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Creating A System Restore Point In Windows 10


A Restore Point is a copy of critical system configuration files that Windows and other applications utilize to run. Without these configuration files, Windows along with other applications will cease to function properly. Therefore, as part of any thorough system protection philosophy, these configuration files must be backed up and must be readily available to replace any corrupted copies of the configuration files.

The entity that contains these backed up system configuration files is called a System Restore Point. Now these System Restore Points are often created automatically, behind the scenes by Windows as you install / uninstall programs, implement windows updates, etc. However, it is critical to periodically manually create System Restore Points; especially if you don't change your computer configuration that often. The following steps indicate how to create a System Restore Point.
1. Right Click the mouse on the Windows Start icon and select Control Panel from the menu.
2. When the Control Panel screen appears, click on the Recovery link.
3. On the Recovery screen, click on the Configure System Restore link.

4. On the System Properties screen, click the Create button.

5. On the Create A Restore Point screen, name the restore point something meaningful and then click Create.

6. Wait a few minutes for the process to complete. Upon completion, the restore point will be created and you will get a success message.

That's it. You now have a System Restore Point that can be restored using the Advanced Recovery tools just in case something awful happens to your computer.

Note: The Restore Points are located in the System Volume Information folder on your boot drive (C:). You probably don't have permissions to read the files in that folder (even though you are the administrator) and thus you won't be able to copy them for backup purposes. Now, you can get access to this folder if you change permissions on the folder. That is a bit beyond the scope of this brief however.

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