How To Schedule Creation of System Restore Point in Windows 10 Automatically

Before making any major changes to the system , we usually create a copy of the current working state of the Operating system image called system restore point so that in-case something fails we can revert back to the previous working state. If we are going to make these kind of changes regularly , we must create a restore point very often. Doing this manually every single time may be time-consuming and tiresome. To avoid this, we can simply schedule a task to Create System Restore Points on a regular basis. Like , you can schedule a task every week / Month / daily to create a restore points in your system. In this article , let us see how to do that in different ways.

Pre-requisites :

Before scheduling creation of the system restore point automatically , please ensure to :

1. Turn on System Protection

Step 1 : Open run window using the shortcut key Windows+r

Step 2: Type sysdm.cpl and hit Enter

 

 

Sysdm Cpl In Run

 

Step 3: In the System Properties window, from the System Protection tab click on Configure

 

 

System Properties

 



 

Step 4: In the appearing window,

  1. Tick the Turn on System protection
  2. Press Apply
  3. Click on OK

 

 

System Protection

 

 

2. Disable System Restore Point frequency in Registry Editor

You can create a single restore point in 24 hrs. If you try to create one more within that span, system throws a warning stating “A new restore point cannot be created”. In order to overcome this we have to disable System restore point frequency setting in the registry editor. To do so , Follow the below steps :

Step 1: Open the run window. Hold the keys Windows+r simultaneously

Step 2: Write regedit and press OK

 

 

Regedit In Run

 

 

NOTE: Registry editing can have adverse effect on the system even with a slightest mistake. It is advised to take the backup of the system before proceeding. To take a backup, In the Registry Editor–> Go to File –> Export –> Save your Backup file.

 

Step 3: In the Editor window , copy-paste or navigate to the following location,

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

Check if the DWORD key named SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency exists. If not create one.

  1. Right Click anywhere on the right hand side
  2. Click on New
  3. Choose DWORD (32-bit) Value

 

Dword Creation

 

Step 4: Name the DWORD as SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency. It should have the value 0.

 

 

Value 0

 

 

In case the value is not 0 , edit the key.

1. Right-click on the key SystemRestorePointCreationFrequency

2. Click on Modify

 

 

Modify

 

 

3.In the Edit window that opens, Set the value 0 and Press OK

 

 

Edi Dword

 

 

Method 1 : From Task Scheduler

Step 1: Open the run window by holding Windows+r keys

Step 2: Write taskschd.msc and press Enter

 

 

4.taskschd.msc In Run

 

Step 3: In the Task Scheduler window, Under Actions in the right-hand side, click on Create Task

 

 

Create Task

 

Step 4: In the Create Task Window that opens , Under General Tab, do the following:

  1. Give a Name to the Task
  2. Check the option Run whether user is logged on or not
  3. Check the option Run with highest privileges
  4. In the Configure for drop-down choose Windows 10

 

General Tab Settings

 

 

Step 5: In the Triggers tab, to do the following

 

  1. Click on the New to open New Trigger window.
  2. Choose On a schedule  from Begin the task drop-down.
  3. Set Frequency at which you want to execute the task. Example Daily
  4. Specify the Start Date and Time  as shown in the below image.
  5. Press OK

 

 

Trigger Tab Settings Min

 

 

Step 6: Under the Actions Tab ,

  1. Click on New  to open New Action window.
  2. Under Action drop down, Choose Start a program
  3. Type powershell.exe under Program/script section
  4. Copy paste the following command for Add arguments (optional) 
-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "Checkpoint-Computer -Description \"<Name_Of_Your_RestorePoint>\" -RestorePointType \"MODIFY_SETTINGS\""

For Example, if the name of the restore point you want to create is Restore_Point tweak the command as follows:

-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "Checkpoint-Computer -Description \"Restore_Point\" -RestorePointType \"MODIFY_SETTINGS\""

 

 

Action Tab Settings

 

 

Step 7 : Under the Condition tab,

  1. Untick the option Stop if the computer switches to battery power
  2. Untick the option Start the task only if the computer is on AC power
  3. Press OK

 

Conditions Tab

 

 

Step 8: A window pops out asking for the system password. Enter your password and press Enter

 

 

Password Prompt

 

With these changes a restore point will be created in the system that would automatically run on a daily schedule.

