If you use the System Restore function in Windows 10 to revert your operating system to the last known stable point when it was working correctly, you might be interested in having the ability to quickly create a restore point with one click. This can be done by creating a shortcut to a command which creates the restore point. In modern Windows versions, it is especially useful because System Restore has been scaled back to create restore points far less frequently, even as low as once a week!
Before you begin, make sure you have System Restore enabled.
To create a restore point in Windows 10 with one click, you need to do the following:
- Right click on the Desktop and select the command "New -> Shortcut" from the context menu.
- In the shortcut target, type or copy-paste the following text:
cmd.exe /k "Wmic.exe /Namespace:\\root\default Path SystemRestore Call CreateRestorePoint "%DATE%", 100, 7"
- Give this shortcut the desired name and icon. Tip: An appropriate icon is in the following file:
- Now, open the shortcut's properties by right clicking it and click the Advanced... button on the Shortcut tab of its Properties. Check the option to run as administrator in the shortcut's properties -> Advanced and click OK everywhere to save settings:
The line "Method execution successful." indicates that everything is OK. You can use the mentioned WMIC command in batch files as well:
Wmic.exe /Namespace:\\root\default Path SystemRestore Call CreateRestorePoint "%DATE%", 100, 7
Just remember to execute it from an elevated command prompt.