System restore points on Windows 10 allow you to create points that you can roll back to when things do not go well on your machine. These points are usually created when you are about to install an app that is likely to cause issues or when you install new drivers and you know things may not go well.
If you have a restore point on your computer, and it’s not behaving properly currently, you can simply restore your computer to the point you created before, and everything should be back to normal.
Creating a system restore point in Windows 10 is easy, but it requires you to go through a number of screens. Fortunately, though, there is now an easier way that lets you create a restore point with just a double-click on your computer.
Here’s how to enable a system restore point in Windows 10 and then create a shortcut that helps to quickly create it.
Enable System Restore Point in Windows 10
Enabling the system restore point is as easy as going into settings and turning on an option.
1. Launch the Start menu and search for and click on “Create a restore point.” It opens the system restore point settings where you can enable the restore points for your computer.
2. When the dialog box launches, make sure you are inside the “System Protection” tab.
In the “Protection Settings” section, you should be able to see whether or not the system restore point is enabled for your system disk. If it says “Off,” click on the button that says “Configure…” to modify the option.
3. Click on the “Turn on system protection” option on the following screen to enable the system restore points for your machine. Then, click on “Apply” and then on “OK” to save the settings.
The system restore point has been successfully enabled on your Windows 10 computer. Here’s how you can create a shortcut that lets you quickly make a restore point with a double-click on your computer.
Create a Restore Point with a Double-Click in Windows 10
What you will do here is create a shortcut to the script that handles creation of a system restore point. That way when you double-click the shortcut, you actually launch the script that then creates a restore point for you.
1. Go to your desktop and right-click on any blank space, and select “New” followed by “Shortcut.” It will create a new shortcut to an item on your desktop.
2. The following screen asks what item this shortcut should lead to. In the field that says “Type the location of the item:” type in the following location, and then click on “Next” to move forward with the shortcut creation process.
cmd.exe /k "wmic.exe /Namespace:\\root\default Path SystemRestore Call CreateRestorePoint "My Shortcut Restore Point", 100, 7"
3. On the screen that follows, you need to enter a name for the shortcut. Make sure to enter a name that describes what the shortcut does so you never forget what task you created the shortcut for. I am going to name it “Create Restore Point” as it is self-explanatory.
After entering the name, click on “Finish.”
4. You should see the shortcut appearing on your desktop, but it is not yet ready to run. Right-click on the shortcut and select the option that says “Properties” to open shortcut properties.
5. Click on “Advanced…” in the properties dialog box to launch advanced settings for the shortcut you have created.
6. Checkmark the box that says “Run as administrator” and click on “OK” to save the settings. Creating a system restore point is a task that requires administrator privileges, so what you are doing here is giving the shortcut all the privileges it requires to properly execute.
7. Click on “Apply” and then click on “OK” on the following screen to apply and save your settings.
8. The shortcut for creating a restore point is now ready to run, and you can double-click on it to launch it. It starts creating a restore point as soon as it is launched, and you should get the following screen when it has successfully created a restore point.
If you often create system restore points on your Windows 10 computer but do not like all the steps you need to go through to do that, you now have an easy way to do the task with a shortcut as described above.
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