By Lena / Last Updated November 13, 2019

What is a system restore point in Windows 10?

Computer failure always happens, such as the virus or incorrect operation. Fortunately, Windows offers you a feature to create a system restore point which can take a snapshot of your device and save its working state. For some odd reason, this System Restore feature is disabled by default in Windows 10. So you should first turn it on by yourself.

After you enable this utility, it will automatically create a system restore point in Windows 10 when something significant happens, such as installing a Windows update, a program, a driver, etc. In this case, when something goes wrong, you can perform a restore to an earlier working state. That’s to say, a system restore is like a time machine that allows you to restore computer to an earlier date that works normally.

How to create a system restore point in Windows 10?

From the above, we have talked about what is system restore point and here in this part, you will know the detailed steps to create a restore point in Windows 10 as well as how to use the system restore point in the future.

Actually, besides this Windows built-in tool, there’s another one free third-party tool that can also help you create a system restore point in Windows 10. It offers more powerful functions, for example, you can schedule automatic daily/weekly/monthly backup while the Windows built-in tool will only perform the backup when system changes are detected. Refer to the next part to learn more >

Steps to create a system restore point in Windows 10

Step 1. Open the System Properties window. Two ways to make it

  • Right-click My Computer/This PC > click Properties > click System protection on the pop-up window.

  • Type "create a restore point" in the search box and select it from the list of results > click System Protection tab.

Step 2. Click Configure option > enable Turn on system protection > you can use the slider to change the amount of space it uses, 5% to 10% is usually sufficient > click OK to confirm.

Enable System Protection

Now you have turned on the System Protection, and Windows 10 will create a system restore point automatically when system changes are made. If you want to manually create a restore point, you can return to the System Properties window and click Create option to make it.

A pop-up window named System Protection will appear and you should write a name for the backup. Then click Create to start.


Note: Sometimes, you may can’t create a system restore point in Windows 10, click here to see how to solve this problem.

How to go back to a restore point in Windows 10?

When something goes wrong, you can always use the restore point to bring your computer to earlier working status. The following are the steps to make it.

Method 1. The direct way to perform the restore

On the System Properties window, click System Restore... > click Next > select the restore point you want to use > you can click the Scan for affected programs button to check what might change on your computer afterward> click Next and follow the wizard to complete the restore.

System Restore

Method 2. Perform the restore via Advanced Startup

If your computer cannot boot normally, you can go to the Advanced Startup environment to run the restore.

1. Start your PC > press the power button as soon as the Windows logo appears > keep pressing the power button to perform a hard shut. Then repeat this step two more times.

2. Choose Advanced options when the recovery screen appears. Then click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Restore to run the restore.

Restore From Advanced Options

Other questions about Windows 10 restore point you may also concern

Now you know how to create a system restore point in Windows 10 and the way to perform the restore. Besides those two main points, we also list some other things you might want to know:

How to find restore points in Windows 10?

If you want to see restore points, you can press the Windows key and R key together to open Run box > type "rstrui" and click OK to open System Restore. Click Next on the pop-up window and it will list all the restore points. Click Cancel to close the window if you do not want to perform a restore.

How to delete restore points in Windows 10?

If you want to delete all restore points, you can go to the System Properties window where you can create a restore point and click Configure. Click Delete option next to Delete all restore points for this device.

If you want to delete all but the most recent restore point, you can: right-click on a local drive and select Properties > click Disk Cleanup > choose Clean up system files > go to the More Options tab > click Clean up... under System Restore and Shadow Copies section.

A better way to create Windows 10 image backup

If you prefer more functions except for creating a system restore point, then one comprehensive & free PC backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard can satisfy your demands. It offers various powerful functions related to Windows 10 PC backup.

  • Various Backup Solutions. It can help you backup not only the system but also the file, disk, and partition.

  • Schedule Backup. It lets you set custom scheduled backup task and then it will perform the backup daily/weekly/monthly.

  • Different Backup Modes. It allows you to make full backup as well as incremental/differential backup which can help save storage space.

It has a clear interface and is so straightforward to users that even a newbie won’t feel any difficulty during the operation.

Create system image backup via AOMEI Backupper

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Download Freeware

Step 2. Click Backup and then choose System Backup.

System Backup

Step 3. The system and boot drives have been selected as source partitions automatically by AOMEI Backupper. You just need to choose a path (lock disk, external hard drive, USB flash drive or network) to save the image.

Select Destination

Step 4. Before you click the Start Backup option, you can click Schedule to set the backup plan and click Options to set the compression level, enable email notification, etc.

Start Backup

Note: The Scheme will help you automatically delete old backups automatically but this feature is available in the advanced edition. You can upgrade to higher version to enjoy it.

When all is finished, you can find this system restore point in the Home tab. Once something undesired happens, you can use the System Restore to restore your Windows 10 to this point.


Now you know how to create a system restore point in Windows 10. Besides the Windows built-in utility, AOMEI Backupper also puts forward a pretty easy solution Just choose System Backup under Backup tab, select a destination path, and start the backup. The whole operation won’t take long.

Besides, it provides lots of other backup solutions. In case your computer won’t boot, it also can help you create a bootable media to help you boot your device. In a word, it’s one fantastic backup and restore program designed for Windows home users to deal with various needs related to data protection. Just give it a try by yourself!