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System Restore Point Shortcut

How to Make a "Create System Restore Point" Shortcut in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Published by Brink
13 Nov 2008
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How to Make a "Create System Restore Point" Shortcut in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

information   Information
This tutorial will provide you with a create a manual system restore point shortcut that will instantly create a restore point with an optional description and success message in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

System Restore isn't available for Windows RT.

Note   Note
Restore points contain information about registry settings and other system information that Windows uses. System Restore points do not include personal user files in the C:\Users\(user-name) folders.

warning   Warning
For this shortcut to work, you must have System Protection turned on for the C: (Windows) drive. If you do not have it on, then you will get the error below when you try to use the shortcut.

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EXAMPLE: Create System Restore Point with description and message shortcut
NOTE: When you click on the Create System Restore Point shortcut, you will see this window. Just type in a name for the restore point, and click on OK to create the restore point.
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OPTION ONE
To Create the "Create Restore Point" Shortcut
1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for what type of shortcut you would like to use to create a restore point with.
2. For an Instant Create Restore Point Shortcut
NOTE: This shortcut will instantly create a restore point named Instant Restore Point in System Restore without prompting for a description or giving you any type of success message. If you didn't get an error, then the restore point was created successfully after a few moments.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.
Instant_Restore_Point.zip
download
3. For a Create Restore Point with Description Prompt Shortcut
NOTE: This shortcut will prompt you to enter a description name for the restore point, then create the restore point. If you didn't get an error, then the restore point was created successfully after a few moments.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.
Restore_Point_Shortcut.zip
download
4. For a Create Restore Point with Description and Success Message Shortcut
NOTE: This shortcut will prompt you to enter a description for the restore point, create the restore point, and give you a successfully completed message when it's finished.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.
Restore_Point_Message_Shortcut.zip
download
5. Save the downloaded .zip file to your desktop.

6. Open the downloaded .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) all of the contents to your desktop.

7. Right click on the VBS file inside the extracted Instant_Restore_Point (step 2), or Restore Point Shortcut (step 3), or Restore Point Message Shortcut (step 4) folder, click on Properties, General tab, and click on the Unblock button if available. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the file is already unblocked and you can continue on.
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8. Right click on the extracted Instant_Restore_Point (step 2), or Restore Point Shortcut (step 3), or Restore Point Message Shortcut (step 4) folder, and click/tap on Cut.

9. Navigate to and open the C:\Program Files folder in Windows Explorer, then right click or press and hold on an empty area in the folder window, and click/tap on Paste. (see screenshot below step 11)

10. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue and Yes.

11. You should now see the Instant_Restore_Point (step 2), or Restore Point Shortcut (step 3), or Restore Point Message Shortcut (step 4) folder in the C:\Program Files window now. (see screenshot below)
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12. Right click on the Create System Restore Point or Instant Restore Point shortcut on the desktop, click/tap on Properties, General tab, and click/tap on the Unblock button if available. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have an Unblock button under the General tab, then the file is already unblocked and you can continue on.
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13. You can now leave the Create System Restore Point (left screenshot below) or Instant Restore Point (right screenshot below) shortcut on the desktop or move it to where you like for easy use of it.
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OPTION TWO
To Remove the "Create Restore Point" Shortcut
1. Navigate to C:\Program Files in Windows Explorer, then right click on either the Instant_Restore_Point (step 2 above), or Restore Point Shortcut (step 3 above), or Restore Point Message Shortcut (step 4 above) folder, and click on Delete. (see screenshot below)
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2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes (Windows 7/8) or Continue (Vista).

3. Right click or press and hold on the Create System Restore Point (left screenshot below) or Instant Restore Point (right screenshot below) shortcut, and click/tap on Delete.
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That's it,
Shawn





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13 Nov 2008   #1
mansrm81

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/ Windows Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Shawn keep it up the tutorials are coming in handy.

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13 Nov 2008   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Mansrm81.

Will do,
Shawn
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13 Nov 2008   #3
skunksmash

SEVEN x64
 
 

now this is a great shortcut...... well done Shawn!!

this will be the first tweak i make once its back up & running.

SK
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13 Nov 2008   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Mitch. Thank you.
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14 Nov 2008   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Brink....

I've now added this shortcut to the Windows, Startup folder so that every time I boot I get a prompt to create a restore point.

Thank you Shawn; all your hard work is appreciated!












Later Ted
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14 Nov 2008   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Ted.

However, System Restore should automatically create a restore point at startup from a task in Task Scheduler for you.
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14 Nov 2008   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Brink!...

These are shots of my SR since the reinstall yesterday. I've done at least a dozen restarts and at least one boot from "off" in that time and SR has not created one restore point.

I have the same problem in Vista!....

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Later Ted


My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2008   #8
natri23

Windows 7 build 6956
 
 

Can we make the system auto create a restore point without asking to the description?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2008   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Natri,

Since Windows 7 automatically creates restore points on it's own from a task in Task Scheduler, this shortcut was made to help make creating manual restore points easier. The entering of a description is there to allow you to make it easier to know which on to use if you needed to do a System Restore. For example, use a description of "Before a program installation" or "Before a driver installation". Otherwise you would get just a date and time and that's it.

I would recommend to use a description. It only takes a few extra seconds.
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