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The Quickest Way to Create a Restore Point in Windows Vista

written by: Lamar Stonecypher•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 12/1/2009

In a perfect world, we'd all be more careful about backing up our PC before making major changes. In the world we actually live in, just having a way to "go back" often has to suffice. Here, we look at making going back easier.

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    In Vista, it’s a good idea to set a restore point, or go-back-to point, before installing new software or doing maintenance such as editing the registry, which may affect the stability of your PC.

    Here’s the absolute fastest way to create a restore point in Vista that I've found:

    1. Click start and type in “systempropertiesprotection”

    2. If User Access Control is active, click Continue

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    3. Click Create

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    4. Enter a meaningful name for your restore point

    5. Click Create and watch as it makes the restore point

    6. Click OK to close the System Properties dialog.

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    And that's it - the fastest way to create a restore point in Vista.

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