Single Click System Restore Point Creation

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 8, 2008
Updated • Sep 29, 2015
Software, Windows tips

If you want to create a System Restore point in Windows you need to navigate deep into the Windows Control Panel to do that. That's not comfortable if you want to quickly create a system restore point before making changes to the system.

Tip: One of the easier ways to start System Restore on Windows is to run rstrui.exe directly using the run box or command prompt.

A solution to make System Restore more comfortable to work with is provided by Doug Knox who created the application Sys Restore Point. The program enables you to create System Restore points by starting the program executable that is provided with the application.

The software works from every directory it is placed in and does not have to be installed.

It is compatible to Windows XP and Windows Vista (latest version also compatible with newer versions of Windows), and creates System Restore Points without user input. The Microsoft .net 2.0 Framework is required to run the latest version of the software.

Doug gives the tip to create a shortcut to the file executable and place that shortcut in a location where it can be launched quickly. It is even possible to add it to a scheduler to create a System Restore Point as part of a scheduled process.

The program has not been updated in a while, and as a result, is not listed as being compatible with Windows 7 or newer versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. I can't recommend to run the program on those systems as it is not clear if it will create a proper system restore point.

Please note that Windows 8 or newer versions of Windows may complain that the publisher cannot be verified. Simply click on the more info link and select run anyway if that happens.

If you prefer to use a program to create manual system restore points, I'd like to point out that System Restore Manager can do that as well. You can run it right from your system and will see all previously created restore points listed in the program interface. A click creates a new point that you can restore at a later point in time using the program or the default Windows System Restore feature.

Note that the program may not be compatible with older versions of the Windows operating system.

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  1. Henk said on July 9, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Using a special software utility for this is just overkill, it’s not necessary at all.

    At the How-To Geek website you’ll find a description of how you can do exactly the same (creating a one-click System Restore) with a shortcut to a simple three-line VB script.


    Regards, Henk

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