How to Use Windows Restore Point

by Jerome Barnett

All Windows users should become familiar with the concept of a restore point. Simply put, a restore point acts as a sort of “snapshot” of your computer and its settings. A restore point can be made at any time, but it is recommended to make one at a time when your computer is running smoothly with your preferred settings.

So what’s so helpful about a restore point?

In short, restore points enable users to revert their computers to a previously saved state. These points can then be referenced at a later time and your computer and its settings will be reverted back to the specific time the point was created. When errors or problems occur, it is sometimes easier to simply restore the computer to a point prior to the error occurring, rather than having to reinstall the operating systems and settings.

Where do I go to create a restore point?

Creating a restore point is actually very simple. First, go to “Start” > “Help and Support” > “Performance and Maintenance” > “Restore Point.” Click on the “Create a restore point” (although yours might say something like “Run the System Restore Wizard” instead).

Then simply follow the prompts and you’ll create a restore point of your computer at that given time. By creating this restore point, you computer is saving all of your settings up to this point in time (which is why it is so important to create a restore point when your computer is up and running smoothly).

How do I actually revert to a restore point after I’ve created one?

First go back through the “Help and Support” menu that you used to reach the “Create a Restore Point” option, but this time click the option “Restore my computer to an earlier time”. Your computer will give you a list of restore points to choose from, and after clicking on one your computer will revert to the settings it had when that restore point was created.

Restore points are an invaluable tool for any Windows user. Of course, they are not infallible and may not even solve your problem. Because of this, you should always regularly backup any important files just in case. That said, they are an important part of any arsenal, and every Windows user should become familiar with them.

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