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 points 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 enable and create System Restore points in Windows 7 with built-in tool?
By default, Windows will automatically create system restore points when new software is installed when new Windows updates installed, and when a driver is installed. If none of these has happened in seven days, Windows 7 will create a system restore point.
Of course, you can also manually create a system restore point. You can follow the steps below to ensure System Restore is enabled and custom the settings.
1. Right-click on “My Computer” and go to “Properties”. In the System Properties window, click on the “System Protection”. You can also search for “system protection”, and select “Create a restore point” from the results.
2. In Windows 7, C: drive protection is on by default. If you also want to create restore points on other drives, you turn the protection on for the specific disk. By the way, the System Restore protection is disabled by default in Windows 10.
3. Click on "Configure" to configure restore settings. You can specify what you like to protect and disk space used for system restore points.
4．Then System Properties dialog screen automatically opens up and click on “Create”.
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.
Custom system restore point creation frequency
If you are not content with the gap between restore points creation interval, you can use Windows Task Scheduler to automatically create system restore points on a scheduled time or event. For example, to create system points at startup:
1. Type “taskschd.msc” in Windows Run prompt open Task Scheduler to create a basic task.
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, add a new trigger at Startup. You can also add triggers as you prefer. Click “OK” to save the settings.
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.
System restore Windows 7 from boot to fix your PC
When your system gets corrupted or something else goes wrong, you can use system restore points restore the system in Safe Mode to the previous good state. When you cannot boot into Windows 7, you can go to Safe Mode to use restore system.
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.
AOMEI Backupper 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 allows you to 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 a system restore point in Windows 7:
1. Free download, install and run AOMEI Backupper. Then in the interface, click “System backup”.
2. System drive is selected by default. After that select the backup destination in the “Step 2” 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 three options 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 "Backup 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 Utilities from another working computer to boot your computer that is having boot issues.
Creating a system restore point in Windows 7 is the best choice in the event of installed programs, drivers, system files, settings go wrong. In case of more serious system problems, it is advisable to create full system backup with AOMEI Backupper Free.