When you are working on Windows 11, it is quite possible that your operating system will mess up due to some corrupt device drivers or buggy software. Even though no such things occur, you must create a restore point as Windows 11 is quite unstable and may get into some issues.

The problems like Blue or Black Screen of death errors occur pretty often on unstable devices. Solving such errors always remain a tedious task. If you had generated restore points sometime back in the past, this presents an additional solution that you may go for and fix system crashes. A restore point not only solves the issues at hand but also protects your personal data from being lost.

How to create or use Restore Point in Windows 11

What is System Restore and how often should you create it? 

Restore point is basically a snapshot of the current Windows installation on your computer. This includes system settings, update-related files, registry backup, and all your personal information.

Make sure to create one restore point right after you clean install Windows 11. This serves as the origin point, so never delete it. You may also create a restore point right before when you are going to perform advanced changes to your system. However, this is not much important as you have the original backup. 

Apart from the manual restore points, the system will also generate some backup from time to time automatically on your computer. Use the auto backup only if you are 100% sure that the problem started to occur only after its date of creation.

How to Create a Restore Point on Windows 11

This guide elaborates on the following things on Windows 11 PC –

Access System Restore Setting on Windows 11

With Windows 11, Microsoft has changed the default setting locations as well. For instance – On Windows 10, you may access Windows Update by navigating to the path – Settings > Update & Security. There’s no such setting termed “Update & Security” on Windows 11. 

With so many changes going on in the new OS, you must be wondering how you can reach out to the Restore Point page. Well, you locate the System Protection setting by following these quick and easy steps –

  • Press “Windows key + I” to launch the Settings page.
  • Click System on the left pane and head over to the corresponding right section.
  • Scroll down to the last option i.e. About, and expand it.
  • Under Device specifications, you will find the “System Protection” link beside “Related links”.

Windows Settings -System Protection

  • Click over this link and the System properties window will appear next. See the Snapshot below –

Create Restore Point in Windows 11 - Configure

  • On this window, you will find all settings related to System Restore

Turn on System Protection for a particular disk

Now that you have found the system restore point setting, check the current status of disk drives present on your device. If the “Protection” reads Off for all the disk drives, select the root drive, and hit Configure.

Quick Note: In case you want to turn on protection for some other disk drive, select that drive, and hit the option – Configure

  • In the snapshot below, we have chosen the root drive i.e. “C:\” 
  • Under ‘Restore Settings”, enable the radio button available left of the setting – Turn on system protection. 

Turn On System Protection in Windows 11

  • Under the ‘Disk Space Usage’, move the slider to the right. By moving the slider, you basically adjust the disk space that you want to reserve for creating and storing restore points. 
  • Click Apply then OK to save the changes made so far.

That’s it, your system will create a restore point from time to time on the enabled disk drive. 

Manually Create a System Restore Point

Although your system will automatically generate restore points on the computer, you may perform this task manually as well. Ensure creating such a backup whenever you think of making some advanced changes on the device.

Here’s how you can create a system restore point manually on Windows 11 –

  • Assuming you are still on the System Properties window, hit the create button.

System Properties

  • A pop-up window will appear next. Fill in today’s date, and hit Create again. 

Name the Restore Point

  • The system will start generating your first restore point on Windows 11. When this process is over, you will be greeted with a message – “The restore point was created successfully”.

System Restore Point Created

  • Hit Close to end this pop-up window, and restart your PC.

Tip: If you are facing any difficulty on the computer, don’t create such a point. Otherwise, you might end up using the corrupted backup when the need arises. 

Use previously created restore points to fix a problematic device

The next important aspect of System Protection is how to use a previously generated restore point and revert back your operating system. Well, you may do so by applying any one of the below two methods –

1] The normal way – using local settings

If you are facing some bugs or issues on the computer, restore your system using the normal way. The steps below will work only if you can get past the login screen. Here’s how this process goes –

  • Open Settings and proceed as follows – System > About > System Protection.
  • When the System Properties window opens up, click over the option – System Restore.
  • Click Next to go ahead. 

Use Restore Point in Windows 11

  • Select the Restore Point from the list to which you want to go back. 
  • Hit Scan for affected programs, and wait for a while. 

Select Recent backup

  • When the above scan doesn’t report any issues to deal with, you may proceed further by clicking Next.
  • On the subsequent screen, you may find all the relevant details.

Create Restore Point in Windows 11 - Finish restoring PC

  • Though the snapshot above doesn’t report any pre-conditions moving forward, you may at times get some additional information that you must ponder upon. 
  • Read the instructions carefully and hit the Finish button.
  • The system will then start resetting your device to a point wherein things were working pretty normally.
  • This whole ‘reverting back your PC’ takes some time, so wait accordingly. 
  • Once this is over, you may boot into Windows normally without getting into any bugs or errors. 

2] Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) when can’t boot normally

There are times when you can’t boot into your PC and instead receive Blue or Black Screen of death errors. This is the condition, where you can use the WinRE environment to restore your buggy device. To do so, use these steps –

  • Since you can’t sign in to Windows 11, boot into the Safe Mode first.
  • You may also shut down and start your computer 3-4 times to launch the Advanced Repair setting. 
  • When you are on the Windows Recovery Environment screen, click Troubleshoot.
  • Select Advanced options and then System Restore.
  • In case you use some passkey to log into your computer, use the same.
  • The System Properties window will appear next.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the remaining steps. 

I hope using this way, you may easily restore your Windows 11 PC.

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