More experienced computer users are familiar with the “blue screen of death”. This is the nickname for the critical error message that Windows displays when something has gone wrong with your operating system. Not acknowledging this error immediately could lead to the loss of data or the corruption of your OS. Serious system errors need to be corrected as soon as possible to keep the computer working at tip-top shape.
However, there may have been times when you fail to find what might have caused the error – despite having done everything to track down the source of the problem. Perhaps you had installed something that wreaked havoc on your system’s registry values. When you’re losing valuable time and important data, this could also mean losing valuable business. This is where the system restore point will save you.
What is a system restore point?
In a sense, it is a saved memory of the settings and condition of computer’s OS at a certain time and date, before you’ve made changes to it. It’s like a backup for all of your system’s settings. What many experienced computer users do is to set a system restore point right before they do anything that could potentially go wrong—for example, installing a heavy-duty program that involves changing certain system registry values.
By setting a system restore point, you give yourself the ability to revert the computer’s software back to the settings and conditions they had before any changes had been made to it by a new program or something else.
How to set a System Restore Point in Windows 7
- We start by going to the Start Menu, and right-clicking on “Computer”. A popup menu will appear, from which you can select “Properties”.
- Doing this will lead you to the Control Panel’s system window, where you can set a restore point. Click on System protection (it should be on the left side, but it depends on your computer’s view settings).
- This will take you to the system protection section popup. There are five tabs: Computer Name, Hardware, Advanced, System Protection, and Remote. Under the System Protection tab, there is an option for “System Restore”.
- You will then be presented with an option to select various disk drives in your computer. You can select which ones you would like to set a restore point for by clicking the checkbox next to them. This makes the settings that these drives have now your “saved restore points”.
- Once you’ve selected the disk drives or areas you’d like to create a restore point in, click “Create…” This leads the computer prompt you for a label for your restore point(s). If you plan on having multiple restore points, it might be a good idea to label the restore point with the date and time, or the reason why you’re creating a restore point (such as the installation a particular program).
- Click “Create”, and your system will set the point for you.
So, people who work strictly with their computers, like programmers, designers, animators, copywriters, virtual office employees, and others, that’s all it takes. You may have just saved yourself a lot of grief, in the off-chance that something goes wrong when you install something.