To start with, let’s turn on your computer’s System Protection. By default this should be active in Windows, but if it gets disabled you can easily use PowerShell to turn it back on.
- If you don't already have PowerShell pinned to your taskbar, press the Windows key and the S key at the same time time to bring up the search bar.
- Run PowerShell as an administrator (right click and select from the context menu).
- Retype or copy the following cmdlet.
PS C:\> Enable-ComputerRestore -Drive "C:\"
This just tells your computer that you want to enable system protection for your main C: drive. For most basic users this is all you'll need.
Alternatively, turn on system protection with the windows GUI
- Type “Create a restore point” into your windows search bar (you can also bring this up by pressing the windows key + S at the same time).
- Click on the button that reads “Configure”.
- Make sure “Turn on system protection” is checked. Then click “OK”.
In the modern versions of Windows, creating a system restore point is a breeze with PowerShell.
- In your search bar type “PowerShell” and right click on it to “Run as administrator”.
- Type or paste the following cmdlet (and replace the generic description with one of your own without <> brackets but with the quotation marks “”).
Checkpoint-Computer -Description "<Your descriptive name here>" -RestorePointType "MODIFY_SETTINGS"
This just tells your computer that you want to create a restore point, provides a space to input the name, and finally tells the computer what type of restore point is being made. Wait for it, and the process will complete itself soon!
Use the Windows GUI to create a restore point
TLDR; 1. In the search bar, type “restore” and select “Create a restore point.” 2. Enter a name that will make sense to you for the restore point, note that the date and time are added automatically. The name might be related to some task you’re about to undergo, programs you’re about to test, or simply a seasonal name for a regular backup.
Once you click create, just let your computer do its thing!
- In Windows 7, open the Start Menu and right-click on “Computer” from the context menu. Then left-click on “Properties”.
- Click on the “System protection” tab at the top. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see “Create.” Click on that to create your restore point. Make sure to name the restore point something memorable.
- Hang out until the computer finishes creating the restore point. It will throw up a message when it’s done.
Windows XP is pretty old-school by this point, so you should probably just upgrade if you can. If you connect this computer to the Internet at all you’re facing some pretty major security risks.
To create a restore point, just follow these steps.
- Open the Start menu. Click on “All programs” then “Accessories,” then click on “System Tools,” and finally click “System Restore.”
- Click on “Create a restore point and click “Next.”
- Enter a descriptive name for the restore point.
- Wait until your computer finishes creating the restore point, then click the close button.