Backing Up Windows System Files with System Protection

  • 3 June 2020
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When the System Protection utility is turned on, it automatically backs up system files and
stores them on the hard drive at regular intervals and just before you install software or
hardware. These snapshots of the system are called restore points and include Windows system files that have changed since the last restore point was made. A restore point does not contain all user data, and you can manually create a restore point at any time. System Restore (rstrui.exe) restores the system to its condition at the time a restore point was made. If you restore the system to a previous restore point, user data on the hard drive will not be altered, but you can affect installed software and hardware, user settings and passwords, and OS configuration settings.


Tip 1: Enable System Protection


1.) Open Control Panel and open the System window. In the System window, click System protection. The System Protection tab of the System Properties box appears. 



2.) Make sure protection is turned on for the drive containing Windows, which indicates that restore points are created automatically. To make a change, click Configure. The System Protection box appears, as shown on the right side of the figure. If you make a change to this box, click Apply and then click OK.

Restore points are taken at least every 24 hours, and they can use up to 15 percent of
disk space. If disk space gets very low, restore points are no longer made, which is one more good reason to keep at least 15 percent or more of the hard drive free.

Tip 2: Manually Create a Restore Point

To manually create a restore point, use the System Protection tab of the System Properties box, as shown on the left side of the above figure. Click Create. In the System Protection box, enter a name for the restore point, such as “Before I tested software,” and click Create. The restore point is created.

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Thanks for the detailed guide!