Today we reach deep down into the moist, juicy bag of computer tips and pull out a tip we didn’t even know was there. We had forgotten all about our furry little friend the System Restore Point. He was introduced several years ago in Windows ME, but it is probably one of the best–and most overlooked–utility in Windows. A System Restore Point is a snapshot of your registry and system files. It is useful if Windows becomes damaged and no longer works properly, but you must at least be able to boot into safe mode or normal mode to use System Restore.
System Restore Points are often automatically created when a driver is updated, when new programs are installed or when the OS starts after being off for more than 24hrs. But do not rely upon restore points being automatically created. We often recommend users use the System Restore feature to fix common problems with Windows only to find they have no current restore points. So today we are taking the pledge to create one. If you know your system is healthy and virus free, do the following:
Make Sure System Restore is Activated
It is possible System Restore is off. For there to be restore points, we need to make sure it is running. Right-click My Computer and select Properties. Next click on the System Restore tab. You should make sure the box is not checked to turn off System Restore. Unless you previously disabled it, it should not be checked.
Next, go to Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore. You will see a welcome screen where you will have the option to restore or to create a restore point. Select Create a Restore Point and then click Next. You will be asked to name the restore point. Call it whatever you want, then click Create.
A restore point should be created and you can now revert to it if you ever need to in the future. It’s a good idea to do this once a month to make sure it is getting done.