How to Enable & Create a Restore Point on Windows 11?

What is the System Restore Point?

On Windows 11, it includes a utility called System Restore that can repair malfunctioning Windows installations by reverting specific system files and Windows Registry settings to a previous state. It makes this using restore points, which are snapshots of system files and the registry made automatically or manually before problems arise.

Here, Restore points are stored in a hidden folder called “System Volume Information,” located at the root of each drive. Creating a restore point does not make any changes to your system, but restoring it later does.

It is strongly recommended that you create a system restore point before installing new software or when your PC changes. The purpose of this is always to have a copy of the last and the best state of the PC before the change so that this restore point can always be used to restore the computer to an earlier state in the event of a problem.

By default, the utility creates restore points once a day. It continuously monitors system activity and creates restore points when specific actions occur. In this risewindows post, we will show you on enabling and creating a restore point on Windows 11.

How to Enable System Restore on Windows 11?

You must turn on the System Restore feature before creating a system restore point. Follow the steps given below.

Step 1. Firstly, click on the Start or Search button on the taskbar and then type system.cpl in the search box at the top.

Step 2. Now, click on sysdm.cpl (Control panel item) to open the System Properties dialog.

Step 3. Then, click on the System Protection tab. Here, under the “Protection Settings” section, you will see a list of local drives on your PC along with their Protection status. If you see protection is “On,” then the System Restore feature is enabled on that drive. Even if you notice protection is “Off,” you need to turn on the System Restore feature for that drive.

Step 4. Next, to turn on the System Restore feature for a drive, select the drive in the list under the “Protection Settings” section and then click on the Configure button.

Step 5. So, select the Turn on system protection option from the resulting window.

Step 6. Next, allocate the disk space by moving the slider if you wish. Then click on the Apply button.

Please note that Windows 11 automatically assigns about 2% of the drive space to the System Restore feature.

Step 7. At last, click on the OK button to exit.

Now that you have enabled the System Restore feature on your PC, you’re ready to create a system restore point on your Windows 11 computer.

How to Create a System Restore Point on Windows 11?

Once you have enabled the System Restore feature on Windows 11, use the following steps to create a system restore point:-

Step 1. Firstly, click on the Start or Search button on the taskbar and then type Create a restore point in the search box at the top.

Step 2. Click on the Create a restore point to open the System Properties dialog from the search results.

Step 3. Then, click on the System Protection tab. Here, under the “Protection Settings” section, you will see a list of local drives on your PC along with their Protection status. If you see protection is “On,” the System Restore feature is enabled on that drive. However, if you notice protection is “Off,” you need to enable the System Restore feature for that drive. You cannot create a restore point for a drive if it is disabled.

Step 4. Next, to create a system restore point, select the drive from the list under the “Protection Settings” section and click on the Create button.

Step 5. After that, a new window will appear. Type a descriptive name for the system restore point and click on the Create button.

Step 6. After completing the above steps, Windows 11 might take a few minutes to finish making the restore point. You will see the “The restore point was created successfully” message when done.

That’s it.

Good luck & keep learning, guys.!!!

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