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How to Create a Restore Point on Windows 11

If you are making a significant change to your Windows 11 PC, it’s essential to create a Restore Point first. Here’s how to do it.

Windows 11 has a fresh coat of paint and plenty of new features, but many of the classics are still available. One of which is the ability to create a Restore Point.

It’s essential to enable and create restore points from time to time if something goes awry with your system. Another necessary action is creating restore points before making any significant changes to your system. However, it’s not enabled by default, so we’ll explain how to enable and create a restore point on Windows 11.

How to Create a System Restore Point on Windows 11

To get started hit the Windows key or click the Start button, type: restore point, and hit Enter, or click the top result from the search list.

search restore point windows 11

That will open the System Properties window to the “System Protection” tab. From there, click the Configure button.

system protection windows 11

Note that you can move the slider up or down from the following dialog window to adjust the amount of disk space used for the restore points. If you have a disk with a lot of storage, you might want to add more.

On the other hand, if you have a small amount of storage, you can reduce it. Typically, the amount of space that Windows assigns will be fine.

When you’re finished, click OK.

turn on system protection

Now that you have System Restore enabled, it’s time to create a restore point. Click the Create button and follow the onscreen instructions.

Create system restore point windows 11

First, type in a name that helps you identify what the restore point is for. For this example, I am typing in “Installing Office.”

After creating a memorable name for the restore point, click the Create button.

name restore point windows 11

While the restore point is created, you will see a progress bar.

progress bar windows 11

When it’s done, you will see a message that the restore point has been successfully created.

restore point successful Windows 11

That’s all there is to it. System Restore on Windows 11 still works like previous versions and if you’re still running Windows 10, read about creating a restore point manually.

For more tips on how to handle the new version of Windows, take a look at how to empty the Windows 11 Recycle Bin automatically.

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