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How to Create a System Restore Point in Windows

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These days, with an increasing number of software and tweaks available for Windows,the chances of something going wrong with your computer are higher than ever.

Windows system crashes or errors are inevitable and all it takes is a single conflict between Windows and a troubled software application for things to go wrong. Most people do not presume that their PC will crash in the future, they just carry on using their computer as normal. When the day comes that something does go wrong you would do anything to turn back that clock to the days when everything worked properly.
There is a handy Windows application that can save you the headaches involved when your system crashes or stops working correctly. This application is called Windows System Restore and it does exactly what the name suggests, it creates restore points for your computer.
When you create a restore point it memorizes all of you Windows settings, files and updates at that point in time .  Now, by default Windows automatically creates a restore point every now and then but you also given you the option to create one at any point in time. Below we have detailed the steps you need to take create a system restore point.

Please note that you need to be logged in as the Administrator to carry out a System Restore. The process explained below is based on the Windows XP operating system. The restoration process is very similar in the newer versions of Windows.

Step 1. Accessing the Windows System Restore tool is simple:

Go To: Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.

You should be looking at the above screen now.

Step 2. You have three options presented in the above window.
· System Restore Settings
· Restore my computer to an earlier time
· Create a restore point

A. System Restore Settings :

In the above window, you have the option to turn off the System Restore feature on all drives and to view the current status of the same. You also have the option to specify the amount of disk space to be used by each drive (for the restore feature) by simply selecting the drive and clicking on settings to choose a value.

B. Restore my computer to an earlier time

In the above window, you are presented with a calendar to choose a suitable restore point. You can either choose one of System Checkpoints (scheduled restore points created by Windows) or one that you might have created earlier. Most dates in the calendar also list restore points created during software installations, quite useful if you had trouble installing particular software.
Restoring from one of these points is easy:

The above window appears when you continue with the restore process. It is advisable to close whatever you were working on as the System Restore process restarts the PC to complete the process.
There is absolutely no need to worry about the above process as it is completely reversible. Simply click “Undo my last restoration” when you open the System Restore tool next.

C. Create a Restore point

Creating a restore point is a breeze compared to the actual process of restoration.

As shown in the above window, all you need to do is give a suitable description for the restore point, “The good old days” perhaps and click on Create when you’re done. A complete snapshot is taken of the current system status and settings and saved with the name you specified. All you need to do now is look up “The good old days” restore point when you are having trouble. All it takes is a few minutes of your time to see a world of difference.
If you are still unsure about the process, lookup Windows Help & Support and search for System Restore:
Start > Help and Support.> Type system restore in the Search box, and then press ENTER.

Ofcourse, there are ways to prevent you computer from getting errors and needing to be restored like Cleaning Your Windows Registry and Updating Your System Drivers.

We hope that you have found this useful and we encourage you to make sure you create a restore point in the near future!

Happy Computing!

The ReviverSoft Team

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