System Restore functionality is now enabled on the drive you selected. Windows will now automatically create a System Restore point whenever you install an app or update your PC.
Notes: There is no way to enable the System Restore function globally. Therefore, if you want to enable the functionality for all drives, you will have to repeat this process for all drives.
How to Create a System Restore Point on Windows 11 PC
Normally, Windows creates a System Restore point post automatically when it detects a system change. However, you can also create it manually if you make some changes to the system configuration yourself.
- To create a System Restore manually, click on the drive of your choice listed under the ‘Protection Settings‘ on the window ‘System Properties‘. Then, click the button ‘Create‘.
- After that, provide an appropriate and contextual name for your Restore point; because it will help you to recognize if you have multiple Restore points while using the System Restore function. Then, click the button ‘Create‘.
- Your system will take a few minutes to create a System Restore point, wait while the process runs in the background.
- Once the System Restore point has been successfully created, Windows will tell you the same. Click the button ‘Close‘ to close the window.
Now if and when something goes wrong with your PC; You can return to your current system state using the System Restore point you just created.
Recovering a Windows 11 PC Using a System Restore point
Now that you have created a System Restore point for your Windows 11 PC, it is also important to know how to restore it if your PC starts behaving abnormally. You can restore your PC using Restore point in two ways, so let’s get started.
1. Restore Using System Restore Settings
If you can still log into your machine and can still perform basic tasks, this option is best suited for you.
- To do so, first open the settings window’System Restore‘ as pointed out in one of the earlier sections of this article.
- Now, click on the ‘button’System Restore‘ in the System Restore Settings window.
- This action will open a window ‘System Restore‘ is new on your Windows PC.
- Then, click the button ‘Next‘from the window’System Restore‘ on your screen.
- Then, click to select a System Restore Point from the list. After that, click the button ‘Scan for affected programs‘ if you want to see the program/application to rollback. Then, click the button ‘Next‘ to continue.
- After that, on the next screen, you will be able to see information regarding the ‘Restore Points‘ where you restore the computer. Next, read the on-screen instructions carefully and click on the ‘button’Finish‘to start the process’System Restore‘.
Your Windows 11 machine will now restart and return your PC to its best working state.
Recover Using Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)
If, you are unable to enter or access System Restore settings; there is still a way you can restore your PC using the created System Restore Point.
- To boot your Windows machine into recovery mode, click on the ‘ iconPower‘ which is located at the bottom right corner of your screen. Now, press the button Shift on your keyboard and click on the option ‘Restart‘ from the overlay menu to boot into WinRE.
- Once the Windows Recovery Environment screen loads, click on the option ‘Troubleshoot‘ on the screen.
- After that, click ‘Advanced options‘ from the ‘Troubleshoot’ screen.
- Next, select the option ‘System Restore‘ from the list on the ‘Advanced options’ screen.
- After this, the window ‘System Restore‘ will appear on your screen.
- Now, click on the ‘button’Next‘ from the ‘System Restore’ window.
- After that, select the System Restore point from the list and click on the button ‘Next‘. You can also click the button ‘Scan for affected programs‘ to see a list of programs that will be affected by the restore.
- Now, on the next screen, click on the button ‘finish‘to start the process’System Restore‘.
Your system will now be restored to the state when the selected checkpoint was created.
That’s how to make a system restore point on a Windows 11 PC. I hope this article helped you! Thank you for visiting and don’t forget if you find this article useful, please share it with your friends too.