Backup and Restore Add Create Restore Point Context Menu in Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Create Restore Point context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Turning on system protection for a drive allows System Restore to include the drive when restore points are created so you can undo undesired system changes by reverting to a previous point in time.

System Restore monitors system changes and saves the system state as a restore point. If a system problem develops as a result of a system change, you can return the system to a previous state using the data from a restore point.

Restore points are created to let users select a previous system state. Each restore point contains the required information to restore the system to the selected state. Restore points are created before key changes are made to the system.

System Restore automatically manages the disk space that is allocated for restore points. It purges the oldest restore points to make room for new ones. System Restore allocates space based on the size of the hard disk and the version of Windows that the computer runs, as shown in the following table. You can adjust the maximum disk space per drive used for system protection.

Use System Restore to make restore points when you install a new app, driver, or Windows update, and when you create a restore point manually. System Restore does not restore user data or documents, so it will not cause users to lose their files, e-mail, browsing history, or favorites. Restoring will remove apps, drivers, and updates installed after the restore point was made. System Restore is also made available to users in the Windows Recovery Environment or safe mode, making it easier for them to restore their computers to a state before problems occurred.

You must be signed in as an administrator to add and use the Create Restore Point context menu.

If you have Windows booted in safe mode, then you will not be able to create a restore point.

EXAMPLE: "Create Restore Point" context menu

How to use Create Restore Point context menu:

1) Right click or press and hold on your desktop or in an opened folder in File Explorer, click/tap on Show more options, and click/tap on Create Restore Point.

2) Click/tap on Yes when prompted by UAC.

3) You will now see a command prompt open to create a "Manual" system restore point, and automatically close when finished.



Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you want.

2 Add Create Restore Point Context Menu

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\Create Restore Point]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\Create Restore Point\command]
@="PowerShell -windowstyle hidden -command \"Start-Process cmd -ArgumentList '/s,/c, PowerShell Checkpoint-Computer -Description \"Manual\" -RestorePointType \"MODIFY_SETTINGS\"' -Verb runAs\""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore]

3 Remove Create Restore Point Context Menu

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\Create Restore Point]

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

That's it,
Shawn Brink



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This works in Win10 too! Please add it to the Win10 tutorials too if you haven't done so already.

It would be most useful if all of your tutorials specified which other versions of Windows they worked in.

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