How to Create a System Restore Point

Creating a system restore point on your computer can be a critical piece to recovery after a malware attack.  Many times it is an afterthought, not realizing how important it can be until it is too late.  Follow the steps below to create your custom restore point.  This can be done as frequently as you’d like.

Creating a System Restore Point

  1. Go to your Control Panel.
  2. Click on the System Protection tab, as highlighted below.  Then click on “Create”.
  3. Next, this screen will pop up.  You can name your system restore point whatever you’d like.  It is encouraged you name it something so you remember why you are creating this restore point.  Example: date, new programs added, etc.
  4. Click “Create”.  At this time, your restore point will be created.
  5. Upon successful completion of the restore point being created, you will see this screen pop up.

Remember, creating restore points is critical.  Not only for when malware strikes, but if for any reason you wanted to reset your computer to a previous time, you can do so with a system restore point.

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7 thoughts on “How to Create a System Restore Point

  1. You do not mention the setting in PCMatic that one must change in order to keep more than the latest restore point. I have had a problem in which the single latest restore point was no good.

  2. Having worked for The Document Company for many years I was dilligent about keeping restore points,file backups antivirus,etc.Now I am retired for ten years now and have gotten i little rusty. If your company would put out an article about all of the needed action items to be done on a regular basis it would be a great help.

  3. I always do a Restore Point before any updates or adding a new programme, I also do a Restore Point at least once every few weeks, a fresh restore point has saved my Bacon several times. I have large size drives so I’m not too worried about the amount of room these reasore point take up. Good advice. Thanks.

  4. Note: In Windows 10 (Pro), the Control Panel does not have Tabs like you show. Instead, you select ‘System’ and then ‘System Protection’, which is listed on the left side of the window. THAT brings up the tabbed window you display, with the ‘System Protection’ tab opened.

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