What is system restore point?
System Restore is a built-in feature in Windows that backs up computer state (including system files, Windows Registry, local user profiles, and system settings). When your system is running into issues, you can use System Restore to recover system to earlier state.
There are many unexpected things that may lead to system crash like Virus attacks, Ransomware, accidental deletion of system files, etc. Therefore, it is essential to create system restore point in Windows 7.
System Restore was first introduced in Windows ME and it has been included in all the following Windows operating systems.
How to create system restore point in Windows 7 with built-in tool?
By default, Windows will automatically create system restore point when new software is installed, when new Windows updates installed, and when a driver is installed. Besides, Windows 7 will create a system restore point automatically if no other restore points exist in 7 days.
Of course, you can also manually create system restore point in Windows 7. You can follow the steps below to ensure System Restore is enabled and custom the settings.
1. Click Start > type “create a restore point” in the search box > click Create a restore point to open the System Properties window.
2. Enable system restore: In Windows 7, C: drive protection is on by default. If you also want to create restore point on other drives, you can turn the protection on for the specific disk by clicking Configure.
You can specify what you like to protect and disk space used for system restore points.
3. Create restore point: click the Create option.
4. A pop window will appear and you can type a description to help you identify the restore point. Finally, click Create to confirm.
5. Once the process is completed, you will see the restore point was created successfully message.
The restore points will be saved on the volume that you are protecting, so if the volume is corrupted, the restore points will not work. If the disk free space on the volume is too low for System Restore to operate, it will automatically disable itself.
You can use Disk Cleanup to delete the previous restore points but the latest one to free up some disk space.
How to create restore point in Windows 7 automatically?
If you are not content with the gap between restore points creation interval, you can use Windows Task Scheduler to automatically create system restore point on a scheduled time or event. For example, to create system restore point in Windows 7 at startup:
1. Click Start > type Task Scheduler in the search box and hit Enter.
2. On the left panel, navigate to Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > SystemRestore.
3. Double click on the task named SR to edit it.
4. Under Triggers tab, you can click New to add a new trigger at Startup. Or you can just click Edit to change the trigger.
5. Set the scheduled time to perform the task and click OK to confirm.
Now, a new system restore point will be created automatically at your preferred schedule and intervals. If you ever need to change the frequency, you can just modify this task in Task Scheduler.
How to restore Windows 7 to previous status with the restore point?
When your system gets corrupted or something else goes wrong, you can use system restore point to restore the system to the previous good state. Two ways are available. You can simply go to System Restore utility to make it. Or when you cannot boot into Windows 7, you can go to Safe Mode to use restore system.
Restore Windows 7 to previous status with System Restore utility:
1. Click Start > type “create a restore point” in the search box > click Create a restore point to open the System Properties window. Click System Restore option.
2. A window will appear and click Next to go to the next step.
3. It will list the recent restore points and the most recent restore point is selected. You can click Show more restore points to see more. Choose the restore point you need and click Next.
Note: If you are not sure whether the restore will cause some of your programs to loss data, you can click Scan for affected programs to have a check.
4. Click Finish to start the restore.
Systerm restore in Safe mode:
1. At your computer startup (before showing the Windows logo), Press the F8 key repeatedly.
2. At Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
3. Type:”rstrui.exe” without quotes and press Enter.
4. Then you can choose one of the available restore points to system restore Windows 7 in Safe Mode.
If you cannot boot into Safe Mode, you can also use a system repair disc to access System Restore to restore your computer.
Some problems System Restore Points cannot fix
As mentioned, system restore will restore system files, drivers, registry settings, installed software. Some programs like antivirus tool may not work as they should after the restoration. As you can see, Windows will list all the affected programs. You should always check them before performing a system restore.
Also, all the Windows updates installed after the restore point was taken will be uninstalled. Your personal files and other data will not be affected, so system restore points cannot be regarded as data backup.
System restore cannot remove or clean virus or malware like WannaCry or Petya, because, unlike regular software, they are deeply infected with your operating system.
Since restore points are saved on each volume, the system restore will not work if the volume corrupted. Therefore, you may want a deeper layer of protection besides creating system restore points in Windows 7.
Free image backup software to protect your PC
To protect your computer from serious issues like filesystem corruption, ransomware infection, hard drive failure, you should create a full system image backup. From the above, you know how to create restore point in Windows 7 with the built-in tool. However, it’s possible that you may meet the restore point could not created problem. In this case, backup alternative is needed.
AOMEI Backupper Standard is an efficient and reliable free backup software which is designed to assist you in creating system image backup, which you can use it to quickly restore your computer to a previous state in case of emergency.
It offers 4 backup types: system backup, file backup, disk backup, and files backup.
It allows you to set custom backup scheduled task and then it will automatically perform the task daily/weekly/monthly.
It lets you create incremental backups or differential backups to always keep your data backup updated without taking much disk space.
Moreover, it has a clear interface and is so intuition to users that even a green hand for computer won’t feel any difficulty during the operation. So you can follow these steps to create system restore point in Windows 7:
1. Free download, install and run AOMEI Backupper. Then in the interface, click Backup > System backup.
2. System drive is selected by default. You just need to select the backup destination to save the image file, and then click Start Backup to begin the operation.
If you want to automatically backup: You could customize the backup period like backup as daily, weekly, monthly. To set up this, click Schedule at the bottom of backup interface. The last two options (Event triggers, and USB plug in) are only available in Professional version or higher.
If you want to compress or encrypt: At the bottom of the window, you can compress or encrypt the image file by clicking Options.
How can you restore system from a backup with AOMEI Backupper?
Once you need to restore the backup, there are 4 ways you can restore your system back with AOMEI Backupper. You can restore backup to a new hard drive or SSD, or even restore to dissimilar hardware.
1. Restore within running Windows. If your system is bootable but not functional normally, you can just open AOMEI Backupper and select backup file under Restore tab to perform the restore.
2. Restore from Windows recovery environment. You can integrate AOMEI Backupper to Windows recovery environment. You enter Windows recovery environment to select AOMEI Backupper and the restore the backup from Windows repair disk or installation disc.
3. Restore via bootable CD or USB drive. If your system fails to boot, you can boot from the previously created bootable media to boot your PC to perform the restore. If you did not create the boot media, you can create the bootable disk from another working computer.
4. Restore via AOMEI PXE Tool. You can use AOMEI PXE feature under Tools from another working computer to boot your computer that is having boot issues.
That’s all for how to create restore point in Windows 7. Creating a system restore is the best choice in the event of installed programs, drivers, system files, settings go wrong.
Besides Windows built-in tool, AOMEI Backupper Standard can also help you make it. And it provides more backup options to protect your data. Just give it a try by yourself now!