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    Restore Point - Create in Windows 8

    Restore Point - Create in Windows 8
    How to Create a Restore Point in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    How to Create a Restore Point in Windows 8 and 8.1


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    System protection is a feature that regularly creates and saves information about your computer's system files, programs, drivers, and registry settings as restore points for all drives that have system protection turned on. You can use these restore points to do a system restore to return these items to an earlier point in time without affecting personal files (ex: anything in C:\Users\(user-name) folder).

    Restore points are automatically created by default just before significant system events, such as the installation of some programs, device driver, Windows Update, and by using a scheduled task once every seven days if no other restore points were created in the previous seven days. You can also manually create restore points at any time.

    This tutorial will show you how to create a restore point that can be used to do a system restore with in Windows 8 and 8.1.

    System Restore isn't available for Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to create a restore point.




    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for how you would like to open System.

    2. Open the Power User Tasks Menu, click on System, and go to step 5. (see screenshot below)

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    OR

    3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click on the System icon, and go to step 5.

    OR

    4. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click on the Recovery icon, click on the Configure System Restore link, and go to step 6. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click on the System protection link in the left pane. (see screenshot below)

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    6.
    If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

    7. Click on the Create button. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: This will create a restore point for all drives that have system protection turned on.

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    8.
    Type in a description that helps you to identify the restore point when doing a system restore. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: The current date and time are added automatically to the restore point.

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    9.
    When it's finished creating the restore point, click on Close. (see screenshots below)


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    10.
    If open, you can now close the System or Recovery window if you like. (see screenshot below step 4 or 5)


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Is there any way to making Instant Restore Points at start up just like we got used to doing in Windows 7 - System Restore Point : Create at System Startup - Windows 7 Forums ?

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    Hello Antonimo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes, you can use that exact same method from Windows 7 to do so in Windows 8. It's the same.
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    Hi Brink,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I have tried the Windows 7 version, but after confirming at the UAC prompt, nothing seems to happen.

    Is this possibly an administrator issue?
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    It depends on which option (step 1 or 2) you used. If you used step 2 for an instant restore point, then you will not be notified of the restore point being created.
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    I am trying to set up a restore point but I'm not having much luck. If you'll notice beside the arrow in the included pic, it just says "searching". It's been searching for a while now. Also, "configure" and "create" aren't clickable buttons? What am I doing wrong?

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    Hello Brian,

    Have you been playing in the Services?
    Double check to make sure the services below are enabled and set to Automatic. Afterwards, try again to see if that may help.

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    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Brian,

    Have you been playing in the Services?
    Double check to make sure the services below are enabled and set to Automatic. Afterwards, try again to see if that may help.

    Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider

    Volume Shadow Copy

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

    Awesome! That worked perfectly. Thanks a ton!
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    Instant_Restore_Point.vbs works great, how do I run this at boot and not logon?
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    Hello rdwray,

    You could use the same Method Two in the tutorial below to do so with Task Scheduler, but at step 6 use At startup for "Begin the task" instead.

    System Restore Point : Create at System Startup - Windows 7 Help Forums

    See also: Task - Create to Run a Program at Startup and Log On - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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