A restore point in Windows is a way to restore the operating system to a particular state. Windows automatically creates a restore point when you install a program, install a driver or manually create a restore point.
The files that create a restore point in Windows are not accessible. A restore point is also not available in File Explorer. The hidden folder where a restore point is created in Windows is called “System Volume information” and is created in the root folder on each drive letter.
There are three ways to view a created restore point in Windows. The first is through the system Restore settings. The second is through vssadmin (“shadow copies”) and the third using PowerShell.
How to view restore points in Windows 11?
List all restore points via System Restore
To view a restore point via the system restore application in Windows, type into the Windows search bar:
The System Restore application will now open.
Click Next to proceed to the restore points created by Windows or manually.
You will now see the restore points created and for which type of event this happened. Windows place a description of itself that clarifies why and when a restore point was created.
View all restore points via vssadmin
In the Windows search bar type: cmd.exe. Next, right-click on the cmd.exe result and choose Run as Administrator.
In the Command Prompt window type:
vssadmin list shadows
You will now see the created restore points in Windows.
To restore a specific file from a shadow copy, you can use ShadowExplorer.
List restore points via PowerShell
In the Windows search bar type: PowerShell. Next, right-click on the Powershell result and choose Run as Administrator.
In the PowerShell window type:
Get-ComputerRestorePoint | Format-Table -AutoSize
You will now see the created restore points in Windows 11 using PowerShell.
I hope this has helped you. Thanks for reading!