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Published on 09.07.07 by Brent Trahan

Manually Create a System Restore Point in Windows Vista

Learn how to manually create a system restore point in Windows Vista.


A system restore point is a backup of the Windows system files. A system restore point is created automatically every time you install software or any changes are made to the system files.

Note: A system restore point does not backup your personal files.

Create a System Restore Point Manually

  1. Type System Restore in the Start Menu’s search box and then click System Restore in the search results.
  2. Click open System Protection at the bottom of the System Restore window.


  3. Make sure the hard drive(s) you want to create a system restore point are checked off.


  4. Click Create.
  5. Type a description of this restore point to help you identify it later.


  6. Click Create again to create the system restore point.


  7. It will tell you when it’s finished creating a system restore point.

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4 Responses to “Manually Create a System Restore Point in Windows Vista”

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  1. Tom Mason says:

    Hi, my problem is that i can only start my computer in safe mode, luckily i can start it with networking.
    When i type system restore in the search box and then click it as suggested in step 1, i get a different screen to the one shown above, mine says no restore points have been created on the system disk, to create a restore point open:
    *sytem protection

    The trouble is there is no system protection tab! only

    computer name

    So it is not possible to create a system restore point.. i’m really baffled and annoyed at this! any help?

    Thanks, Tom Mason

    • Brent Trahan says:

      You can’t create a restore point in safe mode. Safe mode only loads the services needed to run Windows. The service used by system restore is not started in safe mode.

  2. Madeleine says:

    Mine has no restore points nor system protection tab even when i’m NOT in safe mode…. I’m so frusterated and confused!! help!!

  3. kaushal says:

    hey frnd ! i tried alot doin the same as is it is said in the manual but i am not able type in correct discrition while i create a restore point. plz help me

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