Creating System Restore Points in Windows Server 2012


  • Searching for "Create a restore point" on Windows Server 2012, brings up a link that when clicked takes you to System Properties. Once there, there is no System Protection tab or option to create a system restore point. Windows Server Backup is installed and functioning.

    Is this feature available in Windows Server 2012? Was it replaced with Shadow Copies for Shared Folders?

    Thanks for any insight you can provide.

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 9:38 PM


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  • Are you looking for a system restore point or the ability to retrieve earlier versions of user files from a share?

    .:|:.:|:. tim

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 11:56 PM
  •   Restore points have nothing to do with shadow copies or server backup. They are simply system restore points, not data backup.


    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 6:47 AM
  • Hence my question, since the title and the content of the original post seemed to be going in different directions.

    To my knowledge, there is not system restore point in Windows Server.

    .:|:.:|:. tim

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 6:00 PM
  • It could be found in Windows 8 client system in System Properties but not Windows Server 2012.

    This page provide a screenshot of Windows 8:

    In order to create a backup of whole system you could perform a backup by checking "system state" in Windows Server Backup.

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    • Proposed as answer by Ola Axén Friday, November 1, 2013 9:49 AM
    Monday, February 11, 2013 5:39 AM
  • Tim, Sorry for the confusion on the title. You are correct, there is no Create System Restore Point in Windows Server 2012. That is what I was looking for. I"m working on an eval install and came acorss a link in the help file that points you to the tab that used to be called System Protection. It must be something that was overlooked and will eventually be removed. Thanks for your response.
    Monday, February 11, 2013 5:47 AM
  • Shaon Shan, Thanks for your reply and the link. Much appreciated. By the way, a system state does not backup a whole system. I think you meant to say, a Full Backup? Anyway, thank you for taking the time to respond to my question.
    • Proposed as answer by comp-service Wednesday, August 13, 2014 11:11 AM
    Monday, February 11, 2013 5:48 AM
  • Thanks Bill
    Monday, February 11, 2013 5:49 AM
  • Dear Tim, Shaon,

    do you both really consider yourselves content with this answer and state of things? NO system restore points in servers? We have them since windows 2k I guess, we have additionally VM checkpoints, but NO such option for the hypervisor itself? Are you nuts? Do you want me to backup the Hyper-V Host each time I install updates or new drivers?

    You both as MS partner and MSFT CSG have the responsibility to feedback the sleeping monster when it is wrong in the garret.

    I am a MCITP:EA and implementing MS software solutions over 10 years, but I am not blind to see that this mishandle or other current functionality cutoffs are wrong!


    • Proposed as answer by SeanSauve Sunday, October 4, 2015 10:50 PM
    Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:01 AM
  • Very well said Boian.

    Thank you, in the name of all the Windows server users.

    Thursday, February 6, 2014 4:02 PM
  • 25th January 2012
    Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:49 PM
  • I just want to restore my laptop to the 25th of January 2012
    Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:02 PM
  • Are you looking for a system restore point or the ability to retrieve earlier versions of user files from a share?

    .:|:.:|:. tim

    Does Windows Server 2012 have the ability to retrieve earlier version of files?

    How do i do that?

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:30 AM
  • Why not simply add the Windows Server Backup feature and create scheduled backups?

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014 7:49 PM
  • Obviously because it's heaven and earth. Read a little bit more about SAN or VHD snapshots and you'll grasp the difference. Probably.
    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:42 PM
  •  HI,

    To create a system restore point, run msconfig.exe, that will launch a UI, click the tools tab, select system restore, that should invoke a UI which asks if you want to  restore to an earlier version or do you want to create a new restore point. I clicked "create a new restore point" The problem that I ran into is that when I click that button is I receive the error: can't find "C:\Windows\System32\rstrui.exe". That's the .exe which supports the "Create / restore point' processes. I posted a question about the missing .exe on the windows > windows 8.1 > Repair and recovery forum and was told to post it here. :>) The subject title of that post is "rstrui.exe Create a system restore point on windows server 8 Standard". That post documents the steps that I followed trying to create a system restore point. (FYI: I'm not trying to backup any drives. I know what a system restore point is and what backup is. They are two different animals). I want to create a restore point prior in order to prep for installing an App. So, If a problem occurs; the registry keys and app files can be backed out to some extent. BTW: Create system restore point on windows 8.1does work perfectly well, there's a different UI. I just didn't know where to post the initial problem.regards,Steve


    Friday, March 6, 2015 10:33 PM
  • I don't know what system you ran msconfig on, but on my 2012 R2, msconfig / Tools does not have an entry for 'system restore' nor is there a rstrui.exe in the System32 subdir of Windows
    Monday, May 18, 2015 7:38 PM

    Follow the instructions and at the point to Select items, just pick what you want.

    Cumbersome I know, and for me it's more like a workaround. Microsoft is like " why make it easy when can make it complicated" ':-/

    Tuesday, June 9, 2015 6:46 PM
  • I agree 100%. Every time I update the system, should I have to perform a "complete" backup? That's foolish.

    I can create system restore points on every system I have, but not on the latest server?

    Please, please, please, ..... give us what we need.

    Monday, January 4, 2016 11:56 AM
  • I enabled the Windows Server backup feature using this guide - I think it's stupid that when you search for system restore, it takes you to a useless page within system properties.

    Friday, September 23, 2016 10:35 AM
  • A Virtual Server 2012 has no MSCONFIG Tool tab entry for System Restore.

    Since the title of this site is specific, your answer does not apply.

    C:\Windows\System32\rstrui.exe is non existent as well.

    Windows Backup is nowhere to be found.

    Windows Features does have a feature to add for Windows Server Backup.

    Try enabling this. Should require a reboot.


    Thursday, November 9, 2017 5:36 PM