In this tutorial we will look at how to go about creating a System Restore point in Windows 7.
Note: System Restore does not back up your data or programs. It simply creates a snapshot of your system settings, program settings, registry etc. So if you haven’t backed up your data yet and you are unsure as to the best way to go about it, then I have written a tutorials here that will show you how to do that using free software.
Right, let’s begin. Go Start> and type Create a restore point in the search box at the bottom.
Create a restore point will now show in the list above, so just select it by clicking on it which will bring up the System Properties window. First, make sure that Protection is On for the Local Disk (C:) which is where I assume your OS is installed on. If it is not turned on, then you will be unable to adjust the size of space that it uses, so turn it on. To do This hit Configure which will open up the next window, and then check the Turn on System Restore, click Apply and OK. That will bring you back to the window pictured above.
If System Restore is on, just hit Create to open the next window:
Give your restore point a simple name like “Just about to test install a new program” and the days date, and hit Create:
The time it will take to create the snapshot may vary depending on the size of your HDD and your specs etc. On mine it only took about 15 seconds which is average.
Once it has completed, you should see the confirmation window above. Hit Close.
If you are interested in adjusting the size limit of System Restore, then I have a tutorial here.
I have also just created a very simple video tutorial which may help.
That’s it. Hopefully that has helped you. Any questions, please ask below.