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Offline Brynn

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create manual restore point on Windows 7?
« on: May 17, 2010, 07:45:33 PM »
Hi Friends,
Still having fun loading up my new Windows 7 laptop :mitch:  And I want to create a manual restore point before installing, especially very large programs; a practice I learned here years ago from Corrine :rose:  But when I open System Restore, I don't find any options to create my own restore point.  Is there a way to do it in Windows 7?

I have seen in some of my security programs, where there's an option to automatically create a restore point before deleting malware, or "fixing".  So it makes me wonder if W7 maybe automatically creates a restore point whenever anything is installed?

Thanks for your help  :D
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Re: create manual restore point on Windows 7?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2010, 07:50:18 PM »
OH!  I just found the answer.  Sorry there's no way for me to delete my topic (that I can find)
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Re: create manual restore point on Windows 7?
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2010, 08:23:58 PM »
Brynn,
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I want to create a manual restore point before installing, especially very large programs

if only others would do the same it would save them the heart ake of loosing files folder and personal photos etc.
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create my own restore point.  Is there a way to do it in Windows 7
Yes there is a way and this is how I personally do it.
Click on your start button then Right Click in the window that has opend (I click just above where it says shut down) and click Properties
in the next window that opens click on the System Properties tab and towards the bottom you will see the button called Create click it.


Type in what ever you want to call your restore point.

Someone else will come and tell you another way, but thats the easyest I know.

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Re: create manual restore point on Windows 7?
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2010, 09:00:52 PM »
OH!  I just found the answer.  Sorry there's no way for me to delete my topic (that I can find)

Good job, Brynn!  

"For the record", in addition to however you found System Restore as well as GR@PH;<'S illustrated procedure, Windows 7 search is incredibly easy to use.  Click the Start orb and in the search box start typing.  I got as far as cre and there it was -- the first choice provided was under Programs to Create a System Repair Disk, but right there under Control Panel was "Create a restore point".

Something else you may find useful is Jump Lists (See Using Jump Lists to open programs and items).  I have the Control Panel pinned to the task bar as a Jump List.  Within that list, as I opened various features, those that I wanted easy access to I right-clicked the item on the Recent list and selected the Pin to this list.  As you can see in the attached image, that list includes Create a restore point. :)

As always, there are numerous ways of doing things in Windows.  You merely need to select the method that works best for you.


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Re: create manual restore point on Windows 7?
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2010, 12:28:00 AM »
Well, thanks for the info anyway guys.  That's about the same way I found, GR@PH.

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So it makes me wonder if W7 maybe automatically creates a restore point whenever anything is installed?
Besides finding how to create a restore point, I also learned that W7 does automatically create a restore point when something is installed  :D

It seems odd, to me, not to have the option to create a new/manual restore point actually in the System Restore dialog, or even Control Panel > Recovery.  I can't think of any manner in which System Restore in XP is confusing or potentially problematic.  Does anyone know why it's been changed in W7?

That's a good idea about pinning it to the taskbar w/in Control Panel, Corrine.  I didn't know that you could pin a dialog box, but it looks like that's what the "Jump List" is.  I'm not on my W7 machine at the moment, and don't recall anything called a Jump List.  But I'll look for it the next time I have a chance.  I've already pinned the programs that I use the most often to the Start menu, and I will say that seems to work pretty well.  On XP, I practically run my computer from Windows Explorer and Program Files.  I open programs directly from Program Files more often than I open from my desktop!  And I almost never use my Start menu in XP.  That's why it's been such a difficult transition in W7 where the Program Files are harder to access.

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Windows 7 search is incredibly easy to use
Yes, I have noticed that searching in the Help Files is much more productive on W7.  I can probably count on one hand the number of times that searching Help in XP actually turned up a helpful answer--and that's after using XP for...geez, I guess it's been 6 years now.  I think that's why I'm in the habit of posting a question in a support forum such as LzD, rather than search Help!  But in W7, in less than one month, I've already solved several problems from the Help files.

Anyway, thanks for your help :D  As always it's much appreciated  :cheers2:
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Re: create manual restore point on Windows 7?
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2010, 12:38:48 AM »
It is always difficult to change, particularly when it is as drastic as the changes are between XP & Windows 7.  I'm not sure if I gave you a link to this blog post before.  You might find it helpful in the transition:  For the 'former' Windows XP User - Welcome to Windows 7!


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