System Restore (sometimes called System Protection) for Windows 7 and Windows 8 allows you to restore your computer to a previous good state should any kind of issue occur during the install of a new driver or application without affecting your documents, pictures and other personal data/files on the system. Although Windows creates system restore points automatically as you install or remove software or drivers, I’ve been saved more than once by periodically manually creating system restore points before performing an install of an application or after successfully installing or configuring my system just the way I like it.
To begin, here’s a how-to video screencast for creating the system restore point and below is the typical step-by-step tutorial with screenshots.
How-To Create a System Restore Point in Windows 7 Video Screencast
How-To Create a System Restore Point in Windows 8 or Windows 7 Step-by-Step
The steps are exactly the same for both Windows 8 and Windows 7 with the exception of the first step. For Windows 8 press Windows Key+E to open Windows Explorer, Click the Computer Tab on the top ribbon then click the Properties button.
For Windows 7, Click the Start Orb, Right-Click Computer and Click Properties.
Click System protection.
Click Create Button.
Type the Description of your System Restore Point and Click Create
Tip: Make the Restore Point Description descriptive. Perhaps call it – Restore Point before <App Name> Install
That’s it! Normally the creation of the Restore Point only takes a few minutes (as demonstrated in the groovyVideo above). Hopefully you will never need to use it but it’s better to be prepared than optimistic…
In the event you do need to perform a system restore, read my next article in the series which demonstrates How-To Recover a System Using a System Restore Point.