Create or Delete System Restore Point Manually In Windows 7

If you’re planning to experiment with the system files or installing some unknown applications, it is always wise to keep a backup of your system, so that you can get back to the stable state if the system crashes down unexpectedly. System restore point in Windows represents the earlier stable state of your system and you can safely move back to any previous state without any system restore software. Though most of the programs create a restore point before the installation, some program does not. Therefore, you can create system restore point manually in Windows 7 to be safe.
Though the system restores point is a good option in Windows operating systems to recover from the event some disasters happen, they consume a significant disk space. Deleting all the system restore points except the recent one is a good practice to save the disk space.
In this article, we’ve discussed on how to create system restore point manually and delete all the older system restore points, excluding the most recent one.

How to Create System Restore Point Manually

Creating a system restore point manually in Windows 7 is not so tough. Just follow these steps.
1. Right click on the ‘Computer’ icon from the desktop or ‘Start menu’ and select ‘Properties’.
This opens the system properties window from the control panel. You can also reach to this window by navigating through these paths:

Control Panel > System and Security > System

Another way to open that window is pressing Win key + Pause/Break button from the keyboard.
2. However, once you reach that window, select ‘System protection’ from the left sidebar of the window.

windows 7 system protection link

3. The ‘System properties’ box will appear. Under the ‘System protection’ tab, click on the ‘Create’ button.

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4. Now, it will ask to give a description for the restore point so that you can identify it easily in future. After giving a suitable name, click on the ‘Create’ button.

Create system restore point manually

You are done! It will take a few seconds to create the new system restore point.

How to Delete the Old Restore Points Except the Recent One?

If you want to save the disk space by deleting the old restore points which are no longer needed except the recent one, follow these steps.
1. Right-click on your root drive from Windows explorer and select ‘Properties’.

2. Under the ‘General’ tab, click on ‘Disk Cleanup’ button.

3. Now, your system will calculate the estimated amount of space that can be made free.

4. Once calculated, the ‘Disc Cleanup’ window will appear. Click on ‘Clean up system files’.

5. Windows will again calculate the amount of space that can be made free. It may take some minutes to complete.

6. After the calculation is completed, you will find another tab ‘More Options’ has been generated at the ‘Disk Cleanup’ box. Switch to that tab and click on the ‘Clean up…’ button under the ‘System Restore and Shadow Copies’ section.

7. Click on ‘Delete’ button to confirm.

Delete system resotre point in Windows 7

You are done! All the older system restore points will be deleted except the recent one.
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5 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks you so much for such a straight-forward explanation on Wind7 Restore Points.
    Sorry if you mentioned it but my question is this. Maybe it is obvious common sense, but does this mean, or not, that user must repeat the Cleanup for each individual drive (in addition to the boot drive)?
    Which brings up another question. When you do a new restore point, does that restore point not include info for all other drives as well?
    It can be confusing. Why? Because Windows 7 gives options for each drive to set % of space each drive can use for “restore points”. When that % is full, then Windows auto-purges (deletes) the oldest restore points to make space for new points.
    tks in advance if you have time to reply.

  2. What about when you want to delete MANUALLY restore files ? Meaning when you want to delete one or two restore files only but not all of them except the last one.

  3. This is not a manual operation. A manual restore would be remove the protection of SystemVolumeInformation folder and replace the corresponding files to unwanted points by those corresponding to the point that you previously saved in another folder. That’s what I do to circumvent Windows System Restore, which is smart enough to automatically delete just those points you need most.

  4. Yeah, I follow these directions BUT – the system gets hung up in the deletions and sits on “Deleting Thumbnails” forever. The restore points are never deleted.

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