Create a Restore Point on Windows

Recently while rebuilding a Windows 7 Pro image for a client, I got hit by disaster, the Black Screen of Death (BSOD). The Black Screen of Death should be readily differentiated from the simililarly acronymized, Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) on Windows (or the Purple Screen of Death (PSOD) on VMWare ESXi).

Something about a Restart would cause my windows build to only ever boot to a black screen. No mouse, no text on the screen (not even Windows Boot Manager).

To rescue oneself from such a predicament, you should keep a Restore Point on Window.

Create a restore point. Overview from Microsoft.

Applies to: Windows 7, Windows 8.1
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17127/windows-back-up-restore

  • Right-click the Start button, then select Control Panel > System and Maintenance > System.
  • In the left pane, select System protection.
  • Select the System Protection tab, and then select Create.
  • In the System Protection dialog box, type a description, and then select Create.

That doesn't quite work on my Windows 7 install.
However, you can open the System properties using "sysdm.cpl"

  • Start > run > sysdm.cpl - opens System Properties
  • Select the System Protection tab
  • Type a Description then select Create.
Create a Restore Point on Windows
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