System restore could be considered as the savior for computers due to it’s benefits. It is a quick and easy way to protect your computer from crashes caused by installation of a new software or device drivers. If there is anything that allows your system to crash, simply run system restore and your computer settings will be reverted before the installation took place and your computer will be good to go. In that case, I would recommend creating a system restore point before installing any software and/or device driver.
Note: It doesn’t affect your personal files in the process and can not restore it if you accidentally modified or deleted it, e.g. files in My Documents. Also, it doesn’t protect your system from viruses and malware but it’s a useful tool if your computer is not working properly.
What is System Restore Point?
A restore point, according to Microsoft.com, is a representation of a stored state of your computer’s system files. You can use a restore point to restore your computer’s system file to an earlier point.
How Does System Restore Point Works?
It is useful when an unexpected error occurs. For example, when you installed a device driver that causes your computer behave out of the norm and the one thing that comes to mind, uninstall the driver. Sometimes when you do that, system files get damaged especially when it does not uninstall properly. If you use system restore, it can restore your computer to the state that it was before you install the device driver.
Benefits of System Restore
There are many benefits of system restore point but the main benefits are:
- Recover from a system crash caused by newly installed software or device driver.
- Does not delete your personal files.
- Restores your program files, system files and registry settings from a previous state on your computer.
How to Create a System Restore Point
Step by step I am going to show you how to create a system restore point. Follow these simple steps:
1 – For Windows 7 users go to Start, right click Computer and click Properties.
2 – After the properties window pops up, in the left pane click System Protection.
3 – On the System Properties window, look under System Protection tab and click Create where you see “create a restore point right now for the drives that have system protection turned on”.
4 – After clicking Create, enter any description suitable to you. I inserted “before software installation” and then click Create.
5 – Wait until the restore point is created.
6 – Click Close when your computer finish creating the restore point.
You see how easy it is to create a restore point? This is all you need to do before installing a software that will cause your system to crash.
How to Enable System Restore
In the event that you install a device driver or a software that caused your system to crash or not performing up to standard, enabling system restore will do the trick and make your computer back to normal.
- To enable it, follow steps 1 to 3, click System Restore, click Choose a different restore point and click Next.
- If you do not see Choose a different restore point, just click Next.
- So now you see the system restore point that we have created earlier.
- Click the restore point that you have created and click Next, wait for the computer to do it’s thing and you are finish.
See how easy it it folks? That is how you create a system restore point and it’s one of safest things to do before installing a software or device driver in order to avoid computer crashes. So people if you like my tutorials you can leave a comment below and or subscribe to my website for the latest tech posts.