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How to Create a Manual System Restore Point in Windows 7 – Quick and Easy Method
A Quick Guide to Creating System Restore Points in Windows 7
It was easier to create System Restore Point (SRP) in Windows XP as it had an all-in-one application with the same name that allowed both creating restore points as well as restoring. With Windows 7, things changed probably as Microsoft perceived that its users got smarter. They grouped different options under different categories – related but difficult to guess at the first go. If you are new to Windows 7 and wish to create a SRP, you have to dig out some related options before you can create one actually. This article explains how to create a manual system restore point in Windows 7 using two methods: One that doesn't require user input and other that needs input to name the restore point.
One of the most important aspects of any software/OS is that it should get work done with as less user input as possible. That is why we go to the extent of changing ISO files of Windows Installation DVD so we can initiate install and go for a walk. How many of you do it -adding attributes to Windows OS ISO for auto install? The user interactions refer to mouse clicks and typing etc. With Windows 8.1, it can be touch as well.
METHOD [A]: How to Create a Manual System Restore Point in Windows 7?
The GUI method involves too many clicks and keystrokes. I use a Visual Basic Script that I run from my Desktop and believe me: it takes much less user intervention and removes the plethora of other options. To be exact, you need a click to initiate it and then a few keystrokes to name it.
The script to create a manual system restore point in Windows 7 is a .vbs (Visual Basic script) file that is "called" by a batch file. Just make sure both files are in the same folder and click on the batch file (extension is .bat). You can also execute the .vbs file directly if you want. The batch file is to remove confusion and to "call" the right Visual Basic Script.
SRP Description Dialog
The method would be to extract all three files (there is a ReadMe.txt file included in the zip file) on a drive other than your system drive. Then right click on the batch file and select Send To -> Desktop.
Whenever you wish to create a manual restore point, you simply click the shortcut on desktop. It asks you for a description so that you can identify the SRP (see image above) and upon clicking OK, it creates a manual system restore point.
Once it creates the SRP, you get a confirmation as shown in the image below.
SRP Confirmation Dialog
Download Link to Script To Create Manual Restore Point In Windows 7
You can download the file here. The link is to my SkyDrive. Once you are there, right click on the zip file named ManualSRP and select download. You may use your antivirus to scan the archive though I made sure it is not contaminated.
PS: If the above link does not work or if you face any problems downloading or using the file, please drop a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
METHOD [B]: Create Manual Restore Point in Windows 7 Without ANY User Input
This is another script that I use with my startup programs. I delay the startup of this script by one minute so that all other elements are loaded. To create this script, just copy and paste the following into Notepad.
''''Script to create manual system restore point without user intervention''''
If WScript.Arguments.Count = 0 Then
Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
objShell.ShellExecute "wscript.exe", Chr(34) & WScript.ScriptFullName & Chr(34) & " Run", , "runas", 1
GetObject("winmgmts:\\.\root\default:Systemrestore").CreateRestorePoint "ManualRestorePoint", 0, 100
Press CTRL+S to save the script. Instead of just typing in the name, click on Types and select All Types in the Save As dialog. Name it whatever you want but keep the extension .vbs. For example, you can name it InstantSRP.vbs.
You can now add it to your startup folder if you wish to create a restore point at every boot. Alternatively, you can right click on the file and select Send To -> Desktop so that you can run it at your convenience simply by double clicking the shortcut on Desktop.
The above explains how to create manual restore points in Windows 7. It may also work in Windows 8. I can't say for sure as I have not tested it on Windows 8. If you face any problems using the script or if you wish any customization, please contact me at email@example.com