Here see how you can quickly create a system restore point on Windows 10 PC desktop or laptop with a simple double-click. Windows 10 is arguably Microsoft’s best desktop operating system, although it lags behind Windows 7 in terms of PC users count but it is fast catching up with Windows 7. Microsoft has brought in plenty of user-friendly recovery features in Windows 10 to allow users to fix most problems on PC themselves rather than having to contact an expert. One such feature is System Restore Point, which makes it easy for users to revert PC back to point in time when all worked perfectly if a recent Windows, app or software update or driver installation caused errors on the system.
Most of the time Windows OS automatically create system restore points on PC if you have turned automatic system restore point creation option enabled from control panel window. You can also choose to manually create system restore point on PC.
In this guide, we are going to show how you can create a desktop shortcut with a special script, which will enable you to quickly create a system restore point using a simple double-click on the desktop shortcut. Isn’t it cool? If yes, then keep on reading to learn this magical trick.
Check if System Restore Point is Turned ON on your Windows 10 PC
Before moving to the system restore creation guide, first check if the system restore point option is already enabled on PC.
- Open Start Menu on PC
- Search Create a restore point and hit enter
- On System Properties, under Protection Settings, see if the system drive setting is ON or OFF. If its ON then move on to the ‘Create a System Restore Point Guide’ below and skip step below
- If the option is Turned OFF then select PC drive and click Configure button
- Select Turn on system protection option in Restore Settings
- Now click Apply and Hit the OK button
How To Create a System Restore Point on PC Winodws – Quick Short Cut Method
Follow steps below to create a system restore point with a simple double-click on Windows 10.
1 – Right-click on an empty space on desktop and select New and then Shortcut from the context menu.
2 – On the Create Shortcut Wizard, type the following command and hit the Next button:
cmd.exe /k “wmic.exe /Namespace:\\root\default Path SystemRestore Call CreateRestorePoint “My Shortcut Restore point”, 100, 7″,
Note: This commands sends signal to the operating system to open Command Prompt and use Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) tool for creating a system restore point for Windows 10 PC.
3 – Now give your shortcut any name you like, like ‘Create Restore Point’ or anything you fancy and hit the Finish button.
4 – Right-click on newly created shortcut and select Properties.
5 – To give the shortcut a new icon style, click the Change Icon button.
6 – Type C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll and hit Enter.
7 – Select an icon for the shortcut and hit OK.
8 – Click the Advanced button on Shortcut Properties and select Run as administrator and click OK.
9 – Next, hit Apply and then OK to exit editing shortcut.
10 – Now, click on the desktop shortcut icon to see if it is possible to manually create a system restore point. If you see a command prompt similar to the one below then everything is working fine.
The next you want to create a system restore point, just double-click this shortcut icon and create a restore point without going through all the above mentioned steps over and over again. Double-click on the shortcut to create a restore point before installing new app, drivers or program, so that even if they cause some problems on PC, you can quickly recover the last saved working Windows version.
Although we have mentioned the guide for Windows 10 but you can use this guide on Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 for manually and quickly creating a system restore point. Windows 8.1 users pleases note that you can run the script by following above guide but you won’t be able to create a restore point if the last restore point was created less than 24 hours ago. For this you will need to delete previously create restore point during the last 24 hours, here’s how:
- Open Start menu and type create a restore point and hit enter.
- Select the hard disk whose restore point you want to create and then click Configure button.
- Now hit the Delete button and click continue.
- That’s all. You can now use above method to create a new manual restore point on Windows 8.1.
All Done. You successfully manged to create a system restore point on Windows PC by manually creating it via desktop shortcut.
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