How to Create a System Restore Desktop Shortcut

One of the best Windows features is the System Restore feature. The only problem is that it takes far too many steps to manually create a new restore point.

In this article I will explain how to create a System Restore desktop shortcut. So, lets get started.

Create the Script

  • Open Notepad and type (or copy/paste) this:

Win XP

GetObject(“winmgmts:\\.\root\default:Systemrestore”).CreateRestorePoint InputBox(“Enter a descriptive name for the restore point:”,”Create Restore Point”), 0, 100

Win Vista, 7, 8 and 10

If WScript.Arguments.Count = 0 Then
Set objShell = CreateObject(“Shell.Application”)
objShell.ShellExecute “wscript.exe”, Chr(34) & WScript.ScriptFullName & Chr(34) & ” Run”, , “runas”, 1
Else
GetObject(“winmgmts:\\.\root\default:Systemrestore”).CreateRestorePoint InputBox(“Enter a descriptive name for the restore point:”,”Create Restore Point”), 0, 100
End If

  • Click now on File\Save as.
  • Give it a name and save it as .vbs

Create the Shortcut

  • Once you have saved the the script file, go to your desktop, right click in a blank space and point to New and click on Shrotcut.

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  • Click on Browse and find the file you created and click OK.

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  • Click on Next, give it a name and click on Finish.

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  • Your shortcut will now appear on your desktop.

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Test the Shortcut

  • To make sure your shortcut works, double click it.
  • Give a name to your Restore Point and click OK.

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  • Now open System Restore from Star\Programs\Accessories\System Tools\System Restore for XP or type on Start search bar rstrui for Win 7, 8 and 10.
  • Click on Restore my Computer to an earlier time and click Next.

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Note: Remember to create a restore point whenever you are making changes to your system that you aren’t confident about such as installing questionable software.

Please leave your comments below with your thoughts or alternative methods.

Nik

Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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