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How to Create a Restore Point in Windows 11

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In previous Windows versions, let’s say, for instance, you were working on your system and suddenly experienced a fatal system failure. One of the ways to recover faster and restore your files, applications, and system sub-folders and filesystem back to a normal state is by restoring the system to its previous state using a restore point. Just as it applies to other versions of Windows, the same also applies to Windows 11 in that if something unexpected occurs on Windows 11 as a result of an installation or setting change, use a restore point to roll back the device to an earlier time to undo the changes and resolve the issue. This can be done via the desktop or advanced startup settings.

In this post, we will look at how to create a system restore point in Windows 11 and then restore it to a previous state. A restore point creates an exact replica of the system files on the computer at the time it is created. This means you can restore your system to its original state if any errors occur while running system utilities or installing drivers, for example. When your system is stable and operational, it’s a good idea to create a restore point. Make one before making significant computer changes or installing unknown or new unknown software; if something goes wrong, you can restore your operating system to the restore point.

You may also be interested in learning about Windows 11 Features, Hardware and Software Requirements: Upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10, Error code 0x204: Fixing Windows 11 Remote Desktop Connectivity issues, A Workaround for “SeriousSAM or HiveNightmare” registry vulnerability for Windows 10 and 11 and A Workaround for “SeriousSAM or HiveNightmare” registry vulnerability for Windows 10 and 11

Something to remember: A System Restore allows you to undo changes to the system that may have caused issues. When device changes are detected, System Restore creates a restore point (snapshot) of the system's current working condition as a restore point. If a critical problem arises after installing a Windows update, driver, or application, or after incorrectly modifying computer settings with any other tool, you can use any of the available restore points to revert your system to an earlier point in time to resolve the issue without losing your data.

How to Create A System Restore Point in Windows 11

If you know that the changes you need to make will cause data loss or instability in your computer, you should create a restore point before proceeding. Windows 11 enables you to restore your system to its original state. We can do this using the following two steps discussed below:

Create System Restore Point Using System Properties

To create a restore point in Windows 11 using the system properties, press the Windows key + R to open the Run app utility tool. Then, to launch, type sysdm.cpl and press Enter. Alternatively, open it by typing sysdm.cpl into the Windows search bar.

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The above step will launch the System Properties settings and then navigate to the System Protection tab. Here you will see your Local Disk (C:) (System) drive Protection Off, click the Configure button.

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System properties

To save your changes, turn on the system protection radio button and then click OK. This will activate System Protection on your local system disk drive.

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Turn on System Protection

After you’ve enabled System Protection, click the Create button to make a restore point.

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Click the Create button

Enter the name you wish for the restore point and then select Create.

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Name your Restore Point

Creating a Restore Point in progress

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Windows system restore points for the PC have been successfully created, and you can restore them if the system becomes unstable.

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System Restore Point successfully created

Create a System Restore Point using PowerShell

The system restore option is available in Windows 11, but it is disabled by default. Users with administrative privileges can also use PowerShell to create restore points.
Choose the Windows search button, type PowerShell, and then choose Run as administrator.

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Run PowerShell as an Admin

Now enter the below command

Checkpoint-Computer -Description "RestorePoint1" -RestorePointType "MODIFY_SETTINGS"
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Creating A Restore Point with PowerShell

When you press the Enter key, the Checkpoint-Computer cmdlet creates a new restore point. Let’s take a look at what the command line arguments do:

Description - specifies a name for your restore point.
RestorePointType - Specifies the type of restore point.

You can change the Restore Point description to whatever you want to name the restore point.

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Creating A Restore Point in Progress

Please bear in mind that Checkpoint-Computer cannot create more than one restore point per day in Windows 11. If you attempt to create a new restore point before the 24-hour period has expired, Windows PowerShell displays the following error:

"A new system restore point cannot be created because one has already been created within the past 24 hours. Please try again later."
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I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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