Method 2: From Command Prompt

Step 1: Press the keys Windows+r to open the Run window.

Step 2: Type cmd and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter together. This opens Elevated Command Prompt(Command Prompt with Admin rights)

 

Cmd

 

 

Step 3: To Schedule the task to run automatically , enter the following command

schtasks /create /sc <Frequency> /tn <Name_Of_Task> /tr "wmic.exe /Namespace:\\root\default Path SystemRestore Call CreateRestorePoint "<Name_of_Restore_Point>", 100, 7" /st <Scheduled Time> /sd <StartDate>

 

OR

schtasks /create /sc <Frequency> /tn <Name_Of_Task> /tr "powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoExit -Command "Checkpoint-Computer -Description "<Name_of_Restore_Point>" -RestorePointType 'MODIFY_SETTINGS'" /st <Scheduled Time> /sd <StartDate>

 



 

 

NOTE: In the above command ,

  1. Frequency tell us How frequently the the task has to run. You could give values like DAILY,WEEKLY, MONTHLY etc.
  2. Scheduled Time should be in HH:MM::SS format
  3. Start Date should be in MM/DD/YYYY format

For more details on the above command refer to this link

To have a clarity, lets look at several examples:

1. To Schedule a task named Test Task so that it runs daily at 10:00 AM starting from 10th Feb 2021 to Create a System restore point Test Restore Point, we tweak the command as :

schtasks /create /sc DAILY /tn "Test Task" /tr "wmic.exe /Namespace:\\root\default Path SystemRestore Call CreateRestorePoint "Test Restore Point", 100, 7" /st 10:00 /sd 02/10/2021

 

OR

 

schtasks /create /sc DAILY /tn "Test Task" /tr "powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoExit -Command "Checkpoint-Computer -Description "Restore Point 1" -RestorePointType 'MODIFY_SETTINGS'" /st 10:00 /sd 02/10/2021

 

2. To Schedule a task named Test Task so that it runs Weekly at 11:00 AM starting from 12th Feb 2021 to Create a System restore point Restore Point 1, we tweak the command as :

schtasks /create /sc WEEKLY /tn "Test Task" /tr "wmic.exe /Namespace:\\root\default Path SystemRestore Call CreateRestorePoint "Restore Point 1", 100, 7" /st 11:00 /sd 02/12/2021

 

OR



 

schtasks /create /sc WEEKLY /tn "Test Task" /tr "powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoExit -Command "Checkpoint-Computer -Description "Restore Point 1" -RestorePointType 'MODIFY_SETTINGS'" /st 11:00 /sd 02/12/2021

 

3. To Schedule a task named Create_Restore_Task so that it runs DAILY at 11:00 AM starting from 12th Feb 2021 to Create a System restore point Restore_Point, we tweak the command as :

schtasks /create /sc DAILY /tn "Create_Restore_Task" /tr "wmic.exe /Namespace:\\root\default Path SystemRestore Call CreateRestorePoint "Restore_Point", 100, 7" /st 11:00 /sd 02/12/2021

 

OR

 

schtasks /create /sc DAILY /tn "Create_Restore_Task" /tr "powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoExit -Command "Checkpoint-Computer -Description "RestorePointName" -RestorePointType 'MODIFY_SETTINGS'" /st 11:00 /sd 02/12/2021

 

 

Cmd 1

 

 

Click on the link Creating a restore point from command line for more details on creating restore points.

 

Thank you for Reading. We hope this article has been informative. Kindly comment and let us know if you find this article helpful.



2 thoughts on “How To Schedule Creation of System Restore Point in Windows 10 Automatically”

  1. This is a very well written article, Thank you for your work. This should have been a GUI feature in Windows 10, similarly to scheduled backups.

  2. THIS IS THE BEST SET OF INSTRUCTIONS ON COMPUTER USAGE THAT I HAVE SEEN :
    I am on the computer everyday and am constantly searching for various tech issues .
    This explanation is clear, concise, and with multiple solutions
    THANKS

